Today the book world lost a great man, David Thompson. He was the assistant manager at Murder by the Book in Houston and my book guru. He died suddenly yesterday at the young age of 37, 21 of those years being spent at Murder by the Book. I never met him, though we joked about me making a journey just to Houston so that our correspondence would be less like 84, Charring Cross Road and I could stalk more of the authors I love in person. Like Helene Hanff, I have left it too late, but know that the store will continue on with his memory to inspire them. It wasn't just my bookshelves that were better because of him, but my life.