R.I.P. David Thompson

Murder by the Book bookstore:

It is with deep sadness that we must share the news that David Thompson passed away suddenly on September 13th, 2010. David worked at Murder By The Book for 21 years, and he made an indelible impression on the store and everyone who met him. There will be a memorial service, and we will share the details as soon as they are available. In the meantime, David’s wife, McKenna Jordan, asks that no tributes be sent to the bookstore for now. We appreciate the loving support that customers have always given the store, and in the difficult days to come we will need it more than ever.

David Thompson was the founder of Busted Flush press.

Less than three weeks ago: Busted Flush Press joins forces with Tyrus Books!

A sampling of the shock from Twitter:

OMG just heard about David Thompson at Murder by the Book, my heart is brokenTue Sep 14 15:17:20 via web

When I first read Bill Crider’s tweet, I thought it must be some other David Thompson. Not *our* David. Feel like I’ve been punched.Tue Sep 14 15:15:37 via web

I have lost a “best Friend”. David Thompson @murderbooks was my book guru for 15 years. He introed me to so many great writers. #thrillersTue Sep 14 15:10:56 via web

Book lover and publisher David Thompson of Houston, TX has passed away. This is an utterly tragic shock to the system. Can’t believe it.Tue Sep 14 15:08:29 via web

Sad. David Thompson no longer with us. Just…sad. Goddamn it.Tue Sep 14 15:00:45 via TweetDeck

My dear friend David Thompson died last night – he’s lost to us and I feel lost as well.Tue Sep 14 15:00:06 via TweetDeck

Thinking of all the wonderful conversations I’ve had with David Thompson. The mystery community will not be the same without him.Tue Sep 14 14:49:20 via TweetDeck

The world seems to have stopped. I can’t believe I’m writing this: RIP David Thompson. Love, thoughts and prayers to you, McKenna.Tue Sep 14 14:22:17 via HootSuite

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3 responses to “R.I.P. David Thompson

  1. Neal Thomspon

    Dave is my brother. I read your email log and it was as though he was sitting right in front of me. He gave me one of the Zippo’s as my wedding gift. It is a little beaten up but I have carried it with me daily for four years. Thank you for your kind words in this time of sorrow. He is a great man, a best friend, and a damn good brother! God bless.

  2. Nancy Dillow

    I want to thank all those whose schedules were flexible enough to be able to come to the Celebration of Life for David this afternoon. I was both amazed and speechless at the number of people who showed up. It was exactly the type of “party” that David would have enjoyed. On behalf of David’s sister Shelley and his brother Oneal, I want to tell you how gratified I was by all the wondrous things you said about my son. I hope that I have made friends with a lot of you that I had never met before. Please tell me the stories so I can share them with his family. Ben, with Tyrus Press, wants to put out an anthology of the stories that have emerged of David’s work throughout the years. Please check his website for the information.

    Shelley, Oneal and I will do our best to tell you the stories of his growing up years so that you will have a small hint of why he is the way he is.

    Nancy Thompson Dillow, his mom. armadillow@windstream.net

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