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Jeffrey Round

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Jan. 28 2012 A Dan Sharp Mystery (Book 1)

Winner of the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Mystery

Dan Sharp, a gay father and missing persons investigator, accepts an invitation to a wedding on a yacht in Ontario's Prince Edward County. It seems just the thing to bring Dan closer to his noncommittal partner, Bill, a respected medical professional with a penchant for sleazy after-hours clubs, cheap drugs, and rough sex. But the event doesn't go exactly as planned.

When a member of the wedding party is swept overboard, a case of mistaken identity leads to confusion as the wrong person is reported missing. The hunt for a possible killer leads Dan deeper into the troubled waters and private lives of a family of rich WASPs and their secret world of privilege.

No sooner is that case resolved when a second one ends up on Dan's desk. Dan is hired by an anonymous source to investigate the disappearance, twenty years earlier, of the groom's father. The only clues are a missing bicycle and six horses mysteriously poisoned.

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Round draws readers deep into Dan's physical and psychological worlds, balancing his protagonist's faults with his gifts as an investigator and father.

(Publishers Weekly 2011-10-24)

A psychological treat. (Reviews by Amos Lassen 2012-01-25)

The writing is raw, the emotions are taut and author Jeffrey Round brings it together in a breathtaking conclusion. (Hamilton Spectator 2012-02-04)

Sharp and his teenaged son, Kedrick, are characters whose company readers will enjoy despite the darkness that infuses the novel. (Quill and Quire 2012-03-01)

Round has an extraordinary sense of place, ear for dialogue, rapid pacing, and a skillful way of layering his plots. (Stage and Page (online) 2012-03-07)

Canadian writer Round packs plenty of plot into this new mystery series (Richard Labonte 2012-03-19)

... [a] strong and interesting character. (The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 2012-03-24)

Such devotion to his work makes Rounds writing absorbing for readers. You sympathize with Sharp, even as he falls into a whiskey-drenched hell, and you wait for him to rise again. (Xtra! 2012-04-26)

About the Author

Jeffrey Round has published five previous novels, including the Bradford Fairfax Murder Mysteries. He has also written plays, directed short films, and served as a producer and writer for Alliance-Atlantis and CBC. Lake on the Mountain won the 2013 Lambda Award for best gay mystery. Round lives in Toronto.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeffrey Round has done it again! Feb. 13 2012
By Just Me - Published on Amazon.com
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There is only one problem with Round's writing, and that is there isn't more published yet. His writing is well done (says an old English teacher) and the characters are well developed and command attention. The plot of this book is riveting...at least for me, and I truly appreciate the overall quality of the entire work. I hope I live long enough to read many more of his books. I love being able to read a book without the need for a red pencil and screaming invective concerning lack of capability to use the language well. Kudos, Mr. Round! ( I also don't need martinis to get through the books as with many contemporary imposters of writing.)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful story - read it, please May 7 2012
By bill m - Published on Amazon.com
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this is an almost perfect mystery, well written and tightly woven - with a resolution that has the appropriate late twist and fateful turn. But what sets this book apart is the character Dan Sharp, and how he deals with the issues of life, especially framed by a gay man as parent, friend, lover, therapy victim - you name it, Sharp suffers through it and comes out the other end not unscathed but functioning, all the while solving a cold case that whispers melancholy to every gay reader. Perhaps the author drew from his own experiences in describing and defining Sharp but no matter - what the missing person finder wades through in this book is universal enough for a large body of readers - you don't have to be gay to understand the main character but it sure helps. Kudos to a Canadian who proves once again that our northern neighbors produce some of the best art available (find out about the late Steve Walker's art if you want another example). Although I had read his earlier work in printed form, it would be good if all of Round's writing gets to Kindle format because his earlier mysteries are fine, too, and will benefit from more exposure. And everyone should be asking Round to write another chapter in Sharp's life.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent story of a man battling the the pain of the past and searching for redemption May 15 2012
By Chicano - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent story of a man battling the the pain of the past and searching for redemption. Dan works for a private agency in Canada that specializes in missing persons.. And he is their top guy. He left home at 17 ... leaving a dad who had problems of his own... not the least of which was the death of his wife when Dan was 4 years old... Dan has a son of his own courtesy of trying to get closer to the girl's brother... Dan is the boy's principal caregiver and in turn the boy is Dan's principal joy in life. Dan's boyfriend is the heart surgeon without a heart.. and uses Dan as a sex toy and has done so for over a year... Dan joins Bill (the heartless surgeon) to a mysterious lake wedding where Dan is pushed into a 20 year old murder mystery. Much of this story is quite dark due to Dan's depressed state... the story manages to keep from being hopelessly gloomy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read! Feb. 23 2013
By Book Buff - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy flawed heroes, and a good mystery. This book had both, and I thoroughly enjoyed the work! I'll be looking for more works by Mr Round. He has a very good writing style that makes reading his work enjoyable and intriguing. A good book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY GOOD BOOK IN THIS GENRE July 23 2012
By D. Howard - Published on Amazon.com
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The books starts off slow. Mr. Round takes the time to build the characters, who are complex and not all very attractive, including Dan Sharp (maybe especially Dan Sharp.) Once it gets going though, this is a really good read. The mood is often bleak but the language is extremely rich and provocative. I can't wait for more Dan Sharp novels!
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