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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (Jan. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459700015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459700017
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #332,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Good read, entertaining, kept me interested, will have to read more of this series of books if there is any
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6ce8540) out of 5 stars Jeffrey Round has done it again! Feb. 13 2012
By Just Me - Published on
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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 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.)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6ce878c) out of 5 stars a wonderful story - read it, please May 7 2012
By bill m - Published on
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6ce8750) out of 5 stars Rises To Literature - Stunning Work Oct. 17 2014
By Alan Arthur Katz - Published on
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I must have done something right in my life - three five-star books in a single week. And on top of that, discovering a heretofore unknown-to-me author whose work just blew me away.

Mr. Round is just enormously gifted. Lake On The Mountain is a 500 page book, but it just flowed so beautifully, and I ached so deeply for the characters, that I just couldn't put it down.

This is the story of a detective - not a traditional Film Noir, hardboiled detective, but a private detective, a gay private detective, a gay private detective with a 15-year-old son who specializes in finding missing persons - not always alive.

This character, Dan Sharp, is troubled, and far, far less than perfect. He's a man whose mother died when he was young and his father, distant and endlessly disapproving. Dan is in danger of becoming his father. His anger is right on the edge, his self-destructive behavior escalating, and he puts up with a "lover" who is distant, disapproving, and screwing around with other men. Not to mention that he drinks a hell of a lot too much.

He attends the wedding of a wealthy, young gay couple on Prince Edward Island (Canada). They dance at the mansion, they get married on a yacht. Then people start dying. Even worse, long-held and long-festering secrets start to come to the fore when Dan investigates the murder at the cold, calculating mother's behest. Invariably, things come out. Her husband, the father of their two children, disappeared more than twenty years ago, after he was accused by his wife of assault. The then-high-school-principal was fired, and the courts forbade him to see his own children. Of course, all that was engineered by the evil woman he married.

There are amazing parallels between Craig, the missing father and Dan - the father who is spiraling out of control. Researching Craig's story, Dan discovers his own - and a new found belief that he doesn't have to let the damage of his childhood rule his life.

At times, Dan is brilliant, cruel (when he lashes out), ridiculously gullible (when it comes to his personal life), but still compassionate and desperately needing to protect and love his son, Ked.

Some books are so well-written that they become literature, and Lake On the Mountain is one of that rare breed. The dialogue, settings, interior conversations and pacing are stunning. There's hot sex, but it really doesn't matter - it's an integral part of the story and Dan's journey to self-discovery. He is one of the most messed-up anti-heroes I've encountered in 50 years of reading, yet one of the most beautiful and hopeful.

To top it all off, Lake On The Mountain is both beautiful and beautifully written. What a combination!

Later tonight, I start on the next Dan Sharp novel - or any book by this amazingly talented author.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6ce8a44) 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
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6ce8aa4) out of 5 stars Well worth reading April 15 2012
By Sharon - Published on
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I've read and enjoyed several of Mr Round's books now and this book is not an exception.
The mystery is well thought out and the writing is excellent.
Dan Sharp is an expert at finding missing persons and when a guest on a wedding cruise falls overboard he is lead to a case which challenges him on more than one level. As Dan investigates what happened to a father who disappeared more than 20 years before he is forced to look at his relationship with his own father and with his own son.
I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series as I really want to know this man.