" The writing is raw, the emotions are taut ... Round brings it together in a breathtaking conclusion."
—Don Graves, Hamilton Spectator
"Round is at the top of his game. A splendid read."
—Gail Bowen, author of the Joanne Kilbourn series
I come at writing from a literary perspective. Meaning, creating art with words. In fiction, I like strong plotting, believable characterization, and fine prose. I believe the journey is far more important than simply propelling a story through non-stop action to a startling reveal at a book’s end. I enjoy books with psychological depth and meaning, like the novels of James Joyce, where personal suffering shades into something more universal. Yet I can also enjoy a well-written [Read more]
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to the website for writer and director Jeffrey Round, home of the Bradford Fairfax and Dan Sharp murder mystery series. Jeffrey’s first two books, A Cage of Bones and The P-town Murders, were listed on AfterElton’s Top 100 Gay Books. His most recent novel is the literary-thriller Lake On The Mountain (Dundurn.) These and all Jeffrey’s titles are available through this website and from good independent bookstores, who need your support now more than ever.
THE MYSTERY OF DASHIELL HAMMETT
Dashiell Hammett, along with Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, are considered the three pillars of classic American hard-boiled writing. Hammett came first, however, and pretty well perfected the genre and writing style when it was still in its infancy. As much as the latter two authors leaned on him, to my mind they never surpassed him. He was the best.
I am not the first to note the curious fact that Hammett published five mysteries in five years, one of them among the greatest novels ever written, then never finished another book for the remaining 27 years of his life. No one ever really figured out why, including Lillian Hellman, his companion during those 27 years, though alcoholism, tuberculosis, and persecution by the US government (Hammett spent time in jail due to his political beliefs) are among the chief suspects. (A new collection of his short fiction, The Hunter and Other Stories, reveals that Hammett may have been hoping to shake the tough-guy image and write something completely different, but the stories failed to interest editors, hence their publication now for the first time.)
His first novel, Red Harvest (1929) has a standard-issue feel at the opening, when an unnamed private ... [Read More]