Lion’s Head Revisited

Overview

Private investigator Dan Sharp investigates the disappearance of a young boy in the Canadian wilderness.

A five-year-old autistic boy disappears while on a camping trip with his mother, Janice, and her partner, Ashley. Reluctant to involve the police, they call in private investigator Dan Sharp when a ransom demand arrives. On investigating, Dan learns that the boy’s parents — including his biological father, Eli — have plenty of potential enemies who might be responsible for the kidnapping. Among them are Janice’s ex-husband, Dennis, a successful stock broker who believed the boy was his son, the boy’s surrogate mother, Sarah, now a drug addict, Eli’s former business partner, Elroy, a motorcycle gang member, and a mysterious woman whose unexpected appearance unnerves Janice.

In the meantime, Dan is encountering difficulties of his own when his best friend Donny takes issue with Dan’s new partner, Nick, a police officer who disapproves of Dan’s tendencies to tackle danger on his own.

A trip to Lion’s Head in the Bruce Peninsula, where the boy disappeared, brings Dan unexpectedly into contact with his own brutal upbringing. But when a suspected kidnapper is found dead, Dan suddenly finds himself chasing ghosts of the present as well as the past.

Reviews

[Jeffrey Round’s novels] not only give gay readers increasing representation in the world of crime fiction, but offer straight ones a reasonably complex glimpse of a community they’ll likely find isn’t especially different from theirs — except, presumably, for the murderous parts.

Niagara Falls Review, for After the Horses

About the Author

Jeffrey Round

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014
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Jeffrey Round

Jeffrey Round is the Lambda Award–winning author of the Dan Sharp mystery series and Endgame, dubbed a “punk rock reboot” of an Agatha Christie classic. His first two books were listed on AfterElton.com’s 50 Best Gay Books. He lives in Toronto.