2013 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Mystery — Winner
When missing persons investigator Dan Sharp attends a wedding, he finds himself investigating more than one murder.
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.
In this skillfully told first in a new series from Canadian author Round (Vanished in Vallarta), Dan Sharp, a Toronto missing persons investigator and gay single father, is thrilled to be invited to a wedding in Prince Edward County. Thom Killingworth, an old friend of Dan s commitment-phobic lover, Bill, is marrying his mail-order bride, Sebastiano Ballancourt, on the family yacht. But first Dan must look into the disappearance of a teenage boy. As he hits the haunts of runaway teens, Dan is reminded of his own dark youth and vows to keep his 14-year-old son, Ked, from such pain and misery. Dan s hopes for a romantic weekend with Bill are dashed as prewedding jitters between Thom and Sebastiano turn into high tension. The fatal fall of Sebastiano s sister off the yacht soon looks much more like murder than an accident. Round draws readers deep into Dan s physical and psychological worlds, balancing his protagonist s faults with his gifts as an investigator and father.