We’re heartbroken to report the death of Roger Hobbs. Details are sketchy. He is reported to have died on Monday the 14th of an overdose. He was 28.
Roger’s debut, Ghostman, was published soon after he graduated from Reed College in Portland. A staff favorite, Ghostman was nominated for many awards and he was the youngest author to receive the British Ian Fleming Silver Dagger in 2013. His sequal, Vanishing Games, was published in 2015.
Roger once asked us for books that dealt with someone being buried alive. He had the idea to use that device in a book he was working on. He went on to say he was looking around for someone who would bury him alive so he could know what it felt like. He was proud of his connections and associations in the more shadowy world. He was eager to see that his books had more than just the ring of verisimilitude. Whether his death was due to an experiment for his fiction or because of addiction, it is a true tragedy.
This is a great loss to Pacific Northwest crime writing, to international crime writing, to readers who enjoy a great story well written, and to those who knew him.
Too many losses, lately. Too damn many.
Bon voyage, Hobbs.