Lake on the Mountain

Lake on the Mountain

A Dan Sharp Mystery

Book - 2012
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Univ of Toronto Pr
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.
Dan Sharp, a gay missing persons investigator, accepts an invitation to a wedding on a yacht in Ontario's Prince Edward County. But the event doesn't go as planned. A member of the wedding party is swept overboard and Dan finds himself deep in troubled waters as he searches for possible killers not only in the present but also 20 years earlier.

Baker & Taylor
When missing-persons investigator Dan Sharp attends a yacht wedding with his partner Bill, a deadly accident and a case of mistaken identity soon involves him in a dark mystery among a secret world of privilege.

Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, c2012
ISBN: 9781459700017
Characteristics: 482 p. ; 18 cm


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May 09, 2015

Male gay erotica. OK for some.

fillups Aug 07, 2013

A surprisngly weak Lambda winner. This book seems to be the first in an intended series with detective Dan Sharp, who works out of Toronto. Everything is overwritten in a gritty neo noir style. A character wanders by, two pages are given to generalize their life and they wander away never to be heard of again. The mystery about the death that takes place halfway through the book is dropped in favor of a decades old death. There are a few nice twists, a few of the characters are memorable, the Canadian settings are well wrought but the resolution feels half baked.

Jul 30, 2012


librarylil Mar 21, 2012

Genre should read gay murder mystery. A little more fierceness than any of the Ptown series but fluent language syntax. Sex is grittier than in the series

Cdnbookworm Feb 17, 2012

This is a Dan Sharp mystery, the first one I've read. Dan is a private investigator specializing in missing persons. He has a great track record on finding people. Dan is also gay, and this plays a big role in his book. He's been dating Bill, a doctor, for around a year, but still doesn't feel part of Bill's life. A trip for the two of them to a wedding in Eastern Ontario marks the first real public outing for the two of them. Dan's best friend Donny tries to get him to see that Bill isn't a real partner to him. Dan's teenage son Ked is a strong presence, the one person around which Dan's life is built, and a call to reason. Ked has a good head on his shoulders and tells Dan when he is out of line.
This book takes Dan back to his beginnings in Sudbury and also helps him look into a long-time missing persons case. Another of Dan's clients reminds him of his own early life in Toronto, escaping a home that made him feel unwanted. There is a lot of character development here, and it is needed as Dan has a lot of developing to do. He's been lucky in his life overall to get him where he is now, but he isn't entirely happy and needs to figure out what would make him happy.
An interesting book, with some interesting themes


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