Roger Hobbs

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Roger Hobbs
Born June 10, 1988
Died (aged 28)
Education Reed College[1][2]
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Roger Hobbs (June 10, 1988 – November 14, 2016)[3] was an American writer.[4] He was the author of Ghostman and Vanishing Games.[5][6] In 2011, Hobbs sold the adaptation rights to his crime fiction Ghostman to Warner Brothers.[7][8] In 2014, Hobbs was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author.[9][10][11] Roger Hobbs died of a drug overdose in Portland, Oregon, on November 14, 2016.[12]



Roger John Hobbs was born June 10, 1988 in Boston as the only son of Randy and Renee Hobbs. He attended elementary school in Harvard, MA and graduated from Conestoga High School in the Tredyffrin-Easttown school district, a suburb of Philadelphia. Roger was a masterful storyteller who achieved considerable success in the craft of writing at an early age. While still in high school, Roger's one-act play, "Not Another Divine Comedy" won the Pittsburgh New Works Festival and was performed by the Open Stage Company in 2007. His essay on growing up with online media, "Instant Message, Instant Girlfriend," was published by the New York Times in 2008.[13] Roger developed his interest in the noir genre at Reed College, where he graduated with a major in English in 2011. He wrote his senior thesis on the narratology of suspense in the mysteries of Edgar Allan Poe, working under the supervision of Professor Robert Knapp. Roger's friends also knew him as a talented composer and performer of tabletop role-playing games, including Eon, which was played at Reed College from 2007 to 2013.

In 2013, with the support of his agent Nat Sobel and his editor Gary Fisketjon, Roger's crime novel, "Ghostman," was published by Alfred A. Knopf. The book made the New York Times bestseller list and was translated into 20 different languages; Warner Bros. picked up the movie rights. In 2014, Roger's second book, Vanishing Games was published. Roger received numerous awards in recognition of his writing including the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Best Thriller,[14] the Strand Critics Award for best first novel, and the Maltese Falcon Society Award for Best Hardboiled Novel. The New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani praised Roger as a gifted crime writer.[15] Of Roger's untimely death, Bill Scott-Kerr, his British publisher said, "The sense of potential unfulfilled and just utter waste is a desolate one – his future was so sparkling a prospect and his talent so rare, it beggars belief that he won't be here to deliver on his promise."


  1. ^ "Bookmarks: Reed College graduate Roger Hobbs publishes first novel at 24". Oregon Live. 
  2. ^ "Portland Author Roger Hobbs on Writing and "Delicious" Suits - Portland". '"Portland Runtimes. 
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  4. ^ Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A. "How a Twentysomething Debut Author Pulled Off a Crime Bestseller". Wall Street Journal. 
  5. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (2013-02-10). "'Ghostman' by Roger Hobbs". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. 
  6. ^ VANISHING GAMES by Roger Hobbs | Kirkus Reviews. 
  7. ^ Miller, Daniel. "Warner Bros. Picks Up 'The Ghostman' Adaptation Rights". Hollywood Reporter. 
  8. ^ "Roger Hobbs - Interview". Booklist. 
  9. ^ "Two Portland writers are Edgar Award finalists; Simenon gets new translations; Eugene authors and publishers: crime fiction roundup". Oregon Live. 
  10. ^ "Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2014 |". 
  11. ^ "2014-Edgar-Nominees". Daily Kos. 
  12. ^ Cowdrey, Catherine (November 16, 2016). "Transworld mourns 'tragic' death of author Roger Hobbs, aged 28". The Bookseller. Archived from the original on April 14, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  13. ^ Hobbs, Roger (2008-05-25). "Instant Message, Instant Girlfriend". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  14. ^ "The CWA Dagger Awards: A Literary Award for Crime Fiction". Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  15. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (2013-02-10). "'Ghostman' by Roger Hobbs". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-17.