American crime and thriller author Roger Hobbs has died, his publisher and Knopf has confirmed. He was 28.
Known best for 2013’s Ghostman and the 2015 sequel Vanishing Games , Hobbs started writing young. His first play was produced at 19 and he was published in the New York Times at 20 before signing a movie deal at 21.
Hobbs wrote Ghostman during his senior year at Reed College and inked a book deal with Knopf when he was just 23. Ghostman became a bestseller and Hobbs went on to be nominated for several major crime awards. In 2013, Hobbs became the first person ever to win a CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller of the year, and in 2015, he became the youngest person to win the Maltese Falcon award. He also won the Strand Critics award and was nominated for the Edgar, Barry, and Anthony awards. Hobbs’ books are published by Transworld.
Hobbs’ editor at Knopf Gary Fisketjon said in a statement to the Bookseller: “It is is a shocking, tragic loss. Roger accomplished so much as a writer in so little time, and his future was sure to be extraordinary in ways we’ll now never know. And as his friend I’m doubly devastated.”
Hobbs had plans for a forthcoming book in the series, City of Sirens, due out in 2018.