Roger J. Hobbs

Portland, Oregon

1988 - 2016


Portland, Oregon


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Hobbs, Roger J. 28 June 10, 1988 Nov. 14, 2016 Roger John Hobbs, 28, of Portland, died Nov. 14, 2016 of a drug overdose. He was born June 10, 1988 in Boston as the only son of Randy and Renee Hobbs. He attended elementary school in Harvard, Mass., 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. Roger developed his interest in the noir genre at Reed College, where he graduated with a major in English. 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. 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, 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. 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." Roger is survived by his parents; his sister, Rachel LeCure and her husband, Joshua LeCure; and his longtime partner, Lara Evenson. Other family members include his uncles, Raymond Hobbs and Steven Shilcusky, and their partners and children. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Holman's Funeral Home, 2610 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland. Calling hours will be from 2:30-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Philadelphia Young Playwrights, an educational association that supports and nurtures the development of young writers.

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I kept looking and looking for the next novel on Amazon, and just today ran across the notice of Mr. Hobbs' memorial service. I didn't know him, but just loved his books. So sad, but I hope he is at peace. A fan.

So sorry for your loss.

So sorry to hear of your loss. I really loved his books and was looking forward to many to come. He was a talented writer, may he rest in peace.

The world has lost a truly talented writer. I will forever wonder about what the next novel would have been. My condolences to Roger's family and friends.

From a librarian fan in Las Vegas, NV

So sorry for this tragic loss. An amazing talent and what an accomplished writer. I am an avid reader and have devoured Mr Hobbs books and they brought much enjoyment and engagement. Condolences to the family of this amazingly talented young man gone way way too soon

To young to leave us, RIP.

Unforgettable Roger

He was a talented young man, too young to leave us. I didn't know him personally, but I shall miss his writing.

Roger at the falls