Wednesday, July 28, 2010

R.I.P., Jon Cleary

The Gumshoe Site brings the sad news that Australian Jon Cleary, the author of The Sundowners (1951) as well as a long-running series starring Scobie Malone, a detective with the New South Wales police force, died on July 19 at age 92. The cause of death has been described as “a heart-related illness.” In 1996, Cleary was given the Ned Kelly Award for Lifelong Contribution to the Crime, Mystery and Detective Genres. His last published novel was Four-Cornered Circle (1998).

A tribute Web site “for family and friends to gather, share their memories, and celebrate the life of our beloved friend Jon Cleary” has been made available here.

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