Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ron Faust

Ed here: I wrote about Ron Faust the other night. He really was one of the finest writers of my genration. Ben Boulden wrote me tonight about my post the other day. I'll run a bit of it here but be sure to go over to Gravetaping for the entire piece (written before he heard from Faust's agent).

I thought you might like to know I heard from Ron Faust's literary agent, Jim Donovan, and he verified Ron died in 2011.  I don't know the details of his death (I asked in a follow up email), but JACKSTRAW is his final novel.
I also posted a short essay and his bibliography at Gravetapping.

Ron FRRFRon Faust: An Unforgettable Writer

Ron Faust is the best writer you have never heard of.  He was less 
than prolific, publishing 15 novels over four decades, but the 
novels he wrote were something special. He was compared 
to Ernest Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson, and 
Peter Matthiessen by critics, but he never got the break 
he needed, or his writing deserved.  His work leaned t
oward thrillers, but there was a substance, an atmosphere, 
to his novels, which is uncommon in the genre.

Mr Faust’s work was published in bursts.  His first

 six novels were published between 1974 and 1981; 
the first two titles were published in hardcover by 
the Bobbs-Merrill imprint Black Bat Mystery, and 
the remaining four appeared as paperback originals from 
Fawcett Gold Medal and Playboy Press.  

The next five titles, probably his most commercially 

successful, were published by TOR and its imprint 
Forge between 1993 and 2001; each was published in
 hardcover, and the first three were also published in mass 
market.  Mr Faust’s name left the bookstore shelves for a 
few years until Bantam published three novels featuring 
Dan Shaw, a law student and working paralegal who a
lways found trouble, in 2004 and 2005.  The Dan Shaw 
titles have been favorably compared with John D’s Travis
 McGee, and he is Ron Faust’s only recurring character.

His most recent title is an adventure novel titled Jackstraw

which was published earlier this year as a trade paperback
 by the independent Turner Publishing, and I’m pretty 
certain it will be his last.  The copyright for Jackstraw is 
held by Mr Faust’s literary agent, and while I was unable 
to find an obituary, get a response from his agent, 
or find anyone who knew Ron Faust more than in 
passing, I have the rotten feeling (and I hope I’m wrong) 
Mr Faust is dead.  

for the rest go here:

1 comment:

Julia Simpson Urrutia said...

That's really depressing but not unexpected. Thank you for talking about Mr. Faust. I had never heard of him before. Now I will read his books.