Jon Redfern’s first novel, The Boy Must Die, won Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel in 2002. His second novel, Trumpets Sound No More, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 2008. Jon Redfern was born and raised in Alberta. He has been a free-lance journalist for both the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail, a story editor for the CBC and a children’s playwright. Since 1989 his short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals including Grain, Event, and Descant. When Jon Redfern was a graduate student at the University of Toronto he became fascinated by a relatively unexplored period of theatre history. His subsequent thesis on the operas and melodramas of London’s great theatres, and the producers of these entertainments, became the basis for Trumpets Sound No More. Since that time, Jon has been researching and writing, teaching English as a professor at Centennial College in Toronto, serving for two years as the active Vice President, Toronto Chapter, of the Crime Writers of Canada, and traveling to Siena Italy, Havana Cuba, and Madrid Spain to attend conferences and continue research on up-coming writing projects. Jon lives in Toronto and in Waterton Lakes, Alberta.
Dundurn Canada, February 2015
Napoleon and Co., October 2007
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 2008