Thomas Rendell Curran was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1939, the year the Second World War started and ten years before a narrow majority of the island’s population voted to join Newfoundland with Canada as the tenth province. It is no coincidence, then, that his novels are set in the post-war, pre-Confederation Newfoundland of the late 1940s. His protagonist is Inspector Eric Stride of the Newfoundland Constabulary. (The designation Royal was added to the Constabulary’s name in 1979.)
Thomas graduated with honours from Memorial University of Newfoundland (biology, chemistry) in 1961, and received his doctorate (plant pathology) from the University of Toronto in 1966. Following graduation, he worked in various capacities with Agriculture Canada, and for more than 20 years he was a senior researcher and writer with the Library of Parliament in Ottawa. He lives in Ottawa, but his roots remain in Newfoundland. He visits the island frequently for both research and for personal renewal.
The Inspector Stride Mystery Series:
Death of a Lesser Man, Boulder Publications, 2011
The Rossiter File, Breakwater Books, 2005
Undertow, Breakwater Books, 2002
Finalist, Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, 2003, for Undertow