He gained international fame with the crime novel The Glendower Legacy and later with the
Gifford also published under the names Dana Clarins and Thomas Maxwell.
He died of cholangiocarcinoma in his home in
Won awards at Harvard for creative writing; worked at The Sun Newspaper and The Guthrie; won Putnam's prize for best first novel (The Wind Chill Factor).
Gifford lived life large, had friends throughout the world, and lived life by his favorite credo—we're not here for a long time; we're here for a good time.