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 On Saturday, July 21st, 1:00-3:00, Author Richard Cass, Winner of the 2018 Maine Literary Awards
Book Award for Crime Fiction will offer Book 1 - In Solo Time, and Book 2 - Solo Act, in the Elder Darrow Mystery Series for sale/signing.































































​​About In Solo Time:
In Solo Time has won the 2018 Maine Literary Awards Book Award for Crime Fiction.

An alcoholic walks into a bar . . . and buys it. At the urging of his sometimes lover and sometimes drinking partner Jacquie Robillard, Elder Darrow uses the last of the money from the trust fund his mother left him to buy the Esposito, a bucket-of-blood bar in Boston that he plans to turn into a jazz nightclub. But before he can turn the place around, the body of Timmy McGuire, a jazz guitar player, shows up on the small stage at the Esposito, stabbed to death.
Dan Burton, a Boston Homicide detective, likes Jacquie for the murder. She had a contentious relationship with the guitar player (and a few other men along the way). But one of the other men Jacquie is involved with is the son of an old-line Boston landlord with political designs on the commonwealth’s governorship. Elder is certain something darker and deeper than a lover’s quarrel is at stake.
In the end, he has to solve the mystery without the help of the police or anyone else.

​About Solo Act;

Solo Act was released in January of 2016 and was a finalist for the 2017 Maine Literary Awards in the Crime Fiction category. 

An alcoholic walks into a bar . . . and buys it. In this amateur sleuth mystery, Elder Darrow used the last of the money from the trust fund his mother left him to buy the Esposito, a bucket-of-blood bar in Boston, hoping to turn it into a jazz nightspot. Though he knows that working in a bar is going to test his sobriety, he’s relying on the support of his ex-lover, a jazz singer named Alison Somers. The two of them split when Alison moved to New York to further her career but before she left, the two of them made a pact: he’ll stay off the booze if she keeps taking her antidepressants, which keep her from another suicide attempt. Then one day Elder hears that Alison has killed herself by diving out her apartment window. With his sobriety threatened, he follows an instinct that says she wouldn’t have quit taking her meds, or killed herself, without talking to him first. 

With the reluctant help of his friend Dan Burton, a homicide cop, Elder investigates and encounters a conspiracy of local thugs, corrupt physicians, and shipments of pharmaceuticals of questionable quality,


About the Author:

Richard Cass has also published a book of short stories entitled Gleam of Bone. Cass holds a graduate degree in writing from the University of New Hampshire, where he studied with Thomas Williams, Jr. and Joseph Monninger. He's also studied with Ernest Hebert, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Molly Gloss. He has been an Individual Artist's Fellow for the state of New Hampshire and a Fellow at the Fishtrap Writers' Conference in Oregon. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Playboy, Gray’s Sporting Journal, ZZYZVA, and Best Short Stories of the American West.

He blogs with other Maine Crime Writers at Maine Crime Writers and serves on the board of the Mystery Writers of America New England chapter. And he continues to enjoy contributing to regional panels on crime writing and giving readings and talks at Maine's libraries and book stores.

dick.cass@gmail.com