Richard Cass graduated from Colby College in Maine and earned an MA in Writing from the University of New Hampshire. His short fiction was won prizes from Redbook, Writers’ Digest, and Playboy. He’s published five novels and a book of short stories called Gleam of Bone.
The second entry in the Elder Darrow jazz mystery series, Solo Act, was a finalist for the 2017 Maine Literary Awards in Crime Fiction. Its prequel, In Solo Time, won the 2018 Maine Literary Award in Crime Fiction. The third book, Burton’s Solo, was published in 2018, and the fourth, Last Call at the Esposito, last September. The fifth book, Sweetie Bogan’s Sorrow, was published on October 2, 2020.
At the University of New Hampshire, he studied with Thomas Williams, Jr. and Joseph Monninger. He has 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. Cass serves on the board of Mystery Writers of America’s New England Chapter and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Visit: rjcassbooks.com.