Richard J. Cass

Richard J. Cass graduated from Colby College in Maine and earned an MA in Writing from the University of New Hampshire. His short fiction has won prizes from Redbook, Writers’ Digest, and Playboy. He’s published six crime novels in the Elder Darrow jazz mystery series from Encircle Publications and a book of short stories called Gleam of Bone.

Solo Act, originally published by Five Star Publishing, was a finalist for the 2017 Maine Literary Award in Crime Fiction. Its prequel, In Solo Time, won the 2018 Maine Literary Award. The third book, Burton’s Solo, was published in 2018, and the fourth, Last Call at the Esposito, in 2019. Kirkus Reviews called Last Call “an immersive and satisfying addition to Boston crime fiction.” The fifth book, Sweetie Bogan’s Sorrow, was published on October 2, 2020, and won the Nancy Pearl Book Award from the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association. Mickey’s Mayhem was published in November of 2021.

Cass has studied with Thomas Williams, Jr., Ernest Hebert, and Ursula K. LeGuin. 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 Gray’s Sporting Journal, ZZYZVA, and Best Short Stories of the American West.  He lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Visit: or @DickCass on Twitter.

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