Richard J. Cass is the author of the Boston-based Elder Darrow Mystery series. The first release in the series, Solo Act, was nominated for a Maine Literary Award in 2017. The second release in the series, In Solo Time, is the origin story for Elder and his friend, Boston homicide detective Dan Burton. In Solo Time won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction for 2018. Burton’s Solo and Last Call at the Esposito continue the story of Elder and Burton and the Esposito Bar and Grill. Cass’s short fiction has been published widely and won prizes from Redbook, Writers’ Digest, and Playboy. His first collection of stories is called Gleam of Bone. He blogs with the Maine Crime Writers at and serves on the board of Mystery Writers of America’s New England chapter. He lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with his wife Anne, and a semi-feral Maine Coon cat named Tinker, where he writes full time.

Last Call at the Esposito