Richard Cass is the author of Solo Act, the first novel in the Elder Darrow mystery series, which he pitched as "an alcoholic walks into a dive bar and decides to buy it." Solo Act was released in January of 2016 and was a finalist for the 2017 Maine Literary Awards in the Crime Fiction category. The prequel to Solo Act, In Solo Time, will be published in fall of 2017. Dick 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.