2017-05-12 / Community

Cape author to speak at library on May 13

Maine author Richard Cass will be at South Portland Public Library on Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m. to discuss his latest book, “Solo Act: An Elder Darrow Mystery.” Copies of “Solo Act” will be available to purchase at a reception and signing following the talk.

In this amateur sleuth mystery, Elder Darrow uses the last of his money to buy the Esposito, a bucket-of-blood bar in Boston, hoping to turn it into a jazz nightspot. Though he knows owning a bar will 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, they made a pact: he’ll stay off the booze if she keeps taking her antidepressants. When he hears Alison has committed suicide by diving out of her apartment window, instinct tells Darrow that she wouldn’t have killed herself without talking to him first.

Trying to uncover the real story, Darrow encounters a beautiful collector of jazz memorabilia, a Native American gangster with aspirations to management and a bomb-throwing piano player. Along with his friend Dan Burton, a homicide cop, Elder finds himself entangled in a web of greed and corruption that threatens much more than his sobriety.

A Cape Elizabeth resident, Cass began his writing career as a poet but became enamored by the possibilities of prose: first in short stories, then novels. He graduated from Colby College in Maine and earned an MA in writing from the University of New Hampshire. Cass lives with his wife, Anne, and a cat named Tinker. He is currently writing another novel featuring Elder Darrow.

The author talk series is sponsored by Friends of the South Portland Public Library. For more information, call the Main Library at 767-7660.

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