2018-01-05 / Community

Cape author to speak at library

Maine author Richard Cass will be at South Portland Public Library Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. to discuss his latest book, “In Solo Time: An Elder Darrow Mystery.” Cass will discuss his book and answer questions from the audience. Copies of his books will be available to purchase at a reception and signing following the talk.

This latest book in the Elder Darrow mystery series begins with an alcoholic walking into a bar – and buying it. At the urging of his sometimes lover and sometimes drinking partner Jacquie Robillard, Elder Darrow uses the last of the money from the trust fund his mother left him to buy the Esposito, a bucket-of-blood bar in Boston that he plans to turn into a jazz nightclub. Before he can turn the place around, the body of Timmy McGuire, a jazz guitar player, shows up at the Esposito, stabbed to death.

Dan Burton, a Boston homicide detective, links Jacquie to the murder. She had a contentious relationship with the guitar player (and a few other men along the way). But one of the other men Jacquie is involved with is the son of an old-line Boston landlord with political designs on the commonwealth’s governorship. Burton arrests Jacquie for Timmy McGuire’s murder but Elder is certain something darker and deeper than a lover’s quarrel is at stake.

Elder’s need to solve Timmy’s murder peaks when his jazz singer lady friend, Alison Somers, is kidnapped by the perpetrators. In the end, he has to solve the mystery and rescue Alison without the help of the police or anyone else.

Cass is the author of “Solo Act,” the first volume in the Elder Darrow series. “In Solo Time” is the prequel to that book. It is the origin story for Elder and his friend, Boston Homicide detective Dan Burton.

The event is free and open to the public. The Author Talk series is sponsored by Friends of the South Portland Public Library.

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