Author Archives: Richard Cass

The Addled Protagonist

Sitting around thinking why so many protagonists in crime fiction, at least at the darker ends of the spectrum, have protagonists who are addicted in some way. From Sherlock’s 7 per cent solution to the “dull routine of existence” to … Continue reading

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Readers. Gotta love ’em

Got a nice note from an old friend reconnecting the other day. He’d bought both books, read the first, and was halfway through the second. He vowed that he was enjoying them and couldn’t wait for me to write the … Continue reading

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Cursing John McPhee

Before anything else, acknowledgements to various places that have helped me launch In Solo Time, the prequel to last year’s Solo Act. More to come as the fall unfolds. In no particular order, many thanks to: Gulf of Maine Books … Continue reading

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Present the Present

Inevitable, maybe, on the first day of September, that we all take a long breath and maybe the long weekend to calm ourselves after the usual too-busy summer and anticipate the rabbit-rabbit ratchet-down of social activity before we go into … Continue reading

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Thanking the Mentors

I’m riding the crest of feeling very supported lately by excellent blurbs from good friends and fellow authors (see the kind words here) as I get ready to launch In Solo Time, the prequel to Solo Act, and thinking about … Continue reading

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I Could Use That

Only because it’s happened to me three times in the last week am I moved to address something I’m sure many writers have to deal with, that moment when someone tells you a bit of interesting information or an intriguing … Continue reading

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“Be Tender, Laugh More”

A prolific and well-loved Oregon writer, Brian Doyle, died last week. Though I shared the other Portland with him for thirteen years, I didn’t know him except through his essays and fiction. He edited the University of Portland’s alumni magazine … Continue reading

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