Jack Casey (1950—) came of age in the Catholic parishes of Troy, New York, a mill city at the head of Hudson River navigation. His grandfather, son of an Irish immigrant, left school at the age of eleven to work in the steel mills. His father rose out of the South Troy’s Irish ghetto to serve as county prosecutor, judge of the criminal court and associate justice of the state’s Appellate Division.
Mr. Casey studied literature at Yale University (1972) and University of Edinburgh (1973-74). His novels include LILY OF THE MOHAWKS (Bantam, 1984), A LAND BEYOND THE RIVER (Bantam, 1988; Diamond Rock, 2005) and THE TRIAL OF BAT SHEA (Diamond Rock, 1994, 2011).
He graduated with honors from Albany Law School (1987), drafted criminal law bills for the New York State Assembly, served as the New York State Senate parliamentarian for a dozen years, and as a county political leader for seven election cycles.
Mr. Casey has two children, Molly who attends Albany Law School, and John who studies creative writing in Newcastle upon Tyne. He maintains a private law practice in a Troy townhouse while working on various literary and musical projects. Find out more about Jack at: JackCasey.com.