Shortly after finishing Keeper Coup de Grace, Cort Fernald's fifth novel and the sequel to his thrillers Keeper of an Ordinary and Keeper Trial & Vengeance, Cort died of pancreatic cancer on April 3, 2020, after a yearlong battle. 

Cort’s other novels include Algonquin, a story of awakening set in the mid-sixties and Sisters’ Secret, a thriller set in Park Forest, Illinois, the model of a post-World War II suburb. Sisters’ Secret shows the dark side of the perfect, planned community.

Cort also wrote a collection of nine short stories in West of Antipathy.

Cort held a degree in English from Southern Oregon University and did graduate work in journalism at the University of Oregon.


Cort became a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild and was highly active in the literary scene, taking on the responsibility of Editor for the Nebraska Anthologies, Voices of the Plains, for the first and second editions.

by Sue Hausl Michels

© 2014 Cort Fernald