A licensed clinical social worker, Scott L. Miller earned his Master’s in Social Work at St. Louis University in 1979 and has worked with adults, children and the elderly in state and private hospitals in St. Louis city and county over thirty years. Starting at the old Malcolm Bliss and St. Louis State Hospitals provided him with his early psychiatric training and gave him his first taste of the street life partially captured in his second novel.
Long fascinated by the wonders of the human mind and an avid reader of psychological suspense and crime fiction novels, he quit writing exceptionally bad poetry and studied fiction writing under the late John Gardner and later at Washington University. He began writing and re-writing twenty versions of his first novel, The Interrogation Chair, in lieu of sleeping at night. The sequel, a stand-alone second novel, working title Counterfeit, is due to be published in the spring of 2013 by Blank Slate Press.
He is currently working on his third Mitchell Adams novel, working title The Virtual Suicide Machine, from his home in Chesterfield, MO, where he lives with his wife Beta and their barn of beagles and cats. He occasionally finds time for sleep now, unless the animals hog the bed.
COUNTERFEIT, released OCTOBER 2013, took third place in the Walter Williams Major Work Award at the 99th Missouri Writers’ Guild Symposium!
COUNTERFEIT is now available on Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com! It takes awhile for a new novel to propagate into these systems, so for now you must type in Counterfeit, Scott Miller to bring up Counterfeit in both!
Available as an e-book for $4.99.
COUNTERFEIT is now available for sale in the Fiction and Literature aisles at the Chesterfield, MO, Barnes & Noble bookstore located at 1600 Clarkson Rd, phone (636) 536-9636.
Mitchell Adams is a social worker in private practice in present day St. Louis, reeling from his lover’s murder, who receives an urgent late-night plea to see a suicidal man in city jail, surprising because the request comes from Detective Baker, who tried to imprison him for murder last year. A black man from north St. Louis named Lonnie stands accused of armed robbery and counterfeiting 25 million dollars. The evidence points to an open and shut case, but Detective Baker insists there’s more to the story. Reluctantly, Mitch meets with Lonnie and, as he gradually earns Lonnie’s trust, he finds there is indeed much more to the story—enough to get them both killed.more…
THIRD BOOK IN THE SERIES IS IN THE WORKS (working title) THE VIRTUAL SUICIDE MACHINE.
THE INTERROGATION CHAIR:
ODD USES FOR FUNNY MONEY IN ST. LOUIS AUTHOR’S ‘COUNTERFEIT’
Review from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Scott L. Miller
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In his day job, Scott L. Miller of Chesterfield labors as a psychiatric and medical social worker in St. Louis and St. Louis County. So it’s hardly a surprise that the hero of Miller’s first two novels — that would be Mitch Adams — labors as a psychiatric and medical social worker in St. Louis and St. Louis County.
Readers first met Adams in “The Interrogation Chair,” soon to be republished.
Now, in “Counterfeit,” Adams gets called in to interview a young man arrested as part of a counterfeiting ring behind millions in well-done $100 bills. Yes, the suspect is guilty. But no, he’s not an evil lawbreaker. His share of the counterfeit cash goes to fellow St. Louisans who are down and out — down on their luck and out of money.
The interesting part concerns the rest of the counterfeit bills — who has the money and what it will be used for. Although no reviewer should give away too much of a writer’s plot, it’s fair to say that those counterfeit bills are passing through some odd hands for an unusual purpose.
Harry Levins of Manchester retired in 2007 as senior writer of the Post-Dispatch.more…
The Interrogation Chair
The Interrogation Chair is an intense, psychological suspense novel with a heart that mixes elements of Jeffrey Deaver, Stephen White and Robert B. Parker. The Interrogation Chair crosses over to whet the appetites of traditional detective story readers, keep whoodunit mystery fans guessing and satisfy forensic novel aficionados–with enough sex, conflict and intrigue to keep the action spicy and the story moving.