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 has been released OCTOBER 2013! 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 the new site in both!
Scott Miller will be an attending participant at the upcoming Magna Cum Murder Writers Seminar in Indianapolis, IN from October 25-27, 2013. Books available there for sale.
BOOK SIGNING! November 14, from 6-7pm at Subterranean Books, St. Louis, MO.
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:
Scott Miller lays out a good story, but doesn’t take too many words to hook the reader. The central character, Mitchell Adams, is well developed and likeable. Miller inserts Mitchell’s thoughts throughout the story, which sounds cheeky, but serves to endear the man to the reader. On the outside he’s cocky and competitive, but the inner thoughts reveal a much more typical guy. more…
I found this novel to be a great read. The title was intriguing and appropriate for the plot of the story. The author’s development of the main characters was well done. The story itself begins with a forboding image on page one. We move quickly away from that image, but it is there, waiting. We are skillfully taken into the world of mental illness by a clinical social worker. He is a sometimes cocky but always a compassionate participant in a not-so-perfect world. Becoming a murder suspect changes his life dramatically. We follow him through a maze of events both unimaginable and terrible. His tenacity in solving the murder takes him into other areas of crime involving some of St. Louis’s finest families. His story keeps one on the edge of one’s seat. We are both appalled and sympathetic with some of the characters. The story is riveting and we are held spellbound until the very end. I highly recommend this book. 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. More