COUNTERFEIT

Rick Skwiot, author of Key West Story, saysCounterfeit reveals a seamy, seductive St. Louis seething with racial tensions, marred by corruption and marked with mental illness. Along the way, the taut mystery teaches us the challenges of counterfeiting U.S. currency, the risks of clinical social work and how one man recovers from lost love.”  Feb. 27, 2013

HiLaur

Posted July 5, 2010

I will do little else when I find a good book. Besides cooking for my family, eating, and sleeping I read The Interrogation Chair straight through from front to back.

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.
The St. Louis reader will enjoy the references to local streets, customs and buildings. The out of towner will immediately recognize the societal issues of the day that a Ph. D. Social Worker would deal with. Throw in a tightly crafted psychological and thrilling plot, and this book is sure to entertain all readers of the genre. I hope Scott Miller writes another book around this character!

This story grabs you at the beginning and doesn’t let go. Subplots contribute to the main plot and keep you guessing and wanting answers until the very end. Mental illness is treated bluntly but with understanding.

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.

Posted February 6, 2011

Great Read!

Keeps you on edge and guessing from start to finish! Can’t wait to read the next book!