Scott Lax – Novelist & Writer

"A master wordsmith of the first order" - The Midwest Book Review, 3/1/14

Author of the novels
VENGEANCE FOLLOWS (now in hardcover)
and THE YEAR THAT TREMBLED
Both available everywhere!

"Scott Lax is a master wordsmith of the first order and once again demonstrates his talent and expertise with "Vengeance Follows.' A minor masterpiece of suspense and human nature, 'Vengeance Follows" is a terrifically entertaining read from beginning to end. Very highly recommended."
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW 2014-03-01



ADVANCE PRAISE FOR "VENGEANCE FOLLOWS"
“Mesmerizing and masterful . . . Aching suspense . . . Gets inside the head of a lethal sociopath while maintaining a loving evocation of a quiet Ohio town with a Richard Russo–like respect for the human soul.”
—Ron Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and New York Times #1 bestselling coauthor of Flags of Our Fathers

“Lyrical and stark by turns, Vengeance Follows is as spare as a Hemingway story and as creepy as one by Poe.”
—Mary Doria Russell, 2005 Pulitzer Prize nominee and author of The Sparrow

“Lean, compelling, and impossible to put down. I plowed through Scott Lax’s Vengeance Follows and enjoyed every minute of a book written by an author at the top of his game.”
Josh Karp, author of A Futile and Stupid Gesture and Straight Down the Middle

“Beautifully written and memorable . . . A story of poignant love, brutal loss, and triumphant renewal, a testament to the human spirit against all odds.”
—Phillip Gardner, author of Someone To Crawl Back To

“A spare and elegant tale about wayward grief on a collision course with what Hannah Arendt termed ‘the banality of evil.’ Set in a small town in Ohio, the story hurtles toward a fierce inevitability, and you will find yourself wondering whether mere human goodness is enough to alter its course. In Scott Lax’s hands, how this question gets worked out through closely drawn characters, and through crimes old and new, achieves a level of real artistry.”
—Shelley Costa, author of You Cannoli Die Once

FROM TOM WALKER, BOOK EDITOR, THE DENVER POST…
“THE YEAR THAT TREMBLED is one of 1998's Milestones in Fiction... A powerful coming of age story of a group of friends who are waiting to learn their fate in the selective service lottery that will determine whether they will be called on to fight in the Vietnam war... Those of us who came of age in those years remember the fear, the soul searching we went through. Lax captures the mood of the era and tells a strong tale of love, brotherly and otherwise.”

FROM TOM PERROTTA, AUTHOR OF THE ABSINENCE TEACHER, ELECTION, AND LITTLE CHILDREN…
THE YEAR THAT TREMBLED is funny, nostalgic and troubling all at once. Scott Lax brings a tumultuous era back to life, with all its pain, excitement and complexity intact.”

FROM RON POWERS, PULITZER PRIZE-WINNER AND NEW YORK TIMES #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, AND AUTHOR OF MARK TWAIN: A LIFE…
“Reading THE YEAR THAT TREMBLED is like discovering a lost Beatles album. With perfect pitch for voices and artifacts, Scott Lax bathes us in the painful, sad, sweet music of the last hopeful time; a time when young American men, pulled toward the killing fields of an awful war, still dared to dream of strawberry fields forever.”

FROM THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW…
“Articulate with passion, humor and heartbreak, THE YEAR THAT TREMBLED brings back a tumultuous time of conflict and pain endured by so many in such a diverse period in our country and our families.”
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FROM ANN HOOD, AUTHOR OF THE KNITTING CIRCLE, SOMEWHERE OFF THE COAST OF MAINE AND THE ORINTHOLOGISTS GUIDE TO LIFE…
“‘Life in America felt as if it were being recast, reshaped, and even redeemed.’ In his lovely prose, Lax returns us to that time and reminds us of how it was to live and love then.”

FROM RON HANSEN, AUTHOR OF THE ASSASINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD; ATTICUS, MARIETTE IN ECSTASY, AND HITLERS NIECE.
“THE YEAR THAT TREMBLED is an affecting, funny, poignant novel about a subject that many lived but only Scott Lax has written so well about. It's very fine.”

FROM VIETNAM VETERANS MAGAZINE…
“Clever plot... This fast-paced, dialogue-driven book contains serious themes and a compelling story.”

FROM SAMANTHA GILLISON, AUTHOR OF THE KING OF AMERICA AND THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY…
“Scott Lax has written a lovely novel, full of wisdom, sadness and joy that honestly and heartbreakingly tells the story of young men confronting the Vietnam War.”