Books

This page contains a complete list of Scott William Carter’s books, listed in order of appearance, the newest at the top. For a list without images, please see the Bibliography page. For pages dedicated to a series, please use the Books drop-down menu at the top.

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A Shroud of Tattered Sails
A Garrison Gage Mystery

They find his body at the bottom of Heceta Head Lighthouse—Ed Boone, a longtime volunteer who commits suicide rather than see his grim diagnosis to its bitter end. The strangeness of the old man’s death makes the local news, but Garrison Gage thinks little of it until the famous Nora West sneaks into town with an unsettling letter in hand.

Professing he wants to go to his grave with a clear conscience, Ed claims to be Nora’s biological father. But the revelation stirs up all kinds of complicated emotions for the talented but troubled musician, who hires Gage to find out the truth.

Yet the truth may be a lot more disturbing — and dangerous — than either of them expect.

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The Ghost, the Girl, and the Gold
A Myron Vale Investigation

A week before Christmas, John and Laura Ray storm into Myron’s office, desperate to find their missing daughter. Money? They don’t have any. Clues? They have few. Plagued by mounting bills and a skull-crushing migraine, Portland’s only ghost detective wants nothing more than to show them the door.

But defying his conscience always proves tougher to Myron Vale than saying no, and he soon finds himself embroiled in one of the strangest cases of his career. [Learn more.]

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A Shroud of Tattered Sails
A Garrison Gage Mystery

A beached sailboat. A missing man. A distraught woman staggering ashore. There to greet her—Garrison Gage, full-time curmudgeon and part-time private investigator, who quickly finds himself thrust into his familiar role of crusader for the desperate and downtrodden. The woman claims to have no memory, but is she lying?   [Learn more.]

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A Myron Vale Investigation

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Genre:  Mystery | Fantasy
Suggested Reading Level:  16 years and up

Even the dead can die . . . the second in the riveting series about the private investigator who bridges both sides of the great divide.   [Learn more.]

Praise for GHOST DETECTIVE, the first book featuring Myron Vale:

“Ghost Detective has it all — suspense, humor, compelling characters, and a depth of emotion that kept me turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning.” – Leslie Claire Walker, author of Skin and Bone



  
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The Lovely Wicked Rain
A Garrison Gage Mystery

Genre:  Mystery | Fiction
Suggested Reading Level:  16 years and up

They find him on the beach, shooting bullets into the sand. His name? Jeremiah Cooper, the son of the bullheaded high school football coach. Slight of build, soft of voice, he’s got all kinds of torment lurking behind his eyes. But despite Garrison Gage’s best efforts, he can’t pull the kid out of his shell. Then someone turns up dead at the local community college, and Jeremiah’s fragile world shatters.   [Learn more.]

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Ghost Detective
A Myron Vale Investigation

Genre:  Mystery | Fantasy
Suggested Reading Level:  16 years and up

Everybody dies.  Nobody leaves … After narrowly surviving a near-fatal shooting, Portland detective Myron Vale wakes with a bullet still lodged in his brain, a headache to end all headaches, and a terrible side effect that radically transforms his world for the worse:  He sees ghosts. Lots of them. [Learn more.]

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Wooden Bones

Genre: Fantasy
Suggested Reading Level:  9 years and up

Becoming a real boy was just the beginning. The untold story of Pinocchio, with a dark twist.  Pino, as he’s come to be known after he became a real boy, has discovered that he has the power to bring puppets to life himself.  [Learn more.]

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The Gray and Guilty Sea
A Garrison Gage Mystery

Genre: Mystery| Fiction
Suggested Reading Level:  16 years and up

A battered detective.
A dead girl on the beach.
A small town on edge.

A curmudgeon. An iconoclast. A loner. That’s how people describe Garrison Gage, and that’s when they’re being charitable. [Learn More]

“Irresistible.”
– Brandywine Books

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A Desperate Place for Dying
A Garrison Gage Mystery

Genre: Mystery | Fiction
Suggested Reading Level:  16 years and up

An old flame.
A killer on the loose.
A crazy cult on the rise.

A desperate plea from an old flame entangles Gage in a high profile case involving a famous and brazenly outspoken lecturer on evolution and atheism, a crazy fundamentalist cult that uses all means necessary to silence its critics, and a brutal local murder of a far more personal nature. [Learn More]

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The Man Who Made No Mistakes

The Man Who Made No Mistakes

Suggested Reading Level:  16 years and up
Genre: Fantasy| Short stories

What if you had the power to rewind time?  Carter offers up eleven provocative tales that are sure to please his growing number of fans as well as win him new ones.

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The Care and Feeding of Rubber Chickens:  A Novel

Genre: Young adult | General fiction
Suggested Reading Level:  16 years and up

Part buddy story, part road trip adventure, and part ruminations on the difference between love and infatuation, the book offers up a vivid portrait of a young man who blunders into a thousand-mile quest to tell the girl of his dreams how he really feels.

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A Tale of Two Giants

Genre: Fantasy
Suggested Reading Level:  9 years and up

They meet on a rainy night, penniless and alone, both of them without a friend in the world. He’s a giant, short for his kind, who doesn’t care about anyone or anything. She’s a stubborn girl who’s lost her mother — and is determined to get her back. Together they take on an empire.

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Drawing a Dark Way:  A Fantasy Adventure

Suggested Reading Level:  9 years and up
Genre: Fantasy

When his sister is kidnapped by three black demon creatures with glowing white eyes and huge wings, Jason must pursue her into the dangerous world of Rymadoon to save her. It isn’t long before he discovers that in Rymadoon he’s not just great at drawing . . . He has the power to bring his drawings to life.

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President Jock, Vice President Geek

Genre: Young Adult
Suggested Reading Level:  15 years and up

It was a simple plan. She would help him pass algebra. He would help her win the student election. What could go wrong?  The result is the story of two mixed up teenagers struggling to find themselves and the craziest student election ever to hit the halls of Rexton High.

“Carter’s writing is on target.” – Publishers Weekly

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The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys

Genre: Young Adult
Suggested Reading Level:  15 years and up

Life spins on a wheel.  The choices you make in the heat of the moment, during times of crisis, can forever alter the rest of your life.  In THE LAST GREAT GETAWAY OF THE WATER BALLOON BOYS, two teenagers make the choice to steal their principal’s ‘67 Mustang and end up on a life-changing road trip.

The trip starts as a lark, to give Charlie Hill’s absent father a portrait Charlie drew, but it evolves into much more — an edgy coming-of-age tale where shy, sixteen-year-old Charlie and his more experienced friend, Jake Tucker, deal with issues like suicide, sex, drugs, and the meaning of friendship . . . before a crisis a thousand miles from home forces Charlie to make the ultimate choice of his life.

“Touching and impressive debut novel.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

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dinosaurdiaries2_ebookcoverThe Dinosaur Diaries and Other Tales Across Space and Time

Fantastic Books, February 2010
Republished by Flying Raven Press, July 2014
Suggested Reading Level:  15 years and up

Eighteen tales of wonder and magic … In this impressive collection, rising talent Scott William Carter showcases his considerable storytelling skills. Whether his tales lead to the edges of known space, to the fringes of understood time, or the wholesomeness of an American farm, time and again readers will find themselves encountering places and experiences that transcend the mere expected and delight the soul. The Dinosaur Diaries marks a collection not to be missed.

“Scott is one of those rare writers who can and does cross genres, and do it well. You never know what kind of story you’ll get from him, but you do know that it’ll be good.”
— Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo Award-Winning Writer and Editor

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A Web of Black Widows and Other Stories of Love and Loss

PS Publishing, March 2010
Suggested Reading Level:  For mature readers

In these six provocative tales, Scott William Carter takes the reader on a journey to places where love and loss intersect: a grieving tattoo artist makes a cross-country trip with a pregnant woman on the run from her disturbed husband . . . a mysterious artist finds a woman washed up on the beach and feels compelled to paint her . . . a young man who made a disastrous choice in wife is forced to crash weddings with his ghostly bride so she can remain on Earth . . .

Reading these and three other stories, you will be intrigued, moved, and troubled as Carter’s clear and engaging prose takes you on a guided tour of the darker corners of the human psyche. But as he writes in his introduction, “There’s hope in there, too. There has to be. Otherwise, why write at all?”

“While it may be small in size, A WEB OF BLACK WIDOWS is as powerful a package as dynamite.” – Gnostalgia

“The title story is a stunner.” – Fright.com

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