Scott William Carter Books

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Scott William Carter is American bestselling author who writes in various genres including, mystery, young adult, and fantasy. The author was born in Minnesota but raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Before his writing career, Carter operated a bookstore, worked as a computer trainer and a ski instructor. Carter went to the University of Oregon, and in 1994, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He is currently a resident of Oregon, married and a father of two children, a son, and a daughter.

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Order of Garrison Gage Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Gray and Guilty Sea (As: Jack Nolte) 2010 Description / Buy
2 A Plunder by Pilgrims (Short Story) (As: Jack Nolte) 2010 Description / Buy
3 A Desperate Place for Dying (As: Jack Nolte) 2012 Description / Buy
4 The Lovely Wicked Rain (As: Jack Nolte) 2014 Description / Buy
5 A Shroud of Tattered Sails 2015 Description / Buy
6 A Lighthouse for the Lonely Heart 2017 Description / Buy
7 Bury the Dead in Driftwood 2019 Description / Buy
8 A Deep and Deadly Undertow 2020 Description / Buy
9 A Cold and Shallow Shore 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Lost Lands of Rymadoon Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Drawing a Dark Way 2011 Description / Buy
2 A Tale of Two Giants 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Myron Vale Investigations Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Haunted Breadbox (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
2 Ghost Detective 2013 Description / Buy
3 The Ghost Who Said Goodbye 2015 Description / Buy
4 The Ghost, the Girl, and the Gold 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Scott William Carter Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 President Jock, Vice President Geek 2010 Description / Buy
2 The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys 2010 Description / Buy
3 The Care and Feeding of Rubber Chickens 2012 Description / Buy
4 Wooden Bones 2012 Description / Buy
5 The Castle on the Hill at the Edge of the World 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Scott William Carter Short Stories/Novellas

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1 The Liberators (Short Story) 2009 Description / Buy
2 Heart of Stone (Short Story) 2009 Description / Buy
3 Tommy Top Hat (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy
4 The Red Scarf (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy
5 Lincoln and the Dragon (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy
6 The Dragon of the Dolomites (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
7 The Android Who Became a Human Who Became an Android (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
8 Last Stop on Dowling Street (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Scott William Carter Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Dinosaur Diaries and Other Tales Across Space and Time 2010 Description / Buy
2 Web Of Black Widows (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy
3 The Unity Worlds at War (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
4 Tales of Twisted Time (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
5 Strange Ghosts (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
6 Strange Romance (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
7 The Man Who Made No Mistakes 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Fiction River Series with Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, John Helfers, Rebecca Moesta, Thomas K. Carpenter

# Read Title Published Details
1 How to Save the World ( By: Dean Wesley Smith) 2013 Description / Buy
2 Time Streams ( By: Dean Wesley Smith) 2013 Description / Buy
3 Valor ( By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith) 2015 Description / Buy
4 Last Stand ( By: John Helfers) 2016 Description / Buy
5 Tavern Tales ( By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith) 2017 Description / Buy
6 Wishes ( By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Rebecca Moesta) 2018 Description / Buy
7 Time Travelers ( With: Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Thomas K. Carpenter) 2020 Description / Buy

Scott William Carter Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Cat Tales 2: Fantastic Feline Fiction 2010 Description / Buy
2 Racing the Clock 2016 Description / Buy
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Carter has published several short series such as Myron Vale series and Garrison Gage series. Furthermore, he has also issued stand-alone novels and short stories as well.


Carter was the winner of the 2011 Oregon Book Award for Young Adult novel category for his book, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys.


These are two best books by Scott William Carter, The Gray and Guilty Sea and A Desperate Place for Dying. The novels revolve around a lead character Garrison Gage whom many people refer to him as an iconoclast, a curmudgeon, and a loner but that is when they are charitable. Unfortunately, after his wife’s brutal murder, he is forced to retreat thousands of miles to the coastal town of Barnacle Bluffs Oregon.

The Gray and Guilty Sea: In this first novel of Garrison Gage series, we meet Garrison Gage a lone and a curmudgeon. He could be an ill tempered man, but it is unclear how old he is. He lives in Barnacle Bluffs Oregon, and for the last half a decade, he worked as a private investigator in New York city when his wife was brutally murdered, and he has been severely injured, and now he has to use a cane to move around.

Moreover, most of the time when he is not blaming himself for his wife’s death he solves crossword puzzles and takes walks on the beach. When the story opens up, he is taking one of these walks when he comes across the body of a teenage girl.

The discovery of this young woman body starts blasting the cocoon that Garrison has built for himself. He becomes obsessed in wanting to find out the person who killed her. Along the way, this case becomes the instrument towards self-discovery for the former private investigator. He realizes that as hard as he wanted to remain a loner in the past few years, there were still people who cared about him. In fact, the truth is that he wants and needs this person in his life. He is not the only person whom life has offered tragedy, and difficulties, others too have experienced the same and recovery is not possible more so when you confine yourself in a cocoon.

Carter is a great author; he does it well, he knows how to develop character, how to write and how to simulate time and place without giving too many spoilers or relying too much on a single theme. This novel is carefully crafted, and the description of Oregon coasts a perfectly done.

A Desperate Place for Dying: It has been almost a year since Garrison Gage became a seldom guardian of the troubled teenage girl, but neither his acquired fatherhood skills nor the intervening months have changed his moods. His right knee somehow makes him worthless and also prefers drinking his bourbon alone. Even with a blonde bombshell in his life, he still cannot dare buy a cell phone or even any phone in that case. Somebody might give him a call.

His life on the Oregon Coast is somehow getting comfortable until a man who brutally killed his wife shows up in the local town.

A desperate plea from his first love, an old flame soon gets Garrison entangled in one high profile case involving a crazy cult that makes use of all possible tactics to silence its critics, a famous and outspoken lecturer on atheism and evolution, and a murder case that seemingly appears to be of personal nature. Before this mystery puzzle can be solved, Garrison’s beliefs and abilities will be subjected to the ultimate test. Moreover, the man who thinks that he does not need anyone might discover that he might lose almost everything.

When Does The Next Scott William Carter book come out?

Scott William Carter doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is A Cold and Shallow Shore and was released on January, 26th 2022. It is the newest book in the Garrison Gage Series.

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