"The freshest detective novel I have read in quite a while. It's smart, sharp, and witty. Hardscape has an atmosphere to die for."
-NYT bestselling author David Morrell
"Hardscape has everything a first-class mystery needs: murder most foul, naturally, plus a tough, smart and compassionate detective with a shady past...and enough suspense to make the reader hyperventilate."
-NYT bestselling author Susan Isaacs
Ben Abbott returns to his hometown to save his family's recession-battered real estate business, never dreaming that things are about to heat up in picturesque Newbury, Connnecticut. Broke and looking for some excitement, Ben takes a job videotaping the adulterous goings-on in a bedroom in Jack and Rita Long's "castle." But he doesn't bargain on becoming embroiled in the murder of Rita Long's friend. A second murder closer to home propels Ben to embark on a new career as a neophyte detective and leads him to answers that will put him in mortal danger.
Born in Manhattan and raised on Long Island in a family of professional writers, Scott holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in American history. He has also written under several pen names, including Paul Garrison, J.S.Blazer, and Alexander Cole. These days they all live in Connecticut with his wife, filmmaker Amber Edwards.