About the Author...
Scott Hartshorn is an attorney by training, specializing in a criminal defense for the past thirty years. He holds degrees in history, political science, biology and the law. He recently returned to the academic world and obtained a Masters of Arts degree in Early European History, writing his thesis on the history of thief takers and their 18th century underworld boss Jonathan Wild. He has also published articles for Renaissance Magazine on medieval policing and punishment.
Scott and the love of his life, Anne, have lived in Oklahoma City since 1987. They have two adult children, Andrew and Emily, and two dogs. As "empty nesters" who will never retire, they enjoy spending free time vacationing around the world, fishing, and spending most weekends at their ranch in southwest Oklahoma.
About the Book...
The Lou Nayland Novels
To Live and Die in Deep Deuce (November 2020)
Oklahoma City, 1935. Lou Nayland is a former Minor League Baseball player who now earns a living as a private investigator who only works when his cash runs out. He prefers to spend his days at Holland Field watching the Indians play ball. When a woman brings Lou a case of blackmail and murder, Lou is forced from the ballpark into the explosive world of jazz in the Deep Deuce.
News and Reviews...
"Harken back to the steamy,seamy, sexy world of pulp fiction novels and film noir cinema. Set in the Deep Deuce neighborhood of Dust Bowl Oklahoma City, the novel weaves a scandalous tale of jazz, voyeurism, adultery, blackmail and murder. The author infuses his work with the simmering issues of class bias racial tension, and religious populism to create fun, easy read set against the all American baseball." - Prof. Michelle Brockmeir
"A fascinating blend of mystery, historical fiction, and family saga. Compelling characters intertwined in an intriguing story line bring 1930's Oklahoma City to life. You can almost hear the smooth jazz, see a city in between cowtown, oil boom, and modernity, and feel the heat of the warm days and hot nights.A story that will leave you wanting more." - Jeannie Pappas
"The author brings us back to the classical noir thriller replete with a large and varied cast of eccentrics and villains. Set in historical Oklahoma City, readers will find themselves transported to a city trying to grow beyond the cattle and cowboys it was known for." - Prof. Justin Olmstead
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