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"Wit and gusto," says The New York Times

"The literary equivalent of three homers in a row," says The Chicago Sun-Times

"If you read this one, you'll remember it," says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Western-noir with a touch of the gothic," says the Rocky Mountain News

"The West of Cat Ballou, not John Wayne," says Harriet Klausner

"Formidable storytelling skills," says

Also see the Cottonwood page for excerpts from reviews not available online, and check back as more reviews come out.


"Wicked fun," Janet Maslin calls it in The New York Times

"Wry homage," says Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times' crime books column


"Phillips... has a bright future," writes Janet Maslin in The New York Times

"Bitterly funny," Marilyn Stasio calls it in The New York Times' crime books column

New York Times Notable Book of 2000

"Not for the squeamish," 4 star out of 5 review at Mystery Ink

"Little gem of a book," says CNN


Chicago Sun-Times—In this March 2004 piece, Scott talks about Cottonwood and the upcoming film of The Ice Harvest.

The Agony Column: Too Hot To Air!—In this February 2004 audio interview with Rick Kleffel for KUSP radio in Santa Cruz, CA, Scott reads a portion of Cottonwood, then has a conversation about sex and violence in the Old West that may be too honest (and funny) to air. Hear shocking audio in Real Audio here, MP3 here, and see a shocking picture of Scott here

Noir Originals—Advance information about Cottonwood, where the hair-on-fire scene from The Ice Harvest came from, and more in an April 2003 interview with mystery writer James Lincoln Warren

Dan Chaon—Scott interviews author Dan Chaon (Among the Missing) and clearly finds a kindred spirit with a similarly dark, funny take on the midwest

California Book Award Speech—Scott's speech to the Commonwealth Club, telling how The Ice Harvest came to be and why he isn't a screenwriter any more, accompanied by the wrong book cover


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