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This Side of Night Paperback – 5 May 2020

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"Mr. Scott, as it happens, has been a federal agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration for more than 20 years, which surely contributes to the authenticity of this convincing saga... In This Side of Night, [Scott] demonstrates the Texas-size writing talents to which his protagonist aspires."--The Wall Street Journal

Scott's 20-year career as a DEA agent infuses his work with realism, and his writing chops will make readers wonder why he waited so long to launch his literary career....Better yet, his descriptions of dry, stark Big Bend country are so vivid and poetic they approach the beauty of James Lee Burke's passages about Louisiana bayou country. The result is a fine novel that is suspenseful, action-packed, literary, and thought-provoking.--Associated Press

"The author exploits his decades of experience as a federal agent to create a powerful, realistic picture of crime along the southern border. Thriller fans will enjoy this absorbing and disturbing book."--Kirkus Reviews

"The stellar third volume in Scott's epic Texas border series (after 2018's High White Sun) draws its inspiration from a real-life tragedy...Scott, a veteran federal agent, writes with authority and gravitas about complex border issues. Fans of Don Winslow and Cormac McCarthy won't want to miss this one."--Publishers Weekly

"Scott writes beautifully, dreaming up intriguing action scenes, which those who are focused only on thrills will wish kept going and going. But patient readers will recognize and appreciate Scott's end game: showing us a world where thieves, murderers, and sadists are everyday folk."--Booklist

"J. Todd Scott's series reads like equal parts Don Winslow and Ace Atkins. Having spent twenty years working with the DEA, Scott knows his stuff, adding instant credibility to his stories, which are well-written and hopelessly addictive."--New York Journal of Books

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J. Todd Scott has been a federal agent with the DEA for more than twenty years, working cases investigating international maritime smuggling and domestic meth labs, and led a multiagency strike force dedicated to attacking Mexican cartel smuggling routes. He has a law degree from George Mason University and is a father of three. A Kentucky native, he now resides in the southwest, which provided the backdrop for his novels of the Big Bend.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Putnam; 1st edition (5 May 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 576 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0735212937
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0735212930
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.92 x 3.05 x 19.05 cm
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J. Todd Scott was born in rural Kentucky and attended college and law school in Virginia, where he set aside an early ambition to write to pursue a career as a federal agent. His assignments have taken him all over the U.S and the world, but a badge and gun never replaced his passion for books and writing.

When he’s not hunting down very bad men, he’s hard at work on his next book.

He is represented by CK Webber of Fuse Literary Agency. Follow him at JTODDSCOTT.COM.

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