Morgan Scott Paradise

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Fiction. "Greg, how do you get yourself in so much trouble?" his mother always asked him. And he's done it in spades this time, crossing the country on a Greyhound with a stripper named Cindy who's parents have died. Not one day later, she dies of an overdose. "Relax," everyone but the town's sheriff tells him. So he raids the dead dad's refrigerator to find two cases of beer and enough drugs to buy a Mercedes. "Relax," he tells himself. Then someone tries to kill him. And then that someone is dead. "Relax," Cindy's old boyfriend tells him as they dump car and body into a bottomless quarry. One day later, Greg awakes in the play western town of Paradise. And just guess what everyone tells him to do.

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Scott Morgan was born and raised in North Carolina, in the small town of West End. He spent a few years in the army national guard as a combat medic and now lives outside Chapel Hill with his wife, Shannon. Scott plays bass guitar and sings in a band called Memphis, which plays many of his original songs. This is Scott's first novel, though he has written several more.

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Greg Carter, the rootin', tootin'cowboy at the center of this psychedelic western, has a soft spot for strippers, has never encountered a drug he wouldn't take, and is haunted by his mother's words: "Greg, how do you always get yourself into so much trouble?" His latest trouble starts with a heroin-addicted exotic dancer named Cindy whose parents have perished in a mysterious car accident. After taking Greg to her hometown, Paradise, to help sort out her estate, she promptly overdoses. Soon Greg finds himself stranded in a replica of an Old West town that sponsors a weeklong event catering to role-playing gamblers, rustlers, and gunslingers, all dressed in western attire. Greg begins winning big at poker, sipping copious amounts of whiskey, and wearing a pair of Colt revolvers. Fisticuffs, gunfights, and even stranger goings-on ensue. First-novelist Morgan mostly uses his convoluted plot as a showcase for macho posturing and trippy dialogue, all of which is vastly entertaining. His bent, laconic cowboy, given to muttering darkly comic asides, may remind readers of the late, great Hunter Thompson. Joanne Wilkinson
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