New York Times Review of The Adjustment by Scott Phillips

“Wayne Ogden is a prince of a fellow, as long as you judge this bad-boy protagonist of Scott Phillips’s caustic crime novel, THE ADJUSTMENT (Counterpoint, $25), according to his own perverse code of ethics. As a quartermaster for the United States Army stationed in Rome during World War II, Ogden had a rewarding career as a pimp and a trader on the black market. But life in postwar Wichita proves a letdown (even the funnies aren’t as “funny and mean as they used to be”), and Ogden feels his skills are wasted in his job, which involves enabling the owner of an aviation company to indulge his various degenerate and illegal hobbies. Going by his own rule book, Ogden is just “playing Good Samaritan” when he escorts pregnant girls to a “reliable angelmaker,” distributes drugs to needy addicts and takes lonely women to bed. And provided he doesn’t kill too many people or run out on his nice wife, who’s to say otherwise?” — Marilyn Stasio Link to review:...

The Adjustment by Scott Phillips featured on BookPeople’s “Top Crime Fiction of the Year”

Austin’s longstanding indie bookstore BookPeople just released their “Top Crime Fiction of the Year” list. Here’s what they have to say about The Adjustment by Scott Phillips: “A sometimes filthy and always funny look at the underbelly of the Midwest and The Greatest Generation. Phillips is an author that may go to Hell for our own personal entertainment.” Hard-boiled fiction fans, make sure this book is on your summer reading list! For the full article, visit:...

The August 2011 Indie Next List Preview

The Adjustment by Scott Philips was selected for The August 2011 Indie Next List Preview! The Adjustment, by Scott Phillips (Counterpoint, $25.00, 9781582437309) “Wayne Ogden has returned home from WWII, working as a caretaker and procurer for his debauched boss, while itching for the same action he had as a shady supply sergeant. It doesn’t take long before he gets involved in blackmail, pornography, and murder even as he receives a bunch of mysterious letters from someone aware of his criminal past. Playing fast and loose with the dark side of the ‘Greatest Generation,’ Scott Phillips once again creates a tight, funny noir that’s rich in character, and makes the profane sacred.” — Scott Montgomery, Book People, Austin, TX To get the whole list:...

The Adjustment by Scott Philips – a must-read for hard-boiled crime fiction fans

After his impressive first debut novel THE ICE HARVEST (which was adapted into the 2005 feature film directed by Harold Ramis, starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton), author Scott Philips is returning to true noir form with THE ADJUSTMENT. Taking place post World War II, the novel tells a short, dark, and completely unredemptive story set once again in Wichita and featuring Scott’s rogues’ gallery of crooks, hookers, and generally unpleasant folk. “Phillips’s gritty noir manages to hook the reader with one of the more repellant leads in recent memory, Wayne Ogden…a thoroughly bad egg [who] will appeal to hard-boiled fans who don’t need redeeming features to become engaged with a character.” — Publishers Weekly http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-58243-730-9 “Phillips’ hometown, again becomes a prime location for seedy noir. Crime fans, especially those who favor a vivid sense of place and time, will love it.” — Booklist To be published in Booklist’s July 2011 issue....