Book List in Order: 9 titles


  • Ely's last, terse novel has Chalmers Plumb wanting to manufacture his father's canoe design until his father is murdered by barbed wire strung across a river. Chalmers then saves a Romanian sculptress from attempted suicide but the local preacher den...



  • An unprecedented series of hurricanes has swollen the Mississippi River to unheard-of levels and is threatening to put New Orleans and most of the low-lying areas of the South under water. Fifteen-year-old Stephen is spending the summer with his fath...



  • Pender Hartwell, an infantryman sickened by the war, deserts to the North Vietnamese. In Hanoi he is put in the hands of a literary-inclined intelligence officer, who teaches him to speak Vietnamese. Together they read the chief work of Vietnamese li...



  • Charlene is an underground dump fire. Louis Sabine is a dead Marine who played the sax. Together, can they help end the racial tension building in Pine, after the needless death of a young mother and her daughter, plus the murder of an aunt whose voo...



  • Fiction. Scott Ely's latest novel is the chronicle of two down-river journeys, disparate in time, but oddly merging in intensity, and finally, intent. When Robert Day discovers a French diary written by an ex-slave named Octavius-who fled to Haiti af...



  • Loners of one sort or another populate Ely's fiction, from a young man discharged from the marines and working as a solitary gamekeeper to a Vietnam veteran turned professor who exchanges favorable grades for sexual favors from his students. Whatever...



  • Loners of one sort or another populate Ely's fiction, from a young man discharged from the marines and working as a solitary gamekeeper to a Vietnam veteran turned professor who exchanges favorable grades for sexual favors from his students. Whatever...



  • As two soldiers, Jackson, a radioman, and light, a sniper, reach the limits of physical and psychological danger during the Vietnam War, they find that they can no longer distinguish hallucination from reality...



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    The grief, hostility, and competition felt by a father and son who have lost their farm, mother, and wife and who vie for the same woman is manifested only in their pit bull, trained to excel at fighting...