Aside from loving chocolate and coffee (not necessarily in that order) Scott McPherson has learned that he loves to write. He writes fiction and has published four novels prior to Ransomware and Murder (The Jack Sharp M.D. novels: Congo Mission; A Step Ahead of Death; and Witness in the Window; as well as his most recent one, Crisis On The Ice). Scott has varied interests, though he tries to focus on one at a time. He has worked for thirty-six years as a family physician. Now teaching in a Family Medicine Residency, he loves his job.
Scott writes from his life experiences and from travel. He served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and was member of the Nebraska Air National Guard for 16 years. His duty in the Guard led to missions in far-away places. He has spent time in Turkey, Iraq, Spain, Crete, and Guam in missions related to support for Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He has been to Iceland and Antarctica as well. Now retired from the military he has found that his experience in other countries and cultures lends realism to his novels.
When he isn’t writing or working, Scott McPherson is at home spending time with his wife and their dog, Finley. He loves to take long walks. It was during one of his walks that he was inspired to write his first novel. His five daughters live near and far and he dotes on his three grandchildren. He is an avid trombone player, still playing in church and in local symphonies.
Scott plans to keep writing as long as the ideas flow and readers show interest in his stories. He loves to interact with other writers and readers about what has become a new passion in his life.
Ransomware and Murder
Mystery / Detective
Jack’s Family Practice office is in trouble. Their finances just don’t make sense and as hard as Jack and his partners work, they can’t understand why they aren’t doing better. Just as they come up with some strategies for improvement, they’re hacked.
Detective Rebecca Sweate’s plate is filling up. While dealing with a murder investigation in St. Francis Hospital, St. Francis is hacked as are the city offices. Pulled different directions Detective Sweate has her hands tied when they lose computer access. She can’t decide if this murder is linked to the cyber-attack but she will pit her best officers and techs against the hacker. Then, as if she doesn’t have enough to deal with, the FBI comes in to take over.
Married only a few years, Jack is trying to adapt to raising a teenager. His adopted daughter is growing up fast and he realizes how little he knows about teens. The struggles in his office weigh on his mind and a dark cloud rising up from his past, draws him in. Before he even knows he’s at risk, Jack becomes a victim.
Mystery / Thriller
Congo Mission begins in Dr. Jack Sharp’s younger days as a missionary in Congo in the 1980’s. As a Christian missionary Jack has stepped out beyond his comfort zone into an unfamiliar world desiring to do what he believes God wants of him. He is challenged by daily activities as he tries to learn the local language and culture surrounding him. Facing challenges in every aspect of life, from daily meals to life saving surgery, Jack’s skills, knowledge and faith are tested as he learns what existence as a missionary has to offer.
Outside of his awareness, forces are gathering which will impact his life forever. His will and character get a work out as well when danger and intrigue engulf his new life. Nevertheless, his future is brightened by a beautiful young woman while the peaceful jungle erupts as the seeds of rebellion begin to grow.
The corrupt John Levy sets in motion a plan to enrich himself. As his own plan dissolves his life becomes intertwined with Jack Sharp, and they find themselves thrust against each other in a deadly competition.
A Step Ahead of Death
Mystery / Detective
Jack Sharp is just an ordinary family physician living in Nebraska. As a former missionary and military physician, his background is anything but ordinary. However, his uncomplicated life is thrown into chaos when he discovers the body of a murdered young woman dumped beside a bike path.
Jack finds himself juggling the drama of the murder investigation with the concerns of his patients.
Alicia Winters is running for her life and is doing her best to stay hidden. The compassion and generosity of an old farmer and his daughter initially arouse her suspicions. As her pursuers close in, she finds herself running out of options and must choose between saving her life and risking it for these people who have come to mean everything to her.
Detectives Sweate and Samuelson are piecing together the details of the murder, but what they’re discovering leads them to the last person anyone would suspect. When another girl goes missing, the detectives uncover startling facts from Jack’s past that link him not only to the murdered girl but to an international conspiracy.
Will Jack’s past return to haunt him? Can the detectives, Sweate and Samuelson, solve the case before the killer finds Alicia?
Witness in the Window
Mystery / Thriller
Jack is back! in Witness in the Window , when a Korean War vet sees an attack on one of Lincoln’s bike paths the police hope he can help them wrap up the mystery, but he hasn’t spoken in years. Jack Sharp, M.D. is finally getting back to a normal life with his wife and adopted family. Out of the blue a new threat from an old enemy raises its ugly head. Should Jack resist or run away? The police can’t really help to prevent this crime. They have their hands full with the bike path attacks. Detective Justin Samuelson takes the lead in this investigation, but is stymied by lack of evidence and cooperation.
Jack takes on the task of protecting his family with one eye over his own shoulder because Jacques Levant is out for revenge. He came away from their last meeting wounded and angry. His own greed had led to the death of the only love he had ever experienced in his life. Now it’s time for Jack and others to pay. Levant has intricate, deadly plans that only a man with his evil intent and resources could accomplish. He will have his vengeance.
Crisis On The Ice
Action / Adventure
Intrigue, suspense and a little romance on the frozen continent.
At last in Antarctica, Gabe Hunter and his team of research students go about their work to gather ice cores when, suddenly,they are confronted by the appearance of a massive ice crevasse. This is no ordinary crack in the ice, traveling miles to get around it they discover something so momentous they must get information back to their home base, at McMurdo Station.
Before they can accomplish their goal they ares wept up into an international conflict that could affect the stability of the whole world. With help hours away, Gabe doesn't know if he and his team will make it out of Antarctica alive.
Gabe and his beautiful student drawn together in this conflict,put their lives on the line to prevent a global disaster.