Scott Wolven lives in upstate New York. His work has been selected three years in a row for The Best American Mystery Stories (2002, 2003, and 2004).
"Wolven has turned raw, unreconciled life into startling, evocative, and very good short stories. He draws on a New England different from Updike's and even Dubus', but his fictive lives -- no less than theirs -- render the world newly, and full of important consequence."
-- Richard Ford
"Scott Wolven's stories are torn road maps leading into an adrenalin-fueled land of the lost. Ever since I first read 'The Copper Kings,' an early story, I've been addicted to his fierce insights and fascinated by the way a strange sweetness underpins the violent macho trappings of his beyond-the-law, hard-case men on the run."
-- Michele Slung, editor of Stranger and I Shudder at Your Touch
"Controlled Burn is good. Very good. Remarkable, actually. Tough, gritty, and honest--reminiscent of Hemingway with a little bit of John Steinbeck. Scott Wolven writes about an America that few of us have ever seen--and he writes about it from first-hand experience."
-- Nelson DeMille
"It has been at least a few years since a story collection gripped me from first to last. The drought has ended, and now I will read this book again. The wisdom, love, and depravity of convicts, boxers, cranksters, loggers, and drunks fill the stove of this fine book so that long after you finish the last story, Scott Wolven's savage and lovely characters and crystalline prose will burn through your heart."
-- Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead
"Scott Wolven's tales are tough, unsentimental, and completely earned. This is the most exciting, authentic collection of short stories I have read in years."
"Dazzling and disturbing...white-hot prose...extraordinary. A debut to treasure, a remarkably assured cycle of stories."