About the Author
Tommy Cofield is a poet, short-story writer, and novelist. He grew up in the upstate of South Carolina, and he learned to drive a stick shift on Scuffletown Road. He is a practicing attorney in Lexington, South Carolina. He attended the University of South Carolina, where he studied creative writing under James Dickey and William Price Fox. He and his wife, Janet, live in Lexington, South Carolina, and they have two adult children, T.J. Cofield and Caitlin Carolina Cofield. Scuffletown is his first novel.
In The Press
"Only in a small southern town, in the era of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Pontiac GTOs, will you find the characters and events Tommy Cofield creates so lovingly in his debut novel. Horse traders, teenage pranksters, a preacher-hypnotist, a spirits-selling soothsayer, even a two-headed dog romp through Scuffletown, where you can be haunted by a Little League mishap as much as the local Civil War-era ghost. If you grew up in such a place at such a time, you will be right at home. Get a six-pack of PBR and prepare to laugh – this is the funniest book I’ve ever read."
Editor of State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love
About the Book
In August of 1975, two talented and popular teenagers, Myron Parsons and Lori Leigh Cole, decide one night to go parking. They find a secluded spot just off of Scuffletown Road, an old wagon trail route steeped in mystery and decades of calamity. e next morning, Bud Culdock, who carries the baggage of a checkered, violent past, discovers their lifeless bodies in Myron’s ’65 GTO with the engine running hot and smoking. Ten years later, Mitch Beam is failing in his job as a case-troller for the Judge Smack Jack TV Show. In the midst of that struggle, he returns, persona non grata, to his hometown of Fountainville, South Carolina and finds that the town is still reeling and grappling over the shocking deaths of the two teenagers. Mitch works things out for an extended stay, and as he begins to troll cases filed in the local small claims court, he becomes intrigued again by the unsettled riddles and rumors surrounding the tragedy of Myron and Lori Leigh. Mitch stirs up unexpected reactions from the colorful and complex characters of Fountainville and triggers extraordinary encounters with grace, judgment, revenge and redemption.