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General Information

Name:  Scott A Lerner  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1965 in Champaign, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

I was born and raised in Champaign, Illinois I attended the University of Illinois College of Law in Urbana-Champaign. I worked and resided in the City of Chicago. I was employed as a lawyer for the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office. From there I moved to Danville, Illinois and was employed at the Vermilion County Public Defender’s Office. I lived in the Village of Ogden for a period of time and then returned to Champaign, Illinois where I currently live and work. My novel ''Cocaine Zombies'' takes place in the State of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a degree in psychology in 1989. I graduated from the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign with a Juris Doctor degree in 1992. I am currently the owner of the Law Office of Scott Lerner where my primary focus is in the fields of Criminal and Family Law. In addition to my experience in private practice I have worked for the Cook County Public Guardian's Office and the Vermilion County Public Defender's Office.

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Titles At Your Library

Cocaine Zombies (A Samuel Roberts Thriller)
ISBN: 1603819037

Camel Press. 2012

Samuel Roberts, a small-town lawyer in Urbana, Illinois, is contacted by a prospective client accused of selling cocaine. Nothing Sam hasn’t handled before. Or is it? Thomas is accompanied by a mysterious and exotic beauty named Chloe. Who is she, why is she paying for Thomas’s defense, and why is the accused so antsy around her? Soon after Sam takes on the case he is plagued by terrible nightmares. Only, in these nightmares, when he dreams of death, people die. Realizing that he is out of his depth, Sam enlists the help of his friend, Bob Sizemore. Bob is oddly insightful about the supernatural and deeply suspicious of big business and the government. Sam and Bob soon discover that a major German pharmaceutical company has been using human guinea pigs to test a highly addictive and dangerous derivative of cocaine first developed in Nazi Germany. Combined with ancient herbs provided by a Voodoo priest, the substance has become increasingly addictive and dangerous. After Thomas’s head shows up in Sam’s refrigerator, suspicion naturally falls on him. Now he has no choice but to face the forces of evil head on. But how do a small-town lawyer and a computer geek defeat an enemy with the power to enslave mankind?

Ruler of Demons (Samuel Roberts Thriller)
ISBN: 1603819053

Camel Press. 2013

Only eleven shopping days till Christmas. And less than a week to save the world. Three nuns—in Chicago, Paris, and Jerusalem—have been killed in a religious ritual. The choice of victims and the macabre details of their deaths indicate that someone is following a recipe provided on an ancient text—a recipe to unleash the forces of hell on earth. The final sacrifice must occur on the Winter Solstice. Samuel Roberts, a small-town attorney in Urbana, Illinois, knows a bit about the supernatural, having triumphed at least once over the forces of evil. Thanks to a friend who is aware of Sam’s little known previous efforts on behalf of mankind, Sam is hired by a big Chicago law firm to take on a sensitive case. His mission? Nothing less than halting the impending apocalypse. Sam and his good buddy Bob travel first to Jerusalem then Paris in a desperate race to save mankind. Ruler of Demons is the sequel to Cocaine Zombies, which won a Bronze medal in the 2012 IPPY Awards.

3: The Fraternity of the Soul Eater (A Samuel Roberts Thriller)
ISBN: 160381289X

Camel Press. 2015

It’s been a while since Samuel Roberts was called upon to save mankind, and he’s getting restless. His girlfriend Susan thinks he’s a danger junkie, and he’s worried he has a hero complex. He’s back to his usual small-town lawyerly duties in Champaign-Urbana, handling divorces and helping people beat DUI raps. But then a young fraternity pledge calls. During an initiation ceremony he witnessed the live sacrifice of a young woman, but he had so much alcohol in his system that no one believes him. Except Sam. Lately Egyptian lore has been creeping into his life, his dreams, and his movie preferences, and he’s pretty sure he knows why. Evil is knocking on his door again. Is the call welcome? Why can’t Sam be satisfied with his comfortable legal practice and gorgeous redheaded girlfriend? Maybe it’s because he knows that, as inadequate as he may feel to the task, he and his friend Bob may be humanity’s only hope against ancient supernatural forces combined with modern genetic engineering. Come hell or high water. Or in this case, the underworld or subterranean pyramids. The Fraternity of the Soul Eater is the third book in the Samuel Roberts Thriller series, which began with Cocaine Zombies and continued with Ruler of Demons.


  • Independent Publisher Award (IPPY)

    2013 - Bronze Medal, ''Cocaine Zombies''

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