Official Website of Gregory Stout, Author


PI Writers Shamus Award Winner
Lost Little Girl
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A former teacher, author Greg Stout knows and values the world of young adults. In tight, clear-cut language (a great pleasure to read!), and with perception and respect, Stout creates a protagonist and a community faced with difficult tests. His characters, young and old, must often, like all of us, challenge ourselves to dig deep in order to find the way to integrity and fairness.
Connor’s War is a well-written, well-researched book. Buy it, give it to the young adults you know. They will learn about the Viet Nam era from their own age-group’s perspective and will learn and be heartened by the book’s characters.

Review by Libi Siporin
author of Bitter Maremma and My Secrets Cry Aloud, (forthcoming) both Leah Contarini Mysteries.

Daniel T. Sullivan


5.0 out of 5 stars A good story people can relate to

Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2022

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Connor's War is considered "young adult fiction," but it's a story people of any age can enjoy and relate to. As a grandfather, I enjoyed the story because it brought back memories of the trials and tribulations we all go through growing up. And, since one of the several very admirable characters in the book was a grandfather, I was able to relate to it from the elder end of the age group as well.
I recommend Connor's War. Stout is a fine writer: his characters were well developed, and the plot was engaging and well-conceived. I look forward to his next books.



5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Up in the Summer of '68 Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2022

Set in rural Kansas in 1968, "Connor's War" follows a 15-year-old boy as he confronts a series of serious challenges over the course of a summer in rural Kansas. The story telling always rings true. Extensive details about music, sports, food and teenage mores keep the reader engaged. Young readers will find a key period in history bought to life, while older readers may enjoy reviving old memories.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for teenage boys!

Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2022

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A great read for a teenage boy facing issues of separation, love, death, and adulthood!

What would you do if you knew you knew you were being shipped off to the most remote part of the Midwest and you might never again see the ones you love?


One moment, he is discussing sports with friends after a great JV game, next moment he is on his way to a remote part of the Midwest spending his summer with a grandfather he barely knows because of a tragedy.  His mom and dad are both career Navy, and both serving overseas, during the Vietnam War. Will he ever see them again? What will happen to him if they don't return?


Then, as Connor tries to adjust to a small town in the middle of the Midwest, Goldenrod, Kansas, his fears of being banished to the middle of nowhere leads him to believe his life is over for good!


In Goldenrod, Kansas, his new home, Connor knows the baseball fans came out to see who the new kid is that knocked out the team's best player. Can he win them over? Will he be here long enough to make lifelong friends, something he has been dreaming of for a very long time?


And to make everything worse, Connor finds himself in love with the girlfriend of the town's "best baseball player and town bully"! 


Connor is troubled by his frightening thoughts of losing his newfound love, his parents, and his grandfather, all in one summer. He becomes overwhelmed with questions of life's purpose. Will his conscience allow him to do whatever is needed to be the young man he wants to be, or will tragedy stop him in his tracks?


Follow Connor's journey from San Francisco, California to Goldenrod, Kansas and from his childhood to becoming a young man.

Daniel T. Sullivan


5.0 out of 5 stars A good story people can relate to

Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2022

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Connor's War is considered "young adult fiction," but it's a story people of any age can enjoy and relate to.




Greg’s background includes 27 years as an executive in the automotive industry and twelve years as a teacher of American history, language arts, reading, drama, film criticism and Latin in the public school system in suburban Chicago. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in education from Aurora University.


Greg has recently won the prestigious Private Eye Writers Shamus Award for the novel Lost Little Girl! Keeping company with Mickey Spillane!

Of greater relevance, he has written more than 22 books on the history of American railroads, a logical outcome of having grown up in a family of professional railroaders. His first title, Route of the Eagles, a history of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, was released in 1995 and his most recent effort will be in print in mid-2019.

Gideon’s Ghost, his first work of fiction, was drawn from actual experiences that took place during an extended visit with relatives in a small town in Missouri during the mid-1960s. It is a book written for young adult readers, which, not coincidentally, was the age group he taught during his “second career.” Of course, like any good ghost story, some of the plot elements are imagined and some really happened. It will be up to the reader to decide which are which.


Now retired from the day-to-day work force, he still writes for at least two hours every day (when not fishing, traveling, going to the movies or pursuing rail fan activities). His advice to aspiring writers is “…keep reading, keep writing, and if your dream is to one day see your name in print, never, ever give up. The more you write, the better you will get, and one day your dream will become a reality.”


Greg resides with his wife and two cats, Wallace and Gromit, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he is also a member of the Heartland Writers Guild.

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