As for the sucking up part-I meant that in good fun
As did I.
Is there ONE Scotty Novel I should read that will give me insight into his character?
"Engines of Destiny" featured Scotty, TNG era. I have not read it, so I don't know whether to recommend it or not.
"Crossover" is okay. A good bit of it focuses on TNG-era Scotty.
As far as I know, the SCE
series has some tales that feature Scotty.