Daily Review: Try Dying by James Scott Bell
January 2, 2019
Try Dying is a blistering thrill ride in the finest tradition of modern noir.
She was the woman he was going to marry…
A man shoots his young wife to death. He drives to a freeway overpass, gets out, shoots himself, and drops 100 feet to the freeway below, crushing a Toyota Camry. Inside is an elementary school teacher named Jacqueline Dwyer, who dies at the scene.
Ty Buchanan is a hotshot lawyer. Jacqueline Dwyer was the woman he was going to marry.
Ty goes into a tailspin. And it gets worse when a mysterious man finds him at the funeral and says Jacqueline’s death may not have been an accident after all.
In fact, she may have been murdered.
Now Ty Buchanan will risk everything, including his skyrocketing career, to find out what really happened to the only woman he ever truly loved.
That is if he can stay alive. Because someone out there does not want him to know the truth.
From the high-rises of the city’s most powerful law firms to the mean streets of gangland L.A., Try Dying is a blistering thrill ride in the finest tradition of modern noir.
“Bell, an attorney turned prolific novelist, has created in Buchanan an appealing and series-worthy protagonist, and the tale equally balances action and drama, motion and emotion. Readers who pride themselves on figuring out the answers before an author reveals them are in for a surprise, too: Bell is very good at keeping secrets. Fans of thrillers with lawyers as their central characters—John Lescroart and Phillip Margolin, especially—will welcome this new addition to their must-read lists.” – Booklist
By Vaughan Hopkins
A different kind of “courtroom drama”, one that doesn’t take place in court. I found this to be such a compelling story I read most of it in one sitting.
It is a lawyer story, but a unique one, involving a lawyer who finds himself the defendant, and has to find out who really dunnit to save himself, as well as let him finally move on from the tragic death of his fiancee in a really weird 3-way suicide, murder an automobile accident.
I’m sure I will be reading other books by Mr. Bell.
In a finely crafted suspense novel or legal thriller, surely you know, “Nothing is ever as it appears”. The plot explodes on page one. Action, intrigue, complexity in layers, danger… (and humor!?! well-used.) You don’t have to design ovens to know a hot one when you touch it.
I am not a professional writer (so don’t evaluate the eloquence of my review as if I were trying to prove otherwise), but I know a good writer when I read his work.
This man is creative – marvelously gifted. Consequently, I am prepared to settle in for months and months of great reading. Keep ’em coming, Mr. Bell.
By Vincent Sachar
I have thoroughly enjoyed and trusted James Scott Bell’s book on creative writing and novel creation skills. The man is a masterful teacher and well worth the investment in his “teaching” books. But if you would like to read a genuinely exciting and entertaining thriller novel, Try Dying is for you.
This legal thriller is a great read that had me glued to its pages from the start. Bell’s protagonist Ty Buchanan, a quick-witted trial attorney, is a uniquely crafted character. The man seemingly has an endless number of witty responses and retorts no matter what situation he is placed in.
Yet, at the same time, his relentless pursuit of the truth and refusal to ever back down pushes him onward when so many others would have quit long ago.
Try Try Dying. You will be glad that you did. Heck, I am now already into the next read, Try Darkness.
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