Try putting this book down once you’ve started it. I dare you. Really! Reading Bell’s Try Dying time warped me back 15 years to my first Grisham novel and that familiar “please-wipe-the-saliva-from-my-chin-cuz-I’m-too-gripped-to-swallow” feeling reintroduced itself. Bell is a master story teller and when I grow up I want to be just like him. (Okay, I don’t want to look like Jim, as shaving my face isn’t my thing, but as a writer I’d like to look a little like him.) Wow. I’m telling you, the character development is amazing and the urgency the main character, Ty Buchanan, experiences is highly contagious.

This is a blue ribbon novel! Shhh, don’t tell the author, but I might just be sticking a Grand Champion ribbon on it when no one’s looking. If you limit yourself to only buying 5 books a year ( I can’t imagine this myself) then Try Dying MUST make your gotta-have-it list in 2007!

About the Author~

James Scott Bell is a former trial lawyer who now writes full time. The national bestselling author of several novels of suspense, he grew up and still lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next Buchanan thriller. To learn more about Bell, you can visit his Web site at

About the Book~

Life is good for Ty Buchanan. He’s in his prime, on track to be a partner in a successful L.A. law frim, has a beautiful fiancee he loves, and good friends.

In a matter of seconds, he will lose them all.

A freak occurrence on an L.A. freeway kills Buchanan’s fiancee, Jacqueline. The cops write it off as an accident. But when a mysterious stranger convinces Buchanan it was murder, his world goes spinning out of control.

Meanwhile, a lawsuit he’s trying is heating up-a case of repressed memory and claims of sexual abuse and people with power who don’t want Buchanan to go any further.

As Buchanan gets closer to the dark secret surrounding Jacqueline’s death, there’s nothing but trouble waiting. Those who know the truth want to stop him at all costs.

Now the lawyer must learn to survive on the streets. And the only help hehas comes from a basketball-playing nun and a fallen priest who give him shelter in the hills above Los Angeles.

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.