Wednesday, November 14, 2007

This Week From CFBA

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
(Center Street October 24, 2007)
James Scott Bell

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: James Scott Bell is a former trial lawyer who now writes full time. He is also the fiction columnist for Writers Digest magazine and adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University. His book on writing, Plot and Structure is one of the most popular writing books available today. 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.

ABOUT THE BOOK: On a wet Tuesday morning in December, Ernesto Bonilla, twenty-eight, shot his twenty-three-year-old wife, Alejandra, in the backyard of their West 45th Street home in South Los Angeles. As Alejandra lay bleeding to death, Ernesto drove their Ford Explorer to the westbound Century Freeway connector where it crossed over the Harbor Freeway and pulled to a stop on the shoulder. Bonilla stepped around the back of the SUV, ignoring the rain and the afternoon drivers on their way to LAX and the west side, placed the barrel of his .38 caliber pistol into his mouth, and fired. His body fell over the shoulder and plunged one hundred feet, hitting the roof of a Toyota Camry heading northbound on the harbor Freeway. The impact crushed the roof of the Camry. The driver, Jacqueline Dwyer, twenty-seven, an elementary schoolteacher from Reseda, died at the scene. This would have been simply another dark and strange coincidence, the sort of thing that shows up for a two-minute report on the local news--with live remote from the scene--and maybe gets a follow-up the next day. Eventually the story would go away, fading from the city's collective memory. But this story did not go away. Not for me. Because Jacqueline Dwyer was the woman I was going to marry.
In Try Dying, this fast-paced thriller, lawyer Ty Buchanan must enter a world of evil to uncover the cause of his fiancee's death--even if hie has to kill for the truth.

"Bell is one of the best writers out there...he creates characters readers care about...a story worth telling."~Library Review~
MY REVIEW: The book was riveting from first to last. It had the pace and action of a John Grisham novel, but crafted so cleanly, so brilliantly, the story never bogged down or rambled. The characterizations were so strong, I was drawn in before I realized it.
One fun little sidebar: The book is loaded with movie references. I loved making the connections between the story and the movies.
Try Dying is an exciting, thrill-ride you won't want to put down. I can't wait to read the sequel.
Bravo, Mr. Bell.


  1. I can't believe I didn't get this one. I'm kicking myself! Not sure how I missed it.

  2. I just read No Legal Grounds, Jim Bell's last release. I seem to stay about six months behind everyone else. This sounds like sucn a good book. Good review.

  3. I'm adding this one to my TBR list. Now to decide whether I want to read it before or after the sequel to the James Patterson I just finished . . .