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Deadlock [Paperback]

By James Scott Bell (Author)
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Nearly losing her life in a car accident, U.S. Supreme Court justice Millicent turns to her new pastor for guidance and experiences a profound religious conversion that causes her to rethink her voting choices and become subject to impeachment. Original.

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Deadlock is a novel about the impact of the Supreme Court today . . . and about imminent, real-life choices that will shape both its future and that of our nation.She is a Supreme Court Justice. She is an atheist. And she is about to encounter the God of the truth and justice she has sworn to uphold.For years, Millicent Hollander has been the consistent swing vote on abortion and other hot-button issues. Now she’s poised to make history as the first female Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. But something is about to happen that no one has counted on, least of all Hollander: a near-death experience that will thrust her on a journey toward God.Skeptically, fighting every inch of the way, Hollander finds herself dragged toward belief in something she has never believed in—while others in Washington are watching her every step. Too much is at stake to let a Christian occupy the country’s highest judicial office. Even as Hollander grapples with the interplay between faith and the demands of her position, and as she finds answers through her growing friendship with Pastor Jack Holden, a hidden web of lies, manipulation, and underworld connections is being woven around her. It could control her. It could destroy her reputation. Unless God intervenes, it could take her out of the picture permanently.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.55" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.84"
Weight:   0.71 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2002
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0310243882  
ISBN13  9780310243885  
UPC  025986243883  

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More About James Scott Bell

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James Scott Bell is the author of the Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, a top-selling WDB title, as well as the recently released Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing. He is also the author of more than fifteen novels and a Christy Award winner. His fiction has been reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, and the Library Review. His recent and forthcoming novels include Try Darkness (July 30, 2008, from Center Street), Deceived (Feb 2009), and Try Fear (July 2009). He currently teaches fiction writing courses at Pepperdine University and is a regular on the conference circuit, speaking at such conferences as the Mid-Atlantic Writers Conference, Glorieta Christian Writers Conference, and the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Conference. His Website is

James Scott Bell currently resides in the state of California.

James Scott Bell has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Elements of Fiction Writing
  2. Write Great Fiction Series

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A Great Story   Mar 28, 2007
Deadlock is a well crafted legal thriller that is hard to put down.

It centers around Supreme Court Justice Milly Hollander who has some major life happenings including a near death experience that makes her examine her relationship with God. That leads to a major transformation of her legal philosophy.

This happens about the same time that she is nominated to be the Chief Justice by a liberal president. Her new views cause major consternation for the president and members of Congress who share his philosophy. They make it their mission to destroy her.

Along the way, the author weaves in a subplot of a young woman who has a major legal battle with the abortion industry.

Overall, the story was excellent. It addresses issues of concern to all and will make the readers think. There are two things that I did not like. One is a plot twist that I would have liked to have seen done differently. Although the way it was written led to a major surprise, I think it took away from some excitement that could have occurred later on had it been done differently.

The other criticism was this: One of the characters, Jack Holden, had written a legal brief exploring the big questions of life, God, etc. during his own spiritual searching. Holden shares it with the Justice. Mr. Bell only provided enough of the brief to whet the reader's appetite. I would like to see him expand on that. He could actually write a complete future novel based around that.

In spite of that, this is a great book with superb character development. I highly recommend it.
Christian Legal Thriller-lite   Jul 5, 2006
Deadlock by James Scott Bell is the story of Millicent Hollander, a Supreme Court justice who is a known atheist and liberal vote on the court. When she finds her life suddenly taking a drastic turn, she finds herself forced to face her lack of faith and re-evaluate everything she believes in. This was the first book I've read by Bell, and to me it seems a little like Randy Singer-lite. There's less emphasis on the law and characterizations and more on plot. It's very well written, and I enjoyed how Bell used coincidences to bring not just Millie but others to faith. But Millie's change of heart seemed a little forced, especially her decision at the end of the book. It also felt a bit like this was a set up for the beginning of a series (maybe I'm wrong, but that's how it felt). Bell does a good job of talking about Jesus and the Bible without proselytizing. This was definitely an enjoyable read, and I look forward to reading more of Bell's work, however if his other books are too similar to this one, I can see it would become formulaic.
James Scott Bell's "Deadlock" challenges court's "legislative role"  Jun 21, 2006
James Scott Bell, is another fine craftsman of Christian-inspired legal and suspense novels (i.e., the "Terri Blackstock genre,"). His "Deadlock" is a direct and effective challenge to the nation's courts' continuing encroachment into the legislative branch of our government. Highly recommended!
--R.C. Howe
A solid legal drama  Mar 27, 2006
Deadlock is an exciting legal thriller by one of the best Christian authors today, James Scott Bell. In Deadlock, Bell tackles the hot button issue of abortion from the political and judicial point of view, pointing out just how divisive the issue is to our country.

Millie Hollander is a Supreme Court Justice on the verge of being the chief justice when she is hit by a car. This experience causes her to question her own beliefs in death, the afterlife and God.

Meanwhile, Senator Levering from Oklahoma (you know this is fiction because there is no way a hard drinking, womanizing, Ted Kennady-esque Senator would ever come from Oklahoma) is assuring the democratic president that Hollander would continue to keep the tenious liberal/moderate majority on the court.

Charlene Moore is taken on the national abortion lobby with a teenager as a client, alleging her client was warned of all the dangers of abortion before she had the procedure.

Senator Levering, his seedy operative, Anne Deveraux as well as Hollander are all great characters who at one time or another have to reconcile their actions with their belief in God.

This is a great legal novel with solid insights on how the Supreme Court operates. It also has strong relationships at its core, and that is what makes it a good novel. Bell doesn't solve the abortion crisis in this novel, but does make it apparent what he believes: God is the only way to really solve the problem.
James Scott Bell tackles a fascinating dilemma: What if a Supreme Court Justice becomes a Christian right before appointment as chief justice? The one who holds tie-breaking power has changed her worldview. Bell handles the social debate with excellence and entertaining form. I meant to do a quick read, but had to peruse every word. The woman who had a knack for "beating God back with a stick," must scramble to open herself up to faith and the perplexity of answering why she's become the bait in a vicious public battle. Great enlightenment for anyone who'd like to understand the people behind the politics.

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