Item description for Sins Of The Fathers by James Scott Bell...
Overview Public defender Lindy Field puts her faith to the test and risks her reputation--and her life--when she defends a young man accused of a series of grisly murders. After all--he may just be innocent.
Publishers Description A parent's worst nightmare.A lawyer's biggest challenge.A young boy's life on the line.The unimaginable has happened. A thirteen-year-old boy has fired a rifle into a baseball game, killing several of the kids on the field. Parents are devastated. The townspeople are horrified. When public opinion swells to an enraged cry for justice, an ambitious deputy district attorney sees his opportunity---a sensational trial that will catapult him into the D.A.'s office in the upcoming election. There's just one obstacle: the boy's defense attorney, Lindy Field. To all appearances, the case is a slam-dunk. Convict the killer, make him pay. But it's not that simple. Lindy's young client is unwilling---or unable---to help Lindy defend him. And as the case progresses, it becomes clear that someone doesn't want the truth revealed. As Lindy delves into the haunted world of her client's torment, she finds a spiritual darkness that dredges up her own troubled past. And when dangerous forces close in around her, Lindy must fight for answers not only in the justice system, but in the very depths of her soul.
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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 www.jamesscottbell.com.
James Scott Bell currently resides in the state of California.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Sins Of The Fathers?
Not enjoyable in the least Jan 23, 2007
Bell is definitely a lawyer...not a novelist. His characters are stereotypical in every essence and not very well developed. I found myself disliking each of the characters more and more as they stumbled through their own journeys of typical and unimaginative self-discovery. The twist at the end of the book was not very believable nor was the storyline well developed. Overall, I would not recommend.
A Real Suspense Jan 12, 2007
A very suspenseful novel with many twist and turns! The story will keep you guessing. I look forward to reading more of his writings!
Fabulous characterization Feb 4, 2006
After reading John Grisham's first eight novels (and loving them) I discovered James Scott Bell. Now I'll only read Grisham if I have time after I've finished Bell's latest book. What does he have over Grisham. In a word--characters! Bell brings his people to life in a way few authors are able to achieve. He somehow manages to give a character's entire compelling backstory in one succinct line. Sins of the Fathers is his best yet, though Breach of Promise will always be up there near the top of my list.
A good book on a controversial topic Jan 11, 2006
James Scott Bell's Sins of the Father deals with the subject of random acts of violence committed by children. In this novel, Darin DaCinni opens fire at a little league baseball game and kills several children and one adult. Lindy Fields, a stressed out public defender, takes Darin's case and is suddenly in for the fight of her life.
Lindy must prove that Darin was legally insane at the time of the shooting to get him the treatment he thinks he needs. Meanwhile, the DA Leon Colby has political aspirations and wants to try the kid as an adult and possibly go for the death penalty. The parents of the dead children are also part of the picture, as Mona (can't recall last name) joins a victims rights group, files for divorce from her husband, and questions God.
This is a good book but not as solid as it could have been. School shootings by kids are one of the most tragic events society can face yet I don't think Bell dealt with the effects of it adequately. A lot of the mystery in the novel revolves around DiCinni's past. In real life, anytime a young teenager commits this kind of act, the police and media will be all over the story trying to figure out what kind of kid this is and what would make him do it.
Instead, its up to Lindy Field and her recently turned to God investigator Roxy to find out why Darin did what he did. And the DA Coldy is only interested in a conviction, not in motive.
In a way, Bell doesn't tackle some of the more tragic elements of the shooting, the 6 little leaguers being killed. As a parent, this is THE story of an event like this.
Overall, I have no complaints about the novel. It is a good book and a good companion read with Breach of Promise. Bell is great at writing characters and writing a story about an issue and not making it seemed forced.
Page Turner Jun 10, 2005
Once again, James Scott Bell has created a twisting, turning, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat plot, combined with memorable characters and thought provoking circumstances. This book is a must read for everyone who loves suspense.