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Try Dying ~ [Hardcover]

By James Scott Bell (Author)
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Ty Buchanan is a rising star in his L.A. law firm, and looking forward to a bright future with his beautiful and sweet fiancee, Jacqueline. Then Ernesto Bonilla ends it all. A smalltime thug, Bonilla makes headlines when he murders his wife and commits suicide by jumping off an overpass, landing on Jacqueline's car and ending both of their lives. The newspapers and the police write it off as a freak accident. But a vagrant approaches Ty at Jacqueline's funeral claiming he witnessed someone else at the scene murder Jacqueline.

Now Ty is determined to find out the truth, no matter what it takes or how far he has to go. As he tracks down Jacqueline's killer, he'll find himself tangled up with a mysterious group called Triunfo which claims to rehabilitate former gang members--but are their intentions as honorable as they claim? Ty relentlessly navigates the underworld of L.A., and soon finds himself the target of a killer.

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Studio: Center Street
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   1.09 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2007
ISBN  1599956845  
ISBN13  9781599956848  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James Scott Bell is the #1 bestselling author of Plot & Structure, and award-winning thrillers like Final Witness, Romeo's Rules, Don't Leave Me, Blind Justice, and many more. Jim attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He graduated with honors from the University of Southern California law school, and has written over 300 articles and several books for the legal profession. He has taught novel writing at Pepperdine University and numerous conferences in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Jim served as fiction columnist for Writer's Digest magazine and has written five craft books for Writer's Digest Books: Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers, Conflict & Suspense and Just Write.For more visit his website:

James Scott Bell currently resides in the state of California.

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Contrived - poorly done  Oct 8, 2008
TRY DYING (Legal Mys-Ty Buchanan-CA-Cont) - Poor
Bell, James Scott
Center Street, 2007, US Hardcover - ISBN: 1599956845

First Sentence: 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 Forty-fifth Street home in South Los Angeles.

Attorney Ty Buchanan is preparing a case involving repressed memories and child abuse. While deposing a witness, Bonilla, after killing his wife, drives to a freeway overpass, shots himself and falls off an overpass onto Buchanan's fiancée Jennifer's car, killing her. At the funeral, Ty is told Jennifer was alive but murdered before the emergency vehicles reached her. Jennifer's death is declared accidental; Ty is going to find out for sure.

Chapter One is a great hook and made me want to read the read the rest of the story. Unfortunately, Chapter One was, for me, the best thing about the book. It went downhill fast.

Portents--hate them, always have, always will. If the story is good, I'll keep reading. I don't need to be teased into it.

The plot is very contrived. No one will talk on the phone. It's always the "meet me at...." which leads to...the protagonist--TSTL (too stupid to live). Time after time, he puts himself into situations where he keeps getting beat up. The chapters are very short and choppy. The dialogue is very weak. The author tries to be either too clever or to "real" and neither succeeds. The women are all beautiful, including the basketball-playing nun named Sister Mary Veritas.

There is a good twist at the end but the reading was so painful, I almost didn't get there. I already have the next book in the series. This, and it, will be donated to my local library.
My favorite Bell novel  Oct 6, 2008
I have read and enjoyed a number of James Scott Bell books, but this is my favorite so far. I loved the "film noir" feel of the book, and the Hollywood setting came alive to me, making feel as if I were right there with the protagonist. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Tense Thriller  Aug 17, 2008
When I was a teen-ager, I thought I would never be like my parents, who just didn't keep up with some of the changes in the world. I was pretty cool, and thought I would always understand the culture of the day.

This book proved I was wrong.

"Try Dying" is a suspenseful story about a lawyer (one of the good ones) who loses his fiance' in a tragic accident . . . but was it the accident that really killed her? Getting to the bottom of that question in LA/Hollywood puts Ty Buchanan's life and career into jeopardy to say the least.

I've read some of this author's books before, including "Deadlock" and several from the "Trials of Kit Shannon" series. As I read, I kept asking myself, "Is this the same James Scott Bell?" I did a little research to make sure and yes, it is the same guy!

Bell has developed his writing into edge-of-your-seat suspense that is gritty, fast-paced, and terrifying. Even when the main character did things that I disagreed with, I found myself wanting him to win. Ty is certainly flawed, but there's a basic thirst for justice and truth, and a "don't mess with me" attitude combined with deep affection with those he holds dear.

Although you can find this book at, it is not your typical Christian fiction. You won't find preaching about how to be saved or how to draw closer to God, but there are references to the "something more" that Ty's fiance' searched for and found. In this book, the author gives a glimpse into gang life that is truly ugly, but he's developed a story that will make you want more. (Speaking of which, I did note that this is advertised as #1 in the Ty Buchanan series.)

I only have a couple of issues with the book. Maybe it's because I'm a small-town girl, or maybe it's because I really have become one of those old fuddy-duddys, but there were places in the book I got a little lost because of the lingo. Also, (similar to the feelings I had when I read Bell's "No Legal Grounds") I wondered just why Ty chose to trust some of the people he trusted. It seems like an experienced lawyer should have known better. I got hung up on that thought a few times.

But I still found the book intriguing and well worth reading. On a 5-star scale, I'd give it 4 1/2.
Try Dying  May 9, 2008
As an avid reader of series books i.e. Alex Cross, Kinsey Milhone, Alex Delaware, etc., I throughly enjoyed James Scott Bell's book Try Dying with his new character, Ty Buchanan. As a Criminal Lawyer, Ty has gone through tough, dramatic, life changing situations in this first book, which leaves you wanting to see what happens next and how he handles what comes at him. Part of Ty's charm is his wit - a mix of humor and sarcasm - that keeps him relatable. I'm patiently waiting Mr. Bell!
Couldn't read it!  Mar 25, 2008
It took me nearly a week to get to page 78 - and I just gave up. The short choppy chapters should have made this book fast-paced - they didn't. I kept reading because the repressed memory part was interesting. Ultimately I was too bored to keep reading. Our hero, Ty was TSTL - too stupid to live. Duh, how many times did he get whacked on the head???? Just not good and hard to follow.

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