Buying Time

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" . . . a deftly-plotted thriller that combines the best of Lisa Scottoline and Robert Crais. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late. Highly recommended."

-Sheldon Siegel, N.Y. Times Bestselling Author

Waverly Sloan is a down-on-his-luck lawyer. But just when he's about to hit rock bottom, he stumbles upon a business with the potential to solve all of his problems.

In Waverly's new line of work, he comes to the aid of people in desperate need of cash. But there's a ...

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Overview

" . . . a deftly-plotted thriller that combines the best of Lisa Scottoline and Robert Crais. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late. Highly recommended."

-Sheldon Siegel, N.Y. Times Bestselling Author

Waverly Sloan is a down-on-his-luck lawyer. But just when he's about to hit rock bottom, he stumbles upon a business with the potential to solve all of his problems.

In Waverly's new line of work, he comes to the aid of people in desperate need of cash. But there's a catch. His clients must be terminally ill and willing to sign over rights to their life insurance policies before they can collect a dime. Waverly then finds investors eager to advance them thousands of dollars-including a hefty broker's fee for himself-in exchange for a significant return on their investment once the clients take their last breath.
The stakes get higher when Waverly brokers the policy of the cancer-stricken wife of Lawrence Erickson, a high-powered lawyer who's bucking to become the next U.S. Attorney General. When Waverly's clients start dying sooner than they should, both Waverly and Erickson-who has some skeletons of his own to hide-are unwittingly drawn into a perilous web of greed, blackmail and murder.

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Editorial Reviews

Sheldon Siegel
Pamela Samuels Young takes her place among the top tier of legal thriller writers with her latest, Buying Time . . . [A] roller coaster ride that involves murder, insurance fraud and drug dealing. From the towers of downtown L.A. to the corridors of power in Washington, Samuels Young writes a deftly-plotted, immensely readable thriller that combines the best of Lisa Scottoline and Robert Crais. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late. Highly recommended.
Sheldon Siegel
Pamela Samuels Young takes her place among the top tier of legal thriller writers with her latest, Buying Time . . . [A] roller coaster ride that involves murder, insurance fraud and drug dealing. From the towers of downtown L.A. to the corridors of power in Washington, Samuels Young writes a deftly-plotted, immensely readable thriller that combines the best of Lisa Scottoline and Robert Crais. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981562711
  • Publisher: Goldman House Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 414
  • Sales rank: 634,662
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney and the author of Every Reasonable Doubt, In Firm Pursuit, and Murder on the Down Low. She is a member of the board of directors of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2010

    Another great book by Pamela Samuels Young.

    I'd never heard of the story topic before, but took a chance on this book since her other four books were page turners. I can't wait for her next book to come out. I am a huge fan of this author now!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    This Novel Kept Me Reading All Night

    The first paragraph draws you into the story and you can't stop reading until you know how it will end. I read it in one sitting. Best of all, it's about an area of the insurance industry that's unfamiliar to most of us. It's fascinating.
    I've read all of the books written by this author and continue to marvel at how well she's able to weave a unique story with each novel. She develops unforgettable characters and you feel their every emotion as you're reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    Everyone has an angle.

    This is an exciting read, enough action to keep you turning the pages. The charaters were well developed and true-to-life. Viaticals was a new term for me - so I learned something.
    looking forward to her next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2009

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    This is a great read! Very suspenseful.

    I really enjoyed reading this novel. It was face-paced, and I quickly became invested in the plot. If you are looking to escape for a few hours, this is a great way to do it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Awesome book, a real page turner that I finished in one day.  Th

    Awesome book, a real page turner that I finished in one day.  This is the first book that I've read by Mrs. Young but, it definitely won't be the last.  I am now getting ready to read Anybody's Daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    I would highly recommend this book.

    I love this book. I had read this author before, but totally forgot about her. The book's plot was well developed, the characters followed well and the intrigue was believable. I understood how a man can do stupid and unethical things simply to make his wife happy, but this guy was also very naive. I do not understand how he became a lawyer. No wonder things turned out the way they did.

    The book did not end the way I thought it would, but it gave a glimpse of something developing between two of the characters which may lead to something for another book.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    A new twist on "Who Dun It?"

    I so enjoyed this book because of the intriguing storyline. I love a good thriller/suspense story and this one definitely takes you on an interesting ride getting to "Who Dun it." Unethical, betrayal, mistrust, disloyalty, and dishonestly, can we say "character flaws" because there are plenty of them in this book. Kudos to Pamela!

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  • Posted March 1, 2010

    For The Love of Money

    Young's latest release; Buying Time lived up to her stellar reputation. I literally could not put this book down. The characters were varied. Waverly Sloan is a recently disbarred lawyer whose high-maintenance, spoiled wife Deidra spends his money faster than he can earn it. A nice guy whose average looks normally puts a woman like Deidra out of his league is so happy to have her that he has always allowed her mega spending. Deidra, on the other hand feels entitled. She married him expecting the good life.

    Waverly is desperate with a capital "D" to find a way to keep his lovely wife living the life she expects of him. Right before his disbarment; he meets a guy at a legal conference who leads him to believe he can make a killing in the viatical business. Waverly is eager to sign on even though he has no idea what a viatical settlement is. After all, he's a desperate man with disbarment staring him down. He figures he has nothing more to lose. He never imagined how wrong he could be.

    The viactical industry is a relatively new form of insurance investing. In his new career, Waverly is a broker who "helps" terminally ill clients in need of immediate cash. These poor souls sign over rights to their life insurance policies for a percentage of the face value. "Investors" then advance them the cash in exchange for being made the sole beneficiary of their life insurance policies upon their death. Waverly gets a large broker's fee for brokering the deals and soon is making more money than he ever made as an attorney. He's on easy street! He tells himself that he is giving hope to the terminally ill to appease his conscience. After all, Waverly is a nice guy who only wants to hold on to his beautiful wife.

    When Waverly's clients begin to die much sooner than expected, the company he works for garners the attention of the U.S Attorney's Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney, Angela Evans is assigned to head up a special task force to investigate the company, Live Now,Inc. They plan to stage a sting operation to catch these ruthless businessmen, aptly named Operation Buying Time. The plan is to have one of them go undercover as a terminally ill patient in need of immediate cash.

    The novel has very well constructed characterization. Angela Evans is more than interesting as a competent attorney with a reputation for being tough but fair and serious about sending criminals to jail. Engaged to marry a Superior Court Judge, ten years her senior, this thirty-something career woman is looking forward to settling down in suburbia to experience the joys of motherhood before it's too late. Her biological clock is ticking very loudly. Yet; she finds herself second-guessing her upcoming wedding.

    The author, an attorney by day uses her knowledge of the legal profession to her advantage in writing her legal thrillers. Young crossed every "T" and dotted every "I" in developing this story line. The story had layers to the plot that kept me guessing from page one. This "who-dun-nit" keeps the reader engrossed from one chapter to the next.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

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    Get Rich Quick,

    Waverly Sloan is a down-on-his-luck attorney. Disbarred, his life is spiraling out of control. He has a high maintenance wife that he really can't afford to support, a brother addicted to drugs always looking for a handout, and a wealthy father-in-law constantly breathing down his neck. Waverly needs an income and quick. Luckily, Vincent, a guy he met at a legal conference, told him about a way to make money brokering deals, to which he'll receive a hefty broker's fee. Rather morbid, Waverly has second doubts because all his patients must be terminally ill. This is very different from what Waverly is accustomed to, but seeing that it makes the clients comfortable and helps them to enjoy their lives a little longer without financial worries, it's a win-win situation. Or is it?

    I really, really enjoyed "Buying Time" by Pamela Samuels Young. It was a page turner with colorful characters that I just couldn't get enough of. I would love to see another book with Waverly Sloan. I recommend "Buying Time" to everyone.



    Reviewed by: Carmen

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

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    Buying Time

    I found "Buying Time" by Pamela Samuels Young to be quite an engaging thriller. She has taken her legal expertise and created a story that is not only believable, but "edge of my seat" entertaining. I had never heard of viatical investments, but can easily see how the corrupt can manipulate the outcome.

    Waverly Sloan's patients are dying soon after he finds investors for their life insurance policies. The next possible US Attorney General Lawrence Erickson wife's dies after her policy is sold. Was it Waverly, Lawrence or someone else who may have killed her? Or was it the cancer? Young keeps you guessing as the story twists and turns to a worthwhile conclusion.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

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    A True Breakout Novel

    Buying Time was suspenseful, thrilling and downright humorous at times. Pamela Samuels Young had me on the edge of my seat. I'm talking "are they going to get out alive"; "how will the car chase end".edge of the seat drama. I haven't read a book that made me feel like I was watching a movie in a long time. That's how intense this novel was. This author's work is ready for the big screen.

    Here's my breakdown:
    1. Young's talent for clarity is impressive. Fine detail throughout, as well as believable dialogue, that kept the story moving. She did a great job combining human interest with mystery.

    2. This topic was fascinating. Viatical broker: buying up the insurance policies of the terminally ill. Brilliant.

    3. The characters were unique, each one mysterious enough to get the reader thinking and speculating. I had no idea what these people were going to do. Not one predictable one in the bunch. And I loved the men. Young managed to climb into the male point of view like a mind-reading, soul-searching medium. Great work.

    4. Finally, I loved the ending. No spoiler here so I won't give it away, but I closed it and thought, I hope I see these people again.

    Page turner is overused in reviews, but I can't describe Buying Time any other way. This novel was brilliantly and meticulously plotted.

    It gets a "10" on a scale of 5.

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