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Ty Buchanan is living on the peaceful grounds of St. Monica's, far away from the glamorous life he led as a rising trial lawyer for a big L.A. firm. Recovering from the death of his fiancée and a false accusation of murder, Buchanan has found his previous ambitions unrewarding. Now he prefers offering legal services to the poor and the under-represented, from his "office" at local coffee bar The Freudian Sip. A mysterious woman with a six year old daughter comes to him for help. She's being illegally evicted from a downtown transient hotel, an interest represented by his old law firm and former best friend, Al Bradshaw. Buchanan won't back down. He's going to fight for the woman's rights.
But then she ends up dead, and the case moves from the courtroom to the streets. Determined to find the killer and protect the little girl, who has no last name and no other family, Buchanan finds he must depend on skills he never needed in the employ of a civil law firm.

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Library Journal

In this follow-up to Try Dying, Ty Buchanan, recovering from the death of his fiancée and false murder accusations, is now offering free legal services to the poor in St. Monica when a mysterious woman and her six-year-old daughter seek his help in fighting an eviction from a transient hotel, which happens to be represented by his old law firm. When the woman is murdered, Buchanan must protect the child and find the killer.


—Tamara Butler
Romantic Times
In true Bell style, book two of this series begins with the hero in the middle of a unique situation. Hold on for another whodunit thrill ride with an honor-bound protagonist readers can't help but root for.
Booklist
Bell, an attorney turned prolific novelist, has created in Buchanan an appealing and series-worthy protagonist....Readers who pride themselves on figuring out the answers before an author reveals them are in for a surprise, too: Bell is very good at keeping secrets. Fans of thrillers with lawyers as their central characters-Lescroart and Margolin, especially-will welcome this new addition to their must-read lists.
on Try Dying
TitleTrakker.com
"[W]hen you pick up a Bell novel you can count on his trademark tag-line "The Suspense Never Rests" to be true....The scenes zoom. The plot zips. The dialogue zings....Just when we think we might have things figured out he throws in a spiral we never saw coming. Nary a wasted word and packed with action, Try Darkness is even better than Try Dying."
Booklist - on Try Dying
"Bell, an attorney turned prolific novelist, has created in Buchanan an appealing and series-worthy protagonist....Readers who pride themselves on figuring out the answers before an author reveals them are in for a surprise, too: Bell is very good at keeping secrets. Fans of thrillers with lawyers as their central characters-Lescroart and Margolin, especially-will welcome this new addition to their must-read lists."
Romantic Times (Starred Review)
"In true Bell style, book two of this series begins with the hero in the middle of a unique situation. Hold on for another whodunit thrill ride with an honor-bound protagonist readers can't help but root for."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599956855
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • Publication date: 7/30/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

A former trial lawyer associated with one of L.A.'s top law firms and later working out of an independent office, James Scott Bell has written over 300 articles on trial law, as well as six books for trial lawyers. Now a prolific fiction writer, he applies his in-depth knowledge of the justice system to his legal thrillers. His Web site is: www.jamesscottbell.com.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

    Try Darkness by James Scott Bell

    All said and done, this is the story of good and evil. It's the story of the rich and powerful against the poor and powerless. Ty Buchanan champions the poor like Robin Hood and locks horns with the rich in order to do that. Try Darkness is a fast paced suspense/mystery novel. James Scott Bell's writing style is witty and fun to read and keeps you engaged until the story ends.

    I really enjoyed that his character wasn't foul mouthed and that the book wasn't loaded with gratuitous violence. Sometimes authors think that in order to create a gritty character, the story has to be loaded with a lot of swearing and blood and guns. That isn't the case at all with James Scott Bell and I enjoyed the story all the much more for that fact.

    Ty is a lawer who used to work for a big, powerful law firm. He was accused of a crime he didn't commit and the firm kicked him out. After proving his innocence, the firm asked him to return but he chose instead to take on the cases of the poor and disadvantaged. He used to have a big fancy home but now he lives in a trailer on the outskirts of a monestary. The residents of the monestary figure into his story as well. Now he's finding himself up against the very people he used to work with and he's learning more about himself and his abilities than he ever knew before.

    This book is really hard to put down & I devoured it in a couple of hours. I'd never read a book by James Scott Bell but I can tell you that I'll be looking for more!

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

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    A Lawyer, a Priest and a Nun Walk into a bar

    I'm usually not really a fan of lawyer stories. This is mainly because the lawyers are usually portrayed as either smarmy characters who are extremely smug and only out for the money or they end up being the typical saves the day lawyer who is too good to be true. Ty Buchanan is none of these and is probably the most unique, laid back and eccentric guy to have anything to do with the law field. I felt like the story was very realistic. It wasn't written with false perceptions or trying to butter things up to make everyone happy. Bell tells Ty's story how it really is and shows all the darkness that's in the world. Also even though this is the second book in the series and the reader could benefit from reading the first book in the series, I feel that it could be read as a standalone. The mystery stands out and is quite powerful. I'm pretty much a sucker for little kids in stories that need help and I'm glad Ty was too.

    As in the first book, I felt the storyline to be gritty and written in a film noir-ish way. California, which is normally seen as glitzy and glamorous in other books, takes on a darker, more underground, less colorful atmosphere. What I like best about Ty is that he's quite cynical and a bit sarcastic. He's not the charming fellow women fall in love with yet he has a way with people that gets them to trust him. He's unconventional, witty and questions a lot of things which I really liked because he doesn't act like he knows everything.

    The only thing I'm not really a fan of with this series is the really short chapters. I mean they are extremely short, sometimes there will even be 3 chapters on just one page and there are 191 chapters! I just feel like it breaks up the story too much when every time there's a rhythm in the story going, there's a chapter break which disrupts the flow.
    Other than this I really enjoyed reading about Ty's adventures again. I love his chemistry with both Sister Mary and Father Bob who are two of the most unlikely accomplices a detective could have. They add both insight and humor to Ty's personality. I really enjoyed how this book is able to be gritty and edgy without resorting to using sex or rough language. This is by no means saying the book is clean and safe. It chooses to show the world as it really is and not through rose colored glasses but it does it by not being coarse or preachy at the same time. It's a balance that works really well and I think pays off. I've enjoyed all of James Scott Bell's books in the past and this is another one to add to the list. This is another book to give to male readers as it is the type of book that I believe a lot of guys would enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Outstanding Legal Thriller

    Bell delivers as promised in Try Darkness, his second Ty Buchanan novel. This sharp, crisply-written legal thriller is fastly-paced and cuttingly humorous. The protagonist¿s one-on-one battle with a nun on the basketball court and the heart-tugs of a child in distress are all weaved into this legal thriller, forcing readers to keep flipping pages. Set in Bell¿s world of Los Angeles, Buchanan must use his skills as an investigative lawyer to protect the rights and life of Kylie, a young girl suddenly left homeless and abandoned. And Buchanan¿s mouth is as deadly as the killers he tracks, whether he¿s facing a brass-knuckled enforcer or trying to emotionally shield himself from a Benedictine nun trying to help. Try Darkness compels you to travel with Buchanan through a labyrinth of leads until the moment of truth is revealed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    ¿You Will Love This!¿

    I loved Bell¿s Try Dying. This is even better! Between the drama and the brewing romance, there is excitement on every page. Buchanan is a lawyer who went from the life concerned about billable hours to the life concerned about advocacy. He lives with nuns and a priest who are equally lovable (except for one). Remember the Father Downing mysteries? If you liked those, you will love this series. Read Try Dying to understand why he lives with nuns and a priest. Buchanan is a smart-aleck. He has an intelligent banter with those around him. It drives everyone crazy except for Sister Mary. There is an underlying tangible sensuality between the two of them that is obviously taboo. However, you will find yourself wanting Sister Mary to take off her habit and run off into the sunset with the rogue Buchanan. Buchanan is searching for the killer of a little girl¿s mother. He thinks that the killing is related to greedy developers. Will he solve the case without getting himself and the girl killed? Will he and Sister Mary finally acknowledge their feelings? This is a book you have to read. Bell¿s talent for sarcasm and fast-moving drama makes him one of my favorite authors. Do not pass this one up! Better yet, read Try Dying and Try Darkness!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008

    Better and better

    James Scott Bell has a real winner with his new protagonist, attorney Ty Buchanan. This is the second in the series, and is even better than the first, Try Dying. From the first line--'The nun hit me in the mouth and said, 'Get out of my house.''--to the last page, this is a fast-paced, entertaining read. Buchanan is flawed but easy to root for. If you like action fiction with emotion, drama, and some laughs, pick up a copy of Try Darkness. And watch for the next novel in the Ty Buchanan series. I know that I will.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

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    Boring novel written in first person. I have a difficult time b

    Boring novel written in first person.

    I have a difficult time believing I'm the only dissenter for this novel by JS Bell. So, so disappointed after reading and liking so many other Bell novels. Yes, as others stated, he TRIED to be witty (my take on that), but it fell through for me. It was just not an engaging read as it droned on about insignificant thoughts the main character, Ty Buchanan, had, and so on. First person genre's just do not cut it for me. Man, I hate to dis a Bell-written book, but it just absolutely was boring and droned on. 

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