Try Dying: A Novel

Try Dying: A Novel

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by James Scott Bell

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Ty Buchanan is a rising star in his L.A. law firm, until the suspicious death of his fiancee forces him into the underbelly of the city to discover the truth behind her death. He soon has more than his career on the line, as he finds himself tangled up with a mysterious group of former gang members, and becomes the target of a killer.


Ty Buchanan is a rising star in his L.A. law firm, until the suspicious death of his fiancee forces him into the underbelly of the city to discover the truth behind her death. He soon has more than his career on the line, as he finds himself tangled up with a mysterious group of former gang members, and becomes the target of a killer.

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Center Street
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Ty Buchanan Series, #1
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5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.87(d)

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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.

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Try Dying 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
VictoriaAllman More than 1 year ago
There is a reason James Scott Bell is a master of the craft of writing and Try Dying, the first in the Ty Buchanan series about a LA lawyer, is the perfect example of why. From page one, where we learn of the tragic death of Ty's fiancee, to the very last page where he tries to prove his innocence, Mr Bell creates intriguing characters and an exciting plot that the reader can not help but love and keep turning pages to find out who-dun-it. This fast-paced mystery starts out strong and keeps raising the stakes of suspense with a good amount of humor and humanity sprinkled in. Try Dying is the first James Scott Bell story I have read, but it will not be the last. I look forward to the next one in this series, as well as many more in his arsenal. Victoria Allman author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
JimJF 5 months ago
Really enjoyed this one with good characters and interesting story.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Not an especially original story, but the author has a gift for the storytelling. Very enjoyable book.
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Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Review by Jill Williamson Lawyer Ty Buchanan is working on a high profile case when his fiancé is killed. The cops say it was a freak accident, but some strange occurrences lead Ty to believe she was murdered. As Ty investigates, his life falls apart. He trusts no one but an outcast priest and a basketball-playing nun. Loved this book! I lived in Los Angeles for nine years, so it was really fun to know all the places the main character went. But that wasn't what was so great about the book. James Scott Bell knows how to tell a story you can't put down. He weaves suspense into every scene. And his characters are brilliant. I was completely enthralled with Ty and the mystery he was struggling to unravel. If you like suspense, mystery, lawyer stories, this one is for you. Check it out!
BookLoverInNeLA More than 1 year ago
Try Dying by James Scott Bell is like a rollercoaster ride. Plenty of suspense and wondering as we follow Ty on his journey in dealing with his grief and finding answers on why did this happen? Ty is overwhelmed by grief at the death of Jacqueline, his fiancee. When a man commits suicide and falls off an overpass, he hits Jacqueline's car, crushing her to death. The authorities rule it a freak and horrible accident. But when a mysterious man approaches him, Ty is shocked at the man's revelation that his fiancee was murdered. Ty is a lawyer and becomes consumed with finding out what really happened to Jacqueline. In exchange for her contacts and resources, Ty teams up with Channing, a reporter who wants to write a book on his tragedy. When she is found dead, Ty is accused of her murder. Follow Ty in his attempt to clear his name. James Scott Bell has written another winner.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Try Dying¿ starts with action. Jacqueline Dwyer dies immediately. Buchanan, a litigating attorney, spends his days finding out why, Jacqueline, his fiancé, died. There are legal battles, gang battles, and a group of nuns and priests involved in his journey for answers. Who is telling the truth and who can be trusted? You will not know until the last few pages. This is not a book in which you will figure out the ending. Buchanan has a dry humor that borders sarcasm. Unfortunately, he does not know when to use it. Will Buchanan die in order to find answers? Anyone who likes a good ¿who-did-it-mystery¿ or a great legal mystery will love ¿Try Dying¿. If you like John Grisham, you will love James Scott Bell. This action-packed book is destined for the big screen. I recommend it! Reviewed by: Stephanie Rollins for
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Scott Bell has used his legal background and his mastery of the craft of fiction to produce a novel that is comparable to those of Raymond Chandler. Attorney Ty Buchanan suffers the loss of his fiance, finds that her death was no accident, and is swept up into a maelstrom of mayhem that leaves the reader anxious to turn the pages. The last thirty pages have to be read at one sitting, even if it's after midnight. I understand that the next Ty Buchanan book is already in the works. I can hardly wait.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
Gritty. That was my first thought when I finished reading this book. The other was, wow this could totally be made into a movie. It reminded me very much of the movie Collateral starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. The way the setting was described along with the action sequences and the just the mood in general made me feel like I was in a slow moving but suspenseful film noir. There's a lot of mystery and suspense in this book that keeps you guessing til the end. Things that appear to be unconnected somehow have a thread that ties everything together. I love all the characters in this novel especially the non traditional priest and the basketball playing nun. Really can't wait to read more about them. This is a book you could pass on to anybody who is a fan of the genre and they would not be disappointed. I would compare this book to be on par with John Grisham just without sex or cursing. Like I've said before it has been proven that you can write an excellent story without having to resort to filler material. There were several places in the story where I could see another author just throwing in a sex scene or placing a few f-bombs to add space. But the story does not need it at all. Instead what you get is action filled drama, several intense scenes of violence and a story that keeps you reading from page one. This book shows that Christian fiction is not just clean romance novels. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series. Top notch writing, Mr. Bell, top notch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Snap, crackle and pop. These are the sounds of James Scott Bell's latest novel, Try Dying. Tightly written prose wrapped around a to-die-for plot that has the reader turning pages faster than a race horse heading for the finish line. And never ever figure you know where the story is headed. The drama has more twists and turns than a roller coaster ride. Bell's characacters jump off the pages with depth, humor and humanness¿an attorney drawn to investigate a freak death like a moth drawn to a flame, a cloistered nun with a mean jump shot, and a priest who has learned to forgive from the heart. These characters come alive as the story unfolds in this fast-paced legal thriller. It opens with a freak accident. A man falls from an overpass and slams into traffic below, killing school teacher Jacqueline Dwyer, protagonist Ty Buchanan's fiancée. The accident rips Buchanan from his comfortable world of civil litigation and dumps him onto the mean streets of Los Angeles as he searches for answers that may not exist. Buchanan's survival is brought into question as he sinks deeper and deeper into this black whole of mystery, murder and betrayal. The question becomes whether he will find the answer before death finds him. 'I should have been more deferential, if I wanted to keep all my teeth. But there was river of ice in me all of a sudden. Like I'd used up all my fear.' Buchanan pulls the reader across this precarious divide separating love and hate, and eventually life and death, where knowing the answer become more important than life itself. It is James Scott Bell at his best.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Los Angeles attorney Ty Buchanan prepares for a defamation of character defense in which he claims the plaintiff has NO LEGAL GROUNDS to sue his client. However, as he prepares for the case, he suddenly is hammered with a tragedy, the death of his fiancée Jacqueline Dwyer. What makes her demise even more difficult to cope with is the randomness of the event that killed her. Spousal killer Ernesto Bonilla committed suicide on an overpass and plunged off it landing on Jacqueline¿s passing vehicle, killing her. --- At her funeral an unkempt out of place male demands Ty give him money in exchange for the truth behind Dwyer¿s death the stranger insists she lived after the Bonilla dive. Perhaps looking for a different explanation, Ty needs to know the truth but when he tells the cops, they assume he is a grieving person who has been conned. Although he understands he could harm his rising career, Ty investigates finding a conspiracy of the powerful concealing something, but what and how it ties to Jacqueline remains elusive. --- Though there is a solid legal thriller subplot, TRY DYING is more an investigative tale as Ty works Los Angeles seeking whether his late fiancée was murdered by someone else after the Bonilla incident. The story line is action-packed, but in every sense of the word is owned by the mourning young lawyer who cannot understand how this could happen and recognizes he may be reaching for a less random incident even if it is homicide. Fans will appreciate Ty¿s efforts to learn the truth at the cost of his career. --- Harriet Klausner