Buying Time

Buying Time

by Pamela Samuels Young



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ISBN-13: 9780981562711
Publisher: Goldman House Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About 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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Sheldon Siegel

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, New York Times best-selling author, Judgment Day)

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Buying Time 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
JazzBeatGirl More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
knittingmomof3 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A blurb taken from my full review from my blog review:Buying Time is the fourth novel by Pamela Samuels Young, and is a fantastic legal thriller filled with an intriguing plot replete with clever twists and turns involving Live Now, a viatical company. Buying Time is filled with power-hungry people willing to go beyond poor choices to corruption fueled by greed and to some extent extenuating circumstances. While I found all of the characters to be disagreeable at best, their offensiveness works for this novel and would make for an interesting debate. Prior to reading this novel, I had never heard of viatical companies and this novel not only sheds light on viatical companies, but also begs the question of their ethical nature. Buying Time brings up this issue via an extremely well written and thought provoking fictitious legal mystery alleging the viatical company, Live Now, of insurance fraud and murder. A definite page-turner filled with clever plot twists, double crosses and surprises along the way.
BrokenTeepee on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was a delightful book. Well, as delightful as a suspense/murder mystery can be. You start out meeting Sloan Waverly, a lawyer about to get disbarred with a social climbing, greedy wife. He finds himself a new career in a questionable aspect of the insurance agency. Now he is rolling in money; his wife is happy, his father in law wants in and his clients are dying in very suspicious ways.The plot is well developed and the ancillary characters are interesting and important to the story. They are introduced well and not much is left hanging. There were twists and turns a plenty to keep you in a page turning fury. I would certainly look forward to another book by Ms. Samuels Young.
marcejewels on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was a great thriller suspense story. I am upset I was so busy that I couldn't read this as often as I wanted. One night it was 1am but the ending of a chapter was so good I couldn't get it out of my head, I got back up and read a few more, this is how good it is. For those that read fast you will enjoy reading this is one or two sittings. Every character was interesting and it was the perfect amount, sometime authors introduce to many characters. Every one had an important piece to the puzzle. At first Erickson was my favourite and slowly throughout the book he lost my respect and I despised him, very similar to his protege's feelings who plays a major part. There were numerous storylines that completely came together in the end. The chapters were short, glimpses into each characters life, their piece of the puzzle. We had work ethics, morals, murder, the legal world, politics, romance, family drama, all with a ton of suspense, making bad choices, disturbing choices and sometimes bad things happening to good people scenarios. Pamela SY did a great job with character building, so for those that love characters you will totally appreciate. What really caught my interest is that this is a book men would enjoy also, the male testosterone fast paced action in this thriller gets your attention. There are also Angela and Dre, I really enjoyed their storyline also, Dre was a favourite character for me. A man's man, a little rough around the edges but had a business mind and knew how to treat a woman with respect. I look forward to sharing this book with friends with similar styles and the best part is I loved everything about her writing so I found a new author and look forward to reading her other books.
mom2childs on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I read this book in one evening. It was that good! Waverly Shaw gets disbarred and is on the brink of financial ruin ¿ and his golf-digging wife will leave him if she can't maintain her lifestyle. And his father-in-law likes to lord it over him that he's not bringing in enough money. Waverly lucks upon a new, lucrative career in life insurance, which makes his wife very happy at first, but which puts his entire family in danger. Angela Evans is a U.S. Attorney begins investigating Waverly Shaw, thinking that he, and the company he represents, might be killing their clients for money. She's also the fiancée of an extremely controlling judge and is having second thoughts about their upcoming marriage. She meets a sexy and street-savvy guy, Dre, who seems to treat her much better than her fiancée ever did. When Angela and Dre end up in a confrontation with the judge, it changes their lives forever, as well as the life of the judge.Angela and Waverly, previously on opposite sides of the table, must now band together to clear both of their names, and they both need help each other and from Dre, to help se the record straight.This book was suspenseful from beginning to end, and each character was fully developed. Their were twists and turns all way to the end of the book.
CMash on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Buying Time by Pamela Samuels YoungPublished by Goldman House PublishingISBN 9780981562711At the request of Pump Up Your Book, a PB copy was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion. Synopsis (back of book): Every life has a price. 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 too solve all 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 Waveerly's clients start dying sooner than they should, both 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. My Thoughts and Opinion: There is so much to say about this book and all positive. When I read a book for a review, I have a little checklist in the back of my mind that I use to critique a book. First, the description, Buying Time is a legal thriller, however, it was not bogged down with a lot of legal terminology where the reader needs to have a prerequisite of being a 4th year law student to understand. The legal jargon was worked into the story line so that it was easily understandable. Now to my check list. Did I get pulled into the plot and when? Check, on page 1 of the Prologue. Were the characters brought to life and relatable? Check. Was it, as I call it, "a one more chapter" read? Check. The chapters were short with chapters alternating with the different characters and ending with a mini cliff hanger that this reader had to read on until I got to the next chapter of this character. Was it a page turner? Check, all 414 pages. Was I able to conjure up vivid imagery due to the author's writing style for characters and scenes? Check. Was I so engrossed into the story that I didn't realize what was going on around me? Check. Did I enjoy it? Can I honestly recommend this book? Check and Check. A nonstop fast paced legal thriller that must be read!! My Rating: 5
Carolee888 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
It is an understatement to say that I enjoyed Buying Time. Loved the straight forward and direct style in Buying Time and I could not find any flaws to tempt me to lay the book down. I felt that I would really like to sit down with my favorite character in this book and have a long talk! Angela, a black woman Assistant United States Attorney working in Los Angeles in what I presume was the Criminal Division. It was easy for me relate to the Los Angeles setting (I had worked in the same federal building there) and also worked in connections with AUSAs. But I think it doesn¿t matter, anyone not familiar with the area and AUSA would still be able to imagine it for themselves.All of the characters well developed and there were no lengthy descriptive sections to slow the book down. Issues like whether viatical settlements could tempt and encourage immoral acts and violence against women were expertly covered. In viatials life insurance policies are sold to investors for a set sum of money before a person dies by a viatial broker. The insured no longer has to pay the premiums and has the use of part of the insurance money for medical bills and whatever is needed or desired. The buyer will upon the death of the previously insured will be able to cash in the insurance policy. This of course leaves no insurance money for the heirs but rather to a stranger. The author did a tremendous amount of research on the viatical industry. I won¿t go more in to this because I want you to read this book! After finishing the book, I had all sorts of questions about the morality, the safeness and the fairness of selling viaticals whirling around in my head. The author, Pamela Samuels Young had created a supreme vehicle for showing the ethical issues involved. Not only would I recommend this book highly to everyone but I am now a big fan of hers.
LoriHedgpeth on LibraryThing 10 months ago
With one deft move, and a fantastic book, Pamela Samuels Young has snuck onto my favorite authors list. Impossible, you say? Pick up a copy of Buying Time and then I defy you to not be thrilled by this roller coaster ride of law, greed and murder.One of my favorite genres has long been legal themed books, particularly those with a mystery and thriller aspect to them. I suppose it's no surprise, given that my day job involves the law, but I eat these books up and can be particularly harsh on them given that I have more than the general layperson's knowledge about the system. Buying Time did not disappoint in the slightest. From the first pages the reader is quickly drawn into the intertwined stories of a soon to be disbarred attorney with a materialistic wife, a federal prosecutor reluctantly engaged to a willful judge, a drug dealer on the road to rehabilitation and a powerful attorney with sights on becoming U.S. Attorney General with a dying wife and a deep secret. At the root of the individual stories is the viatical insurance business, a deadly connection. This was my first book by Ms. Samuels Young and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. The book is peppered with legal references but without being preachy or educational, those references are kept interesting and are not textbook dry in the least. Each chapter was relatively short, most around five pages, and kept the story moving quickly and the pace at sometimes breakneck speed. The characters were real and easily identifiable, even if they sometimes were not likable. And their actions were realistic ones, not ones made simply for plot purposes, a huge gripe of mine. Most importantly, the story was a terrific one, with a few twists thrown here and there and no loose ends left hanging at the end. Buying Time was a book I simply could not put down and I guarantee you won't be able to either. It's a book that will leave you anxiously flipping pages long into the night. I will anxiously await the next book by Pamela Samuels Young and I hope that a Hollywood producer or executive is smart enough to pick up this book and option it for a movie. While Buying Time does deal with corruption and murder, there is not an excessive amount of violence. There is some slight language and sexual situations but only the most sensitive reader to those situations may find objection. I would highly recommend Buying Time without reservation to any reader looking for a captivating mystery/thriller - - you will not be disappointed.
thelittlereader on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Buying Time brought three characters with their separate stories together, converging into one legal thriller wrought with corruption, deceit, murder and more. this was one of those un-put-down-able books that was a great way to mix up my reading habits and i would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a good thriller/suspense you know what a viatical settlement is? i didn¿t prior to reading this, so let me do a quick explanation first. apparently, there are brokers that purchase life insurance policies from individuals (usually those with terminal illnesses such as cancer) at a percentage of the face value. they pay the individual in cash, in exchange for being named the sole beneficiary of that policy. investors are willing to put up the cash for the return on their investment once the individual dies. at first it sounds a bit morbid, but in actuality, it can be a very meaningful thing for terminally ill patients. it allows them to do things they might not have afforded, such as experimental procedures that their insurance won¿t cover, or to spend the last months of their life traveling. but, on the flip side of that coin is the potential for questionable and unethical actions, which is exactly what Buying Time is about¿Angela is a moderately successful attorney working on what could be her breakthrough case following an organization called Live Now that deals in viatical settlements. the organization is under scrutiny for their questionable tactics, but she soon realizes that the issues run much deeper. though Angela is dedicated and fierce in her professional life, her personal life is a constant source of headaches. her engagement to a judge seemed like a good idea at the time, since her biological clock is ticking, but as he becomes more and more controlling and condescending, she isn¿t so sure of herself. then, when she meets the sensitive, thoughtful and good looking Dre at the gym, she finds herself caught up in a tangle in both her personal and professional life.Lawrence Erickson is on the up and up with his career, shooting for the coveted U.S. Attorney General position, but his wife, at home with terminal cancer, is becoming a problem. she is the ruthless sort, clearly unhappy in the marriage and is threatening to expose something that could ruin his career. as he tries to placate her and hold her out until she kicks the bucket, he finds himself sucked into a web of political scandal and cover ups of enormous proportions.Waverly has made a few wrong turns in life, but has the best intentions. supporting his gold-digging wife (and impressing his in-laws) proves to be more difficult than he¿d anticipated and he finds himself cutting corners, and ultimately disbarred from the legal profession. when he gets offered the opportunity to sell viatical settlements for Live Now, he thinks things might finally be looking up. but, when his clients start dying sooner then they should and he finds himself under suspicion, he realizes that the downward spiral of his life has only just thing i really appreciated about reading Buying Time was the presentation of viatical settlements in its strengths and weaknesses. this is an actual thing that can be a blessing to the patients. in addition, Young also explores domestic abuse in a very tangible way. although a tad graphic at times, i didn¿t find it over-dramatic or excessive in its representation and appreciated the varying levels of human corruption. the depth and variety of characters that Young presented was extremely well done and although i can¿t say that i liked many of the characters, their flaws were all well drawn. by far, my favorite was Angela, the strong and stubborn woman of the bunch. Waverly was irritatingly naive and played an annoying, yet convincing victim and Erickson was so easy to hate, the epitome of a deplorable politician. my only qualms about the book were in its over-simplification of the nature of relationships.
SenoraG163 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Buying Time is absolutely one of the best legal thriller books I have ever read! This was my first book by Pamela Samuels Young and for sure will not be my last. Buying Time took hold of me from page one and with each chapter only held me tighter and tighter wanting more. This book has a little bit of everything, murders, dirty lawyers, corruption, romance, outstanding characters that you love or not love or want to kick in the pants. I have to say my favorite characters was by far Dre. I always hold the underdog very close to my heart and Dre is a good guy. Maybe he didn't start out that way but he saw the error of his ways and changed. Gotta love him for that.Angela was a character who was very easy to identify with. A strong woman, a lawyer, the Assistant US Attorney who is caught in a relationship that she knows is bad but shows us that even a smart, strong woman can get mind screwed as easily as anyone. Waverly Sloan? I really didnt fall in love with him. Yeah, he was basically a good guy but there is just something about him that makes me say Hmmmmmmmmmm.Overall one hell of a good book. A book that will keep you up all night. A book that promises another twist in each chapter. Move over John Grisham, Pamela Samuels Young is here to stay!
wbentrim on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Buying Time by Pamela Samuels YoungAngela Evans is an assistant U. S. Attorney who loses an associate to suspected murder while on assignment. She sets out on a quest to find his killer and on that quest finds love, separation, danger and redemption. Pamela Samuels Young is flat out brilliant. This is an excellent story and as a debut novel, it is outstanding. The characters are clearly portrayed and practically anyone will find a character they know. Waverly Sloan is well portrayed as a basically good person who gets in way over his head. The viatical industry is explained clearly. The reverse mortgage concept applied to life insurance is so new that many readers may be surprised at how wide spread it is. The mystery remained mysterious and the multiple story lines were tied together adroitly. I look forward to future books by Young. I highly recommend the book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Bizylady More than 1 year ago
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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IdrissaU More than 1 year ago
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.
sandiek More than 1 year ago
Waverly Sloan can't believe his luck. He just got disbarred as an attorney, but has fallen into a great new business. Of course, not everyone would like it, but he isn't picky. The viatical broker finds terminally ill patients with large life insurance policies. He buys the policy for half price on behalf on his investor. The patient gets some needed money for the end part of their life, and when they die, the investor gets the face value of the policy. The broker takes his fee up front, and Waverly soon finds that these fees add up to substantial funds. What could go wrong with that? Let's see. A drug dealer who decides Waverly is his best bet for laundering drug profits. A federal prosecutor who is heading up a task force to investigate the industry and Waverly's office in particular. Clients who die; and not from their diagnosed illnesses. His clients are dying in car accidents, hit and runs or suspicious fires. In particular, one case comes back to haunt him. The new Attorney General of the United States used his services for his terminally ill wife. The problem? After she dies, it's determined that she was murdered. Pamela Young has written a fast-paced mystery that keeps the reader turning pages to see what will happen next. This book is recommended for mystery readers who like fast-paced action.
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
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
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago