Try Dying by James Scott Bell

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
(Center Street October 24, 2007)
James Scott Bell

James Scott Bell is a former trial lawyer who now writes full time. He is also the fiction columnist for Writers Digest magazine and adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University.
His book on writing, Plot and Structure is one of the most popular writing books available today. The national bestselling author of several novels of suspense, he grew up and still lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next Buchanan thriller.
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 45th Street home in South Los Angeles. As Alejandra lay bleeding to death, Ernesto drove their Ford Explorer to the westbound Century Freeway connector where it crossed over the Harbor Freeway and pulled to a stop on the shoulder.

Bonilla stepped around the back of the SUV, ignoring the rain and the afternoon drivers on their way to LAX and the west side, placed the barrel of his .38 caliber pistol into his mouth, and fired.

His body fell over the shoulder and plunged one hundred feet, hitting the roof of a Toyota Camry heading northbound on the harbor Freeway. The impact crushed the roof of the Camry. The driver, Jacqueline Dwyer, twenty-seven, an elementary schoolteacher from Reseda, died at the scene.

This would have been simply another dark and strange coincidence, the sort of thing that shows up for a two-minute report on the local news–with live remote from the scene–and maybe gets a follow-up the next day. Eventually the story would go away, fading from the city’s collective memory.But this story did not go away. Not for me. Because Jacqueline Dwyer was the woman I was going to marry.
In Try Dying, this fast-paced thriller, lawyer Ty Buchanan must enter a world of evil to uncover the cause of his fiancee’s death–even if he has to kill for the truth.

“Bell is one of the best writers out there…he creates characters readers care
about…a story worth telling.”~
Library Review~

OK, I guess this is more of an endorsement, because I haven’t read the book yet. But don’t worry, I will! That’s because I know that anything James Scott Bell (Jim) writes is going to be fast-paced, full of suspense, with well-developed characters that will sweep you along on their journey to who-knows-where.

I had the privilege to hear Jim speak at the last ACFW conference and to attend one of his workshops when the Christan Writers Guild held their conferences at The Cove (Billy Graham’s Conference Center in Asheville, NC). He is wonderful speaker and knows how a book should be written. He wrote Plot & Structure: (Techniques And Exercises For Crafting A Plot That Grips Readers From Start To Finish) (Write Great Fiction), for goodness sakes! I’ve read A Certain Truth (The Trials of Kit Shannon #3) and Breach of Promise– both excellent books.

But I’m looking forward to reading this one because it combines his love of film noir with a male protagonist. I’m sure it’ll be his best work yet.

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