Monday, July 21, 2008

Try Darkness by James Scott Bell

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Try Darkness

(Center Street - July 30, 2008)


James Scott Bell


JAMES SCOTT BELL is a former trial lawyer who now writes full time. He has also been the fiction columnist for Writers Digest magazine and adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University.

The national bestselling author of several novels of suspense, he grew up and still lives in Los Angeles. His first Buchanan thriller, TRY DYING, was released to high critical praise, while his book on writing, Plot and Structure is one of the most popular writing books available today.


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 underrepresented from his “office” at local coffee bar The Freudian Sip. With his new friends, the philosophizing Father Bob and basketball-playing Sister Mary Veritas, Buchanan has found a new family of sorts.
One of his first clients is a mysterious woman who arrives with her six-year-old daughter. They are being illegally evicted from a downtown transient hotel, an interest that Ty soon discovers is represented by his old law firm and his 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.
The trail leads Buchanan through the sordid underbelly of the city and to the mansions and yachts of the rich and famous. No one is anxious to talk.
But somebody wants Buchanan to shut up. For good.
Now he must use every legal and physical edge he knows to keep himself and the girl alive.
Once again evoking the neo-noir setting of contemporary Los Angeles, Bell delivers another thriller where darkness falls and the suspense never rests.

If you would like to read chapters 1 & 2, go HERE

“Bell has created in Buchanan an appealing and series-worthy protagonist, and the tale equally balances action and drama, motion and emotion. 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.”

“Engaging whodunit series kickoff . . . Readers will enjoy Bell's talent for description and character development.”
—Publishers Weekly

“James Scott Bell has written himself into a niche that traditionally has been reserved for the likes of Raymond Chandler.”
—Los Angeles Times

“A master of suspense.”
—Library Journal

“One of the best writers out there, bar none.”
—In the Library Review

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James can be reached through the Contact link on his Website

Come and vist some of the blogs on this tour:

Abi at lighter side
Adam at Northwoods Blumer
Alexis at Ramblings From Life
Amber at A Fiction-Filled Life
Amy at Simple Folk Schoolhouse
Amy at My Life
Angela at One Baby, Seven Dogs, and a Mommy
April at Projecting A
April at Living In A State Of Constant Kansas
Bonnie at Bonnie Writes
Brandilyn at Forensics and Faith
Brittanie at A Book Lover
C.J. at C.J.
Caleb at Reviews Plus+
Camy at Camy Tang
Cara at the law, books, and life
Carla at Carla's Writing Café
Carol at Blogging With Carol
Carolyn at Serenity
CeeCee at Book Splurge
Christy at Christy's Book Blog
Courtney at A Mom Speaks
Dave at Dave Rhoades
Dave at Novel Spotlight
Dawn at Book Junkie Confessions
Deborah at books, movies and chinese food
Debra at Soul Reflections
Deena at A Peek At My Bookshelf
Delia at Gatorskunkz And Mudcats
Dineen at Kittens Come From Eggs
Edyth at Great Reads by Jasmine
Erica at On The Write Path
Ernie at Writing: My Adventures In Words
Georgiana at Georgiana D
Gina at Upon Reflection
Gina at Portrait Of A Writer
Gretchen at Inspire Me
Heidi at Reviews by Heidi
Janis at The Nearsighted Bookworm
Janna at Cornhusker Academy
Jason at Spoiled For The Ordinary
Jessica at Praise, Prayers and Observations
Jill at Christian Work At Home Moms
Jill at Artistic Blogger
Jim B. at The Bedford Review
Jim T. at One Small Stone--CFBA Book Reviews
Joleen at timetotalk
Karen at Mommy of Three
Karla at Ramblin' Roads To Everywhere
Katie at Christian Novels
Kelly at Scrambled Dregs
Kim at Window To My World
Kim at Rainy Day Diamonds
Kristy at I Need To Read
LaShaunda at See Ya On The Net
Laura at Laura William's Musings
Leslie at A Little Bit Of Sunlight
Linda at Mocha With Linda
Lori at journey in grace
Lynetta at Open Book
Lynnae at Lynnae's Bookshelf
Marcia at Writer-lee
Margaret at Creative Madness
Marjorie at The Writer's Tool
Michelle at Edgy Inspirational Author
Michelle at Just A Minute
Michelle at Michelle's Great Blogs
Michelle at Raising Little Women
Mike at wide-eyed fiction
Nicole at Into The Fire
Pam at Mom's Mutterings
Pam at Daysong Reflections
Peg at Sips 'n Cups Cafeteria
Rachelle at Stifled Squeal
Rel at Relz Reviewz
Sean at Bookmark Cafe
Sunny at Life In The Estrogen Sea
Susan at His Reading List
Tabitha at 123pizza's Weblog
Takiela at Beauty 4 Ashes
Tami at Tree Swing Reading
Tara at Tara's View Of The World
Tiffany at Snapshots Of Life
Todd at A Place Called Fiction
Tracy at Pix-N-Pens
Ty at
Nessie at Illuminating Fiction
Virginia at Book Reviews - Virginia "Ginny" Smith


Rel said...

Up down under:)

Nicole said...

Up at Into the Fire with a 2 BOOK GIVEAWAY! (Both Try Dying and Try Darkness) Contest ends Wednesday at NOON PDT (USA addresses only, please).

Ernie W. said...

Th post is up.

David Meigs said...

Me too

Michelle Sutton said...

I'm up now, too!

Rulan said...

Mine are up.

Ausjenny said...


Adam Blumer said...

Posted and pinged, but no review yet. Hopefully soon.

Anonymous said...

mine's up

Delia said...

Mine's up.

Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

Posted this morning with an interview AND an autographed book giveaway. Drop on by.

Tracy Ruckman said...

Mine's up.

Kim said...

I'm going all out on this one! A review! A give away! An interview! Stop by for some fun!!


Erica Vetsch said...

up with a review

CherryBlossomMJ said...

post up with double giveaway cherryblossommj dot blogspot dot com

Georgiana said...

Man, is anyone else pulling out their hair over the last line like I am? I'm up.

carla stewart said...

I've posted with a mini-review at the bottom.

April Erwin said...

Mine is scheduled to post on the 23rd. I'd have loved to read this one, but the book never arrived. Anyone else have that problem?

Deena said...


Takiela, the redeemed sinner...not the drink. said...


Pam said...

Posted at both and with a short review

Christy Lockstein said...

I'm up with review

Jim Thompson said...

My review and all that other stuff here.

Marci said...

Almost forgot to let you know my post is up! Marcia

Brittanie said...

Posted with review.

Sean said...

Posted and reviewed. Great book!

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

Mine is up at

Deborah said...

mine's up and I"m giving away 2 books Try Dying AND Darkness

Leslie said...

Posted at A Little Bit of Sunlight
- Contest for a free copy of Try Darkness! :)

Leslie said...

Is it just me or is something wrong with the code for the whole post.

-My post is not up yet afterall...hopefully in a few minutes.

Tami said...

My post is up.
Tami from Tree Swing Reading

Jim Black said...

Mine is posted.

Mocha with Linda said...

Arggh! Forgot to come over last night but I posted with a review, and I've pinged!

If only I could ping my brain....

Janna said...

I posted last night with a review and giveaway - just forgot to comment here...

Jenny said...

It's up!

storyline said...


Gretchen said...


Courtney said...

my review is up

CeeCee@Book Splurge said...

Posted too.

Susan Stitch said...


Jill said...

My post is up . . . finally. I've been out of town with no Internet access. This was my first on-line project upon return.

Cara Putman said...

My post, she is up with a giveaway of Try Dying.

Peggy Blann Phifer said...

My post will be up tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.

Includes Review.


Jasmine said...

Mine is posted!

Hisart777 said...


Jason said...

My post will travel into the future, to appear on Wednesday morning through the magic of Blogger! The pinging will happen real time however.

Great read! It might be my favorite book this year. And yes, the last line was cruel and unusual punishment.

Lori said...

Wow. Yeah, that last line was a bit cruel. How long do we have to wait now?

Talk about terrific writing! I am absolutely impressed.

(My post and review are up.)
Click on Fiction!

Vennessa said...

Review is up. Sorry it's late. I only received the book today and I had forgotten I had requested it. Ops.

Kelly Klepfer said...

I'm up at Dregs and Novel Review with a review and the links. Great book.

kc said...

I finally have a post up.

Margie Vawter said...

I've posted, with an interview

Janis said...

up with a review at The Nearsighted Bookworm!

Lynetta said...

Mine's up with a review.

Michelle K said...

I posted, I will have my part of the review up late like midnight. I have to work.