Try Darkness by James Scott Bell and Book Giveaway!

I'm giving away TWO books today: a brand new copy of today's book PLUS a copy of the first book in the series Try Dying! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winner on Tuesday, July 29. US addresses only. Good luck!

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 fiancĂ©e 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


  1. Allow me to be the first to say, "Enter me, please." Thank you.

  2. I really enjoy his books. I would love to win the first two in this series - thanks!

  3. These books look great, please enter me. I can't seem to get enough to read lately!

  4. Anonymous12:07 PM

    These look great! Would love to win!
    JJ from FR

  5. My family loves legal thrillers, please include my name. Thank you!

  6. Anonymous1:22 PM

    Please enter my name in the drawing for these two books. I truly enjoy mystery/legal stories. Rosalie

    Rosalie Sambuco
    763 Robinwood Avenue
    Whitehall, Ohio 43213-1761

  7. Erica4:53 PM

    These books look good. Please enter my name. Thanks!
    bookhearth [at] yahoo [dot] com

  8. Thanks for another special giveaway drawing contest. I appreciate your book giveaways! Please enter me in this spectacular drawing. Thanks, Cindi

  9. Enter me in the drawing. I love Bell books. spowell01(at)bellsouth(dot)net

  10. Please enter me in this contest too!

    ryanx6 at msn dot com

  11. Anonymous1:58 PM

    I would love to read both of these books. Thank you for the chance to win!


  12. I'm trying so hard to win a copy of this book! lol I loved "Try Dying" and desperately want to read "Try Darkness". My husband and I are both huge fans of James Scott Bell.
    Please enter me in the drawing, and thank you so much.

  13. this book sounds so good!

  14. Anonymous4:56 PM

    James Scott Bell is an awesome writer! I got my 17 year old son...who Never reads...hooked on him this summer. Please include my name in the drawing!

  15. luv luv luv JSB! Kit Shannon was my first series to read by him. Please enter me to win Try Darkness and Try Dying! Thanks.

    In Him,
    Mimi B

    mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

  16. I've only read one of Mr. Bell's books, but I was immediately hooked. Thanks for the chance to win these books.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  17. Anonymous11:07 PM

    I want to be entered as I am a HUGE James Scott Bell fan.

    You can find me at PBS as alldatndensum. E-mail me at that nickname at

  18. I'd love to read these books. Please enter my name too. Thanks!

  19. This book sounds deep. I used to work in downtown L.A. and I can just picture the setting already.

    Please enter my name.



  20. mary jo1:41 PM

    Please enter me in your contest. I really enjoy his books!

    Mary Jo
    PBS teacher98

    rcmjrobertson (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  21. If I win, I am going to give these to my husband, they are the only CF authors he will read! Thanks!
    cmrobin at bellsouth dot net

  22. Love to win!!!
    Need a good read!!!

  23. Anonymous8:28 PM

    Please enter me if it's not too late!! I just found your blog and I love his books!

    Thanks! :D

  24. Please enter me--thanks!

  25. Anonymous3:15 AM

    I'd love to read this


  26. congrats to alldatndensum for winning!


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