Counseling underprivileged clients while recovering from a wrongful murder charge, former trial lawyer Ty Buchanan takes the case of a troubled single mom who is subsequently murdered while fighting her illegal eviction from a transient hotel.Publishers Description
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 under-represented, from his "office" at local coffee bar The Freudian Sip. A mysterious woman with a six year old daughter comes to him for help. She's being illegally evicted from a downtown transient hotel, an interest represented by his old law firm and 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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.16" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.08"
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2008
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
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|Exactly What We Want in a Sequel Oct 23, 2008|
|Ty Buchanan is certainly not your typical lawyer. After the tragic death of his fiancé, Ty moves into a trailer behind a convent and befriends a nun with a passion for hoops. Together they work to bring justice to the downtrodden that cross their path. Ty's latest case involves a young girl whose mother was brutally murdered before her eyes. As Ty and Sister Mary Veritas look further into the case, they uncover a conspiracy between a larger than life business mogul and Ty's old law firm. It will take every ounce of Ty's wit and Sister Mary's unwavering faith to bring justice and hope to the little girl that has stolen their hearts.
James Scott Bell has given us exactly what we want in a sequel: an even better story. I thoroughly enjoyed Try Dying, but this second installment really outweighs the first. Ty Buchanan is such an engaging character full of heart, flaws, and passion. His own personal search for truth and meaning is such a welcome addition to an already rich plot. Bell knows how to structure a plot (heck, he has written a book about it) and his talent is on full display here. Never does the story drag or cause you to wonder just how many more pages are left. This is truly one of the more engaging novels I've read in some time.
Let's not forget about the wonderfully strange cast of characters Bell treats us to. Sister Mary Veritas is a fun and complex counterpart to Ty and their relationship is wonderfully explored here. Father Bob and Pick McNitt are back and as entertaining as ever with their witty banter and unique perspectives. Bell also mixes in some new characters that are sure to become fan favorites.
Try Darkness holds it's own as a mystery and also works as a relevant exploration into faith. Ty and Sister Mary remind me of Dr. Brennan and Agent Booth on the TV show, Bones. Being a self proclaimed agnostic, Ty often butts heads with Sister Mary over issues of spirituality making for fascinating conversations between the two. Indeed, one of the most intriguing aspects of Ty Buchanan is his passion for helping and serving others despite his uncertainty about God.
James Scott Bell totally has me hooked and I am eagerly awaiting another installment in this impressive series.
|Excellent novel Oct 9, 2008|
|But not five stars. Lots of witty dialogue, but it gets to be a surfeit at times and a little tedious. Well drawn three-dimensional characters. The ending is a little bit manufactured and I don't think is quiet sufficiently motivated. In addition to the plot, the author offers a nice side dish of food for thought.|
|One of the best I've read in awhile Sep 12, 2008|
|These days I start a new mystery a little nervously. Will the author create a compelling plot? Will I want to spend time with the characters all the way to the end? Or will I get frustrated, peek ahead and close the book with a sigh, regretting the loss of time?|
So I was delighted to find Try Darkness. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Ty Buchanan, corporate lawyer who's recovering from a difficult past. I didn't read the first book in the series so I'm not sure how he ends up living in a trailer on the property of a Benedictine convent. But his friendship with Sister Mary adds a nice subplot. Their back and forth banter makes a nice break for the reader.
The nuns and the resident priest, Father Bob, function as Buchanan's sidekicks. I don't see them as creating a spiritual dimension for the novel. Sister Mary seems to have a lot of freedom for a junior nun. In one episode she's described as a postulant. Yet she regularly defies the superior, Sister Hildegarde. She wants to wear traditional dress yet chooses to take a very non-traditional role.
Buchanan is fun to watch as he moves back and forth between his old life as a hotshot lawyer and his new role as a hired gun (or loose cannon, one might say). The plot follows a typical arc, culminating in a major conflict at the end. In true detective fashion, Buchanan combines his deductive skills, his street smarts and his brainpower to solve the case and make sure everything works out.
|Could not put it down Sep 4, 2008|
|Reviewed by Danielle Feliciano for Reader Views (8/08) |
"Try Darkness" is a true thriller. I picked up this book and could not put it down until I was done. It starts by introducing us to Ty Buchanan, a former hotshot attorney with a major firm who now lives in a religious enclave and practices law from a rented chair in a local coffee shop. While trying to pick up the pieces of his life, while dealing with the death of his fiancé, as well as being falsely accused of murder, Ty is happy playing basketball with his favorite nun and having philosophical conversations with the resident priest, Father Bob.
When Father Bob brings him a new client, it seems to be a relatively easy case. Reatta, a single mother, lives in a bottom-of-the-barrel motel in a seedy part of town with her six-year-old daughter, Kylie. The motel utilized an illegal practice of shoving residents out after a few weeks and making them wait a week to check in again. This prevents the residents being protected by resident laws. Reatta decides to fight since this practice will put her and Kylie on the street. Ty takes the case, and things pick up speed very quickly. As the bodies pile up, Ty is in for the case of his life in every sense of the word.
In the midst of the danger, we see another side of Ty. Snarky and sarcastic, he is also loving and caring. He still visits his late fiancée's mother, finds himself forming an unwanted bond to this abandoned girl and is struggling with feelings for a woman he should not be thinking about.
"Try Darkness" by James Scott Bell is a thriller at its best. It was full of action, wonderful and realistic dialog and characters that rang true. Once you pick this up, be prepared to be in for quite a ride!
|Bell does it again! Another home run! Aug 26, 2008|
|After the sizzling debut of his Ty Buchanan series last year in "Try Dying", James Scott Bell does it again in this fast-paced and tightly plotted second entry.|
Still at loose ends after clearing himself of his fiancee's murder, we find Ty getting involved in a legal battle for the rights of tenants being hustled by the landlord of a Single Room Occupancy hotel in downtown LA.
But as Ty delves deeper into the case, he finds things aren't what they seem, and matters swing out of control, resulting in murder, kidnapping, and a confrontation with some of the city's top-level power brokers.
Buchanan is a fascinating, well portrayed character full of sardonic insights and witty ripostes; the secondary characters are all fully-realized and three-dimensional, each memorable and distinct in their own right.
The personal story between Ty and Sister Mary Veritas continues to develop, and I can hardly wait to see what happens in the next installment.
This book barrels along like a runaway train. It satisfies on every level, and Bell is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
A solid five stars; get this book!
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