From the Publisher’s Website:
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.
About the Author:
James Scott Bell’s fiction has been compared by Booklist and the Los Angeles Times to Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, two of his favorite authors. A former trial lawyer, Jim was also fiction columnist for Writers Digest Magazine and adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University. His book on writing, Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, is one of the most popular writing books available today.
After graduating from Taft High School in Los Angeles, Bell went on to play basketball at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he pursued a degree in Film. But his love of writing shot to the forefront of his interests. While still in college, Bell’s writing got him a spot to study with Raymond Carver, one of America’s most honored writers. Bell also won an award for a screenplay he wrote in his senior year.
After graduation, Bell moved to New York to write for the theater. Almost immediately he was cast in a small role in an Off Broadway production of Othello, “and I began my actor phase.” That phase included stints in several Off Broadway productions and in television commercials. “Commercials were nice,” Bell remembers. “I’d hold up a tray of hamburgers for McDonald’s and keep getting these residual checks. What a business.”
While in New York Bell met his wife to be, an actress, and decided one thespian in the family was enough.
He went to the University of Southern California Law School, graduated with honors and won the American Board of Trial Advocates’ Award as the top student in Trial Practice. He was a litigator for a year with a large L.A. firm before opening up his own office.
He now writes full time. His favorite writers, in addition to Chandler and Hammett, include John D. MacDonald and Michael Connelly.
This was a very suspenseful and unique take on a murder mystery. The lead, Ty Buchanan is living at a monestary; he is there to recover from the loss of his fiance and from being accused of her murder. He likes the simple, peaceful life he has there but he finds himself helping the poor who are led to him by Father Bob. One of these being Reatta, the mother of a 6 year old named Kylie. Reatta turns up dead and Ty finds himself caring for little Kylie.He uses his wits and his law degree and his knowledge of the system to really help people who don’t ordinarily get good lawyers. He is funny, smart and full of rage. Rage because of what happened to him – this all occurred in a previous book in the series – and he uses that rage to really go after the “bad guy” ie: the murderer of little Kylie’s mother. He is determined to find him (her?) and bring them to justice.
It was a fast paced, well written book with lots of curve balls thrown in to keep you guessing. Ty Buchanan is a character you want to keep following from book to book.
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