"A deftly plotted thriller that combines the best of Lisa Scottoline and Robert Crais. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late. Highly recommended." Sheldon Siegel, New York Times bestselling author, Judgment Day
"Right up to the twisted and unexpected slam-bang ending, Murder on the Down Low will keep you teetering precariously on the edge of your seat the whole way through." The Book Club Queen
About the Author
Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney and the author of Every Reasonable Doubt, In FirmPursuit, and Murder on the Down Low. She is a member of the board of directors of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Los Angeles.
Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney and bestselling author of the legal thrillers, Every Reasonable Doubt, In Firm Pursuit, Murder on the Down Low, Buying Time, Attorney-Client Privilege, and Anybody's Daughter. She is also a natural hair enthusiast and the author of Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide.
In addition to writing legal thrillers and working as an in-house employment attorney for a major corporation in Southern California, Pamela formerly served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is a diehard member of Sisters in Crime-L.A., an organization dedicated to the advancement of women mystery writers. The former journalist and Compton native is a graduate of USC, Northwestern University and UC Berkeley's School of Law. She is married and lives in the Los Angeles area.
Pamela loves to hear from readers! To schedule Pamela for a speaking engagement or book club meeting via speakerphone, Skype, FaceTime or in person, visit her website at www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com. There are also a multitude of ways to connect with her.
With one deft move, and a fantastic book, Pamela Samuels Young has snuck onto my favorite authors list. Impossible, you say? Pick up a copy of Buying Time and then I defy you to not be thrilled by this roller coaster ride of law, greed and murder.
One of my favorite genres has long been legal themed books, particularly those with a mystery and thriller aspect to them. I suppose it's no surprise, given that my day job involves the law, but I eat these books up and can be particularly harsh on them given that I have more than the general layperson's knowledge about the system.
Buying Time did not disappoint in the slightest. From the first pages the reader is quickly drawn into the intertwined stories of a soon to be disbarred attorney with a materialistic wife, a federal prosecutor reluctantly engaged to a willful judge, a drug dealer on the road to rehabilitation and a powerful attorney with sights on becoming U.S. Attorney General with a dying wife and a deep secret. At the root of the individual stories is the viatical insurance business, a deadly connection.
This was my first book by Ms. Samuels Young and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. The book is peppered with legal references but without being preachy or educational, those references are kept interesting and are not textbook dry in the least. Each chapter was relatively short, most around five pages, and kept the story moving quickly and the pace at sometimes breakneck speed. The characters were real and easily identifiable, even if they sometimes were not likable. And their actions were realistic ones, not ones made simply for plot purposes, a huge gripe of mine.Read more ›
Pamela has done it again with another great legal thriller. Pamela's books tend to be lengthy (about 400 pages), but the length does not detract from the fast-moving action in her novels. I've read every one of her books and would highly recommend all four. In "Buying Time," the author educates readers about an industry that is probably little-known outside the legal community -- viatical investments. I would highly recommend this book, especially for readers who like legal intrigue.
Waverly Sloan can't believe his luck. He just got disbarred as an attorney, but has fallen into a great new business. Of course, not everyone would like it, but he isn't picky. The viatical broker finds terminally ill patients with large life insurance policies. He buys the policy for half price on behalf on his investor. The patient gets some needed money for the end part of their life, and when they die, the investor gets the face value of the policy. The broker takes his fee up front, and Waverly soon finds that these fees add up to substantial funds.
What could go wrong with that? Let's see. A drug dealer who decides Waverly is his best bet for laundering drug profits. A federal prosecutor who is heading up a task force to investigate the industry and Waverly's office in particular. Clients who die; and not from their diagnosed illnesses. His clients are dying in car accidents, hit and runs or suspicious fires. In particular, one case comes back to haunt him. The new Attorney General of the United States used his services for his terminally ill wife. The problem? After she dies, it's determined that she was murdered.
Pamela Young has written a fast-paced mystery that keeps the reader turning pages to see what will happen next. This book is recommended for mystery readers who like fast-paced action.
I read this book in one evening. It was that good! Waverly Shaw gets disbarred and is on the brink of financial ruin - and his golf-digging wife will leave him if she can't maintain her lifestyle. And his father-in-law likes to lord it over him that he's not bringing in enough money. Waverly lucks upon a new, lucrative career in life insurance, which makes his wife very happy at first, but which puts his entire family in danger.
Angela Evans is a U.S. Attorney begins investigating Waverly Shaw, thinking that he, and the company he represents, might be killing their clients for money. She's also the fiancée of an extremely controlling judge and is having second thoughts about their upcoming marriage. She meets a sexy and street-savvy guy, Dre, who seems to treat her much better than her fiancée ever did. When Angela and Dre end up in a confrontation with the judge, it changes their lives forever, as well as the life of the judge.
Angela and Waverly, previously on opposite sides of the table, must now band together to clear both of their names, and they both need help each other and from Dre, to help se the record straight.
This book was suspenseful from beginning to end, and each character was fully developed. Their were twists and turns all way to the end of the book.
Buying Time is the fourth book from Author Pamela Samuels Young. Her writing style is brilliant; she expertly weaves her characters together in unexpected ways, and the plot timing is magnificent. This book is a definite page turner, and each chapter left me hungry for more. It was difficult to put the book down, as I was anxious to see what would happen with the characters. The topic is very interesting and the plot is very believeable. I wouldn't doubt that somebody somewhere has tried what the Author described in the story. Her research must have been painstaking, because the final package felt like something out of a CNN or 20/20 investigation. Bravo!