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"The scenes and characters jump off the page to create a startling, emotionally stirring story that's a bit dark and deliciously suspenseful." -- Romantic Times

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At the age of five, Steve Conroy saw his seven-year-old brother kidnapped from the very bedroom they shared. His brother was never found. And the guilt of his silence that night has all but destroyed Steve's life. Now thirty years old with a failing law practice, Steve agrees to represent convicted criminal Johnny LaSalle, an arrangement sweetened by a lucrative retainer. It's not long until he discovers that this con man might just be his missing brother. Desperate for his final shot at redemption, Steve will do anything to find the truth. But Johnny knows far more than he's telling, and the secrets he keeps have deadly consequences. Now Steve must depend on an inexperienced law student whose faith seems to be his last chance at redemption from a corrupt world where one wrong move could be his last.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1st edition (January 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310269032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310269038
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JAMES SCOTT BELL is a bestselling and award winning suspense writer, and one of the top writing coaches in the country. He writes in both the traditional and indie publishing realms. Writing as K. Bennett, he is the author of the Mallory Caine, Zombie-at-Law series, which begins with PAY ME IN FLESH. In 2012 he became the first writer to have a self published work nominated for the prestigious International Thriller Writers Award (for the novella ONE MORE LIE). He was the fiction columnist for Writer's Digest magazine and has written four popular books for the Writers Digest line: Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers and Conflict & Suspense. Jim taught novel writing at Pepperdine University and continues to teach at numerous writers conferences in the United States, Canada, London, Australia, and New Zealand. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He lives and writes in L.A. He blogs weekly at Kill Zone -- www.killzoneauthors.blogspot.com

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Back in 2002, when young Elizabeth Smart was kidnaped out of her own bedroom window, the whole country felt the Utah family's pain. We could only imagine the guilt, anguish and complete helplessness her parents felt. But there was someone else I remember empathizing with even more: Elizabeth's younger sister, Mary Katherine. She'd been in the room when it happened. She'd waited to tell. What kind of guilt had SHE felt?

In James Scott Bell's latest legal thriller The Whole Truth we find out exactly what she could have felt. As a tender five-year-old boy, Steve Conroy watched his older brother Robert be abducted from the bedroom they shared. And just like Mary Katherine, Steve didn't tell. How could he? The man threatened to kill them both if he did. There was no way for Steve to know those first three hours are the most crucial in abduction cases. But unlike the Smart case where Elizabeth was returned to her family, Robert never came home.

Now thirty and a struggling lawyer, Steve Conroy has tried to get on with this life. But his Dad never did forgive him and eventually committed suicide. His mother died a few years later, and Steve's experiences in the foster care system certainly didn't help him heal. It was no surprise he eventually turned to drugs to rid himself of the guilt.

Those days are over, and Steve's determined to better himself and live life clean and sober. Except things never seem to go right for him. His wife's filed for divorce, and he can barely afford the rent of his shabby law office. Paying clients are few and far between.

Then a law student named Sienna shows up on his office doorstep.
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James Scott Bell presents us with a flawed hero who's doing his best to overcome the trauma of a childhood episode, a marriage in the last stages of dissolution, and an adult cocaine addiction while hanging on to his law practice with his fingertips. Just when we think things can't get worse for the protagonist, Bell tightens the screws. And in case you're one of those readers who like to guess what's going to happen...you'll be wrong, again and again. I found myself unable to put this one down, promising to turn out the light after "just one more chapter." Like the cocaine that keeps calling to the hero, this tale is addicting.
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You can depend on Bell throwing more curves at you than a major league pitcher. Steve Conroy, a gritty character battling addiction, seized my allegiance on page one. I continued turning page after page, wooed on by the story. Then Bell, a master at plotting, caught me totally off guard with a twist quickly followed by another. You'll never know the ending of a James Scott Bell novel until you get there.

A cinema on the pages of a book is the best description for The Whole Truth. Bell's artistry with words will hold you captive till the last page. I give this book a high recommendation.
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The Whole Truth is one of those novels that forces you to stay up later than you intended because you have to see what happens next. It's a delightful mixture of humor and suspense. You'll cheer for Steve Conroy as he attempts to outrun shadows of the past and make decisions that will affect his current and future life. Jim Bell did a great job creating characters we care about, and a story that keeps the pages turning.
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Steve Conroy, 30 years old, is the miserable lead character in James Scott Bell's new legal thriller, THE WHOLE TRUTH. Miserable, meaning his marriage is falling apart, he's a former drug addict, he's been evicted from his law office, and he has no money or clients. Steve's tragic adult life can be traced back to when he was five years old. One night, two strangers broke into his house and kidnapped his brother. Steve was too afraid to say anything until the morning. That event has haunted him every single day since then.

One day, a prisoner named Johnny LaSalle contacts Johnny and claims he is Robert, the brother that disappeared so many years ago. Steve knows it can't be possible because his brother was later found dead. However, Johnny knows things that only his brother would know. Then Johnny offers Steve a large amount of money to be his lawyer, and the lawyer to his religious group living at a mountain compound. The middle of the novel consists of Steve fighting to stay off drugs and trying to cope with the idea that Johnny could be his long lost brother. If Johnny is his brother, then Steve has to reconcile his sense of morality with Johnny and his friends' white-supremicist beliefs. Can Steve be the lawyer that the White Supremicist group wants him to be? Can he stay off drugs? Can he convice young law clerk Sienna Ciccone to take a chance and go out with him? Will ex-wife Ashley give him another chance?

In my opinion, this novel had a great beginning, a strong ending, and struggled in the middle, thus only 3 stars. Bell describes vividly the closeness Steve feels to Robert and how he idolizes his older brother. Then Robert is taken and Steve must live with the devestation that the kidnapping was somehow his own fault.
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