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The Whole Truth Paperback – January 27, 2008
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
James Scott Bell has done it again with a very well written tale of intrigue and suspense.Published 2 months ago by El Guapo
As always, a page tuner that's hard to put down! The first chapter, you're hooked... and before you know it, hours have sped by!Published 7 months ago by cmrs
Very glad this book didn't cost much, as I had no interest in reading past the first thirty or so pages, and that was hardly worth the effort.Published 12 months ago by Maggie May
Legal complexities, a little mystery, an unlikely hero and a lesson in the solace of true faith, what more does a person want? Oh yeah, a good story. Well, that's here , too. Read morePublished 12 months ago by G. Schmitz