Friday, February 08, 2008

James Scott Bell's The Whole Truth ~ Reviewed

The Whole Truth
By James Scott Bell
Published by Zondervan, Feb 2008
ISBN-10: 0-310-26903-2


Lawyer Steve Conroy has one last chance to overcome the past that has haunted him for twenty-five years. But he'll learn that the present can be darker than any nightmare he's ever had.

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 a convicted criminal, Johnny LaSalle, who has ties to a notorious family. And some information that threatens to blow Steve's world apart.

Desperate for his final shot at professional success, 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.


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.

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan

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