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Try Fear (Ty Buchanan #3)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  373 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
For Ty Buchanan, defending a suspected drunk driver named Carl Richess seems routine enough. But when his client ends up dead, an apparent suicide, there's nothing routine about it. Because the cops suspect it's murder, and arrest Eric Richess, Carl's brother, for the crime. Now Ty, at the desperate urging of Eric's mother, agrees to defend him. But it won't be easy. Becau ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 16th 2009 by Center Street (first published June 25th 2009)
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C.J. Darlington
Feb 16, 2015 C.J. Darlington rated it really liked it
There's always an element of risk when creating a series character as James Scott Bell has done in the Ty Buchanan books. If readers enjoy your hero they'll want him to come back for more. But modern fiction lovers also like protagonists who change and develop, even age, over time. The risk comes in finding balance. Grow your character too much and readers won't recognize him. Keep him the same and your main guy could become stagnant.

James Scott Bell has found that equilibrium in his third Ty Bu
Michael Sova
Jun 23, 2014 Michael Sova rated it it was amazing
A few months ago, I published a rather glowing review of Try Darkness by James Scott Bell. I categorized the book as "outstanding," and discussed my eagerness to read either the next or previous book in the series. Try Darkness, I didn't realize until I'd started, is the middle book in a trilogy, with Try Dying and Try Fear being the other two. I learned that attorney Ty Buchanan lost the love of his life and was subsequently charged with murder. He cleared his name but ended up a changed man, ...more
Beverly E. McWhirk
Three book series review

James Scott Bell is an amazing author. I read all of his stand-alone novels several years ago, enjoyed them and, when no more were available, I reluctantly moved on to other authors. Now I've rediscovered him in the form of the Ty Buchanan series and he's better than ever! The three books have a common thread that binds them but they could certainly be read independently. The characters are very well developed and I was surprised to find that I didn't need to refer to "x-
Keiki Hendrix
Jun 13, 2009 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't love a good whodunit?

In James Scott Bell's newest novel, "Try Fear" (Book three of the Ty Buchanan Series); the story begins with a visit to Santa and ends with the smooth jazz of Eric Marienthal. James Scott Bell is to Legal Suspense as Raymond Chandler is to Private Eye dramas.

You had better hold on to your hat though, this novel reads like a movie and you will find yourself waiting for a commercial break along the way, a fast paced legal thriller with memorable quick-wit dialogue
Mark Young
Feb 17, 2011 Mark Young rated it it was amazing
This is an interview I had with novelist James Scott Bell regarding this novel, his writing, and other books he has written, including books on writing. The interview was posted on February 1, 2010:

We’re privileged to kick off our first author interview here with well-known novelist James Scott Bell. He is a man of many talents—novelist, screenwriter, actor, attorney, teacher and … basketball star. Well, that last talent may be a bit overstated, but Jim is truly gifted. He continues to encourage
Janett Wawrzyniak
Jul 10, 2013 Janett Wawrzyniak rated it really liked it
Try Fear is about a series character in the Ty Buchanan books they are what James Scott Bell created. When readers enjoy your hero they want him to return. Fiction lovers like protagonists who change, develop and age, over time.
The Try books are narrated in first person and evolve in Ty’s perspective. They are crime classics, with modern settings and scenarios. Ty with his heels up on his desk, puffs on a cigar, sips strong coffee and tells the story in his irony style. There’s tenacity and ho
Dec 20, 2009 mark rated it it was ok
Shelves: men-s-fiction, crime
I picked this up because of the setting. My son lives in the locale of the novel, Hollywood. I liked this because of the trial scenes - I thought it realistic. I liked it because of the street scenes - accurate. (I just came back from there.) I liked it because it was suspenseful and surprising. I liked the ending. But, having just finished the 1st book in this serial account of the adventures of Ty Buchanan, I like it less. I'm beginning to recognize Ty as a truly fictional character - a daring ...more
Teena in Toronto
Jan 21, 2012 Teena in Toronto rated it it was ok
I had started reading this a couple months ago and then put it aside about halfway through and read some other books.

I like books with continuing characters ... this is the third in this series. I thought this had possibility but it was actually was kind of blah. Hence my ability to put it aside for a while (I never do that) but I was interested enough to pick it back up and finish it.

There are a few plots in this story, a main one being the murder of client Ty had defended on the DUI charge. Ju
Nancy Feyen
Dec 23, 2015 Nancy Feyen rated it really liked it
I wasn't going to read the third installment of the Ty Buchanon trilogy because number 2 was excessively preachy. But I did read it and must say I enjoyed it. I don't know if J S Bell lightened up on his right-wing hammering or if I just got used to it. I enjoyed this fast paced, funny story and the distinctive, engaging characters and felt satisfied by the ending.
May 30, 2015 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Best of the Trilogy

While I have again struggled with keeping up with all his characters, by far, this the final of James Scott Bell's three is my favorite. Ty deserved Mary! Real characters and lots of action-- a man's romance....
Michele Feliu
Jun 09, 2015 Michele Feliu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Try Fear is a warm and as action packed book

I loved the book. It is filled with heartfelt moments and court room drama. The action presented in this book is a plus. I would like to see another book about Ty Buchanan hope you change your mind and continue the series.
Nov 04, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it
Not quite as good as the first two in this series but still very good. A man is accused of DUI and then is killed--and his brother is accused of the murder.
George H Lancater
Great read

Easy to read. Hard to put down. I enjoyed the characters immensely and would love to have the series to continue.
Sep 08, 2015 Zak rated it really liked it
again very well written and it's much better than the 1st book of this Ty Buchanan's sequel...
Heather Beasley
Jul 09, 2014 Heather Beasley rated it it was amazing
I love all the books with Ty in them. Read a good mystery!!!
Jan 22, 2011 Carrie rated it really liked it
I love books by James Scott Bell, this book was good. The plot was interesting, I did not figure it out before hand - which is a good thing. The book is about a lawyer, who as left a successful practice to help thos truly in need. He ends up defending a man charged with murder. He believes he is innocent and when he tries to clear the mans name he runs across corruption in the city goverment and a friend of his ends up hurt. The ending will suprise you. While I did like this book, he has several ...more
Ronald Roy Whaley
Great trilogy!

Great characters, story line and pace. The 3 books should be read in order as it is one long story.
Sep 16, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book, a great third edition to what I hope will be a still-longer series; I'm certainly not willing to say goodbye to Ty and his investigator let alone Pick McNitt and Father Bob just yet. In this work, Bell manages to give us everything we're looking for and have come to expect from the beloved, familiar characters plus a whole host of fascinating, unpredictable new faces. Add to that a new mystery to solve and sprinkle it throughout with great quotations of ancient wisdom, ...more
Molly Greene
Apr 10, 2016 Molly Greene rated it it was amazing
Love this series, only wish there were more!
Bonnie Ainsworth
Mar 15, 2016 Bonnie Ainsworth rated it it was amazing
This series was definitely full of mystery, and it sure left me hanging. Not sure if the author intended to have the main character find the Lord or what, but it left me feeling like it was unfinished somehow. Still, I really enjoyed the series of books. Thanks to James Scott Bell for some great reads!
Pamela Small
Aug 01, 2013 Pamela Small rated it really liked it this series! Ty Buchannan is an enigmatic protagonist along with Sister Mary. He is a lawyer for the lowly - and gets into the rough grit of LA. Very thrilling suspense! Great plot, endearing, developed characters, captivating imagery - super!
May 06, 2010 Reepacheep rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, and was very sad to finish it because I will miss following Tyler and Sister Mary on their adventures.

Great story, great characters.
Jul 22, 2012 Graham rated it it was amazing
the true definition of a page turner. loved the LA vibe. would make a great tv series character.
Pamela Trawick
Well done. Great legal arguments. Unexpected parts. Love the characters. Way to go, Jim!
Oct 20, 2009 Marcia rated it really liked it
Great Christian legal thriller. James Scott Bell is not preachy, just good reading!
Jul 23, 2009 Janet rated it it was amazing
Great, suspensful read! Third in a series about an L.A. laywer.
Bruce Fieggen
May 01, 2013 Bruce Fieggen rated it liked it
Not really my style but I like the author
Jun 19, 2012 Joan rated it really liked it
I love a good legal mystery. . .
Sharon Gillespie
2nd in Tyler Buchannan series.
pat macclearn
pat macclearn rated it it was amazing
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Jim is a former trial lawyer who now writes and speaks full time. He is the bestselling author of Try Dying, No Legal Grounds, Presumed Guilty, Glimpses of Paradise, Breach of Promise and several other thrillers. He is a winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Inspirational Fiction, and was a fiction columnist for Writers Digest magazine. He has written two books in the Writers' Digest serie ...more
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