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Presumed Guilty by James Scott Bell
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Jan 09, 2011

it was amazing
Read in December, 2010

James Scott Bell is one of the most talented Christian writers I've encountered. Having had the opportunity to share supper at his table at a writer's conference, I got a good chance to discover how funny the guy is. This book does not display that though. This is a serious story with serious implications. Donald Maass in his industry standard "how to" book, Writing the Breakout Novel boldly suggests that the higher the stakes in the story, the higher the interest level. The stakes are high in this novel. A pastor's wife find herself caught in the middle of a deviled egg sandwich. Her husband, a crusader against pornography, finds himself in jail for the murder of a lovely adult movie star. Meanwhile her son, who has deserted the faith of his youth, aided by trauma suffered while serving in the army, is on a downward spiral toward suicide. Though Bell's sense of humor might not be evident here, his experience as a lawyer is certainly a big factor here as Dallas Hamilton and her family have to deal with police, lawyers, and judges. Dallas is a heroine that will etch herself into your heart and memory bank. A good read from a great author.
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