No Legal Grounds  -     By: James Scott Bell
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No Legal Grounds

Zondervan / 2007 / Paperback

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How far will a man go to protect his family? Attorney Sam Trask will go farther than he ever dreamed, even in his worst nightmare. Because his worst nightmare is about to come true.At age forty-seven, attorney Sam Trask finally seems to have his life in order. The dark years of too much drinking and all-consuming ambition have given way to Christian faith. His marriage is strong again. Everything seems finally on the right track. Then a voice from the past comes back to say hello.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310269024
ISBN-13: 9780310269021
UPC: 025986269029
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How far will a man go to protect his family? Attorney Sam Trask will go farther than he ever dreamed, even in his worst nightmare. Because his worst nightmare is about to come true… At age forty-seven, attorney Sam Trask finally seems to have his life in order. The dark years of too much drinking and all-consuming ambition have given way to Christian faith. His marriage is strong again. Everything seems finally on the right track. Then a voice from the past comes back to say hello. Suddenly Sam faces a danger more real than he ever imagined—danger from someone who will not rest until Sam’s life comes crashing down around him. Desperate, Sam seeks protection from the law he’s served all his life. But when the threats are turned on his family, and the law seems powerless to protect them, Sam must consider a choice that strikes at the heart of his life and faith—whether to take the law into his own hands.

Author Bio

James Scott Bell, a former trial lawyer, is the bestselling author of Try Dying, The Whole Truth, No Legal Grounds, Deadlock, and Sins of the Fathers. A winner of the Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Cindy. Visit his website at www.jamescottbell.com.

Publisher's Weekly

Bell, a former trial lawyer and Christy Award-winner (Final Witness), offers a disappointing faith suspense story that illustrates this genre's recent preoccupation with sexual violence against women. Attorney Sam Trask has his hands full with his rebellious 17-year-old daughter, Heather, the lead singer of Screech Monk. Nicky Oberlin, a shadowy figure from Sam's college past, shows up unexpectedly, and for reasons that are inexplicable until the closing pages, stalks Sam and his family. More troubles pile up: a dog is poisoned, credit cards are mysteriously maxed out, Sam's law practice suffers, a rattlesnake attacks and a child from out of wedlock is revealed (a stock plot element in Christian fiction). One of the nastiest turns in the novel involves the sociopathic Nicky's kidnapping and sexual victimization of Sam's daughter ("I may have to spank little Heather") and the suggestion that Sam must have sex with a prostitute to get his daughter back. One scene has Sam beating Nicky with the skull of Nicky's dead father. Awkward prose is scattered throughout (e.g., "the lights of the city illuminating the night sky like forbidden candy"), and Bell relies upon heavy back-to-back dialogue to move the plot along. Readers will want to skip this one. Copyright 2007 Publishers Weekly.

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  1. Morganfield, KY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    March 28, 2009
    Doris Wright
    Morganfield, KY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    I liked this book. But, I was confused. When Nicky Oberlin assumed the identity of Charles Lunquist, how did Sam not recognize who he was at the club where he went to hear his daughter sing? If that was the real Lunquist, when Heather left town with him and it was actually Oberlin, how did she not recognize that it was a different person? Very confusing. Otherwise, it was a good book.
  2. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    September 17, 2008
    Christine Howard
    From beginning to end No Legal Ground offers little to reccomend it. There is no positive take away value. I'm suprised a book with this much violence and sex is marketed in the Christian publishing venue. Individuals wanting cheap thrills will certainly find them on the covers of this work. Bell has turned a corner from true Christian writing and it's too bad.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 1, 2007
    Susan Sleeman
    James Scott Bell is a master storyteller. He finds a great balance between characterization and plot that keeps the reader caring about his characters while unable to put down the book from the pace of his stories. No Legal Grounds follows this well-balanced formula and is guaranteed to keep you up until you finish it.In this legal thriller, Attorney Sam Trask finds himself and his family victimized by an old college acquaintance Nicky Oberlin. At first, Nickys desire to reconnect with Trask seems innocent enough but soon places Trask in a fight for life. When Trask and his familys lives are threatened, he follows the legal route trying to protect his family. When this fails, Trask toys with taking protection into his own hands. In his struggle, we can see how easy it might be to follow the wrong path and become a vigilante. Especially when Bell paints a picture of complete failure and despair in Trasks life. The book also follows the rebellion of Trasks teenage daughter, Heather. She leaves home to find her way in the music business, succumbing to many temptations that would keep her parents awake at night if they knew what she was up to. The dynamics between Trask, his wife, and daughter are very realistically portrayed and give insight on how difficult it is to raise a teenager today. Through all of this, Trask questions his faith while Heather begins to find her way to faith. I have read many of Bells books and have never been disappointed in any of them. As a writer, he gives me concrete examples of how to craft a novel. His characters always resonate with me, in that he creates ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations, giving me the chance to take this journey with them and ponder what I would do in their shoes without the pain in my own life.
  4. Rochester, MN
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 4, 2007
    Elaine Gittus
    Rochester, MN
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    This one is a spellbinder. I could hardly put the book down to go to bed at night. A good lesson that we are never far away from the devil and his cohorts, and our greatest hope is in the Lord and his power! A must for those who love mysteries!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 19, 2007
    Sharon K. Souza
    James Scott Bell has done it again. He's created another legal thriller, with well-defined characters and action that doesn't let up from the very first page. He delivered one of the best "Whoa!" twists I've read in any form of fiction in a long time. I'm never disappointed when his name is on the cover!
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