June 8, 2010

Review of "Buying Time" by Pamela Samuels Young

Synopsis:  Waverly Sloan is a down-on-his-luck lawyer. But just when he's about to hit rock bottom, he stumbles upon a business with the potential to solve all of his problems.

In Waverly's new line of work, he comes to the aid of people in desperate need of cash. But there's a catch. His clients must be terminally ill and willing to sign over rights to their life insurance policies before they can collect a dime. Waverly then finds investors eager to advance them thousands of dollars—including a hefty broker's fee for himself—in exchange for a significant return on their investment once the clients take their last breath.

The stakes get higher when Waverly brokers the policy of the cancer-stricken wife of Lawrence Erickson, a high-powered lawyer who's bucking to become the next U.S. Attorney General. When Waverly's clients start dying sooner than they should, both Waverly and Erickson—who has some skeletons of his own to hide—are unwittingly drawn into a perilous web of greed, blackmail and murder.  (from Amazon)

With one deft move, and a fantastic book, Pamela Samuels Young has snuck onto my favorite authors list.  Impossible, you say?  Pick up a copy of Buying Time and then I defy you to not be thrilled by this roller coaster ride of law, greed and murder.

One of my favorite genres has long been legal themed books, particularly those with a mystery and thriller aspect to them.  I suppose it's no surprise, given that my day job involves the law, but I eat these books up and can be particularly harsh on them given that I have more than the general layperson's knowledge about the system. 

Buying Time did not disappoint in the slightest.  From the first pages the reader is quickly drawn into the intertwined stories of a soon to be disbarred attorney with a materialistic wife, a federal prosecutor reluctantly engaged to a willful judge, a drug dealer on the road to rehabilitation and a powerful attorney with sights on becoming U.S. Attorney General with a dying wife and a deep secret.  At the root of the individual stories is the viatical insurance business, a deadly connection.

This was my first book by Ms. Samuels Young and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style.  The book is peppered with legal references but without being preachy or educational, those references are kept interesting and are not textbook dry in the least.  Each chapter was relatively short, most around five pages, and kept the story moving quickly and the pace at sometimes breakneck speed.  The characters were real and easily identifiable, even if they sometimes were not likable.  And their actions were realistic ones, not ones made simply for plot purposes, a huge gripe of mine.  Most importantly, the story was a terrific one, with a few twists thrown here and there and no loose ends left hanging at the end.

Buying Time was a book I simply could not put down and I guarantee you won't be able to either.  It's a book that will leave you anxiously flipping pages long into the night.

I will anxiously await the next book by Pamela Samuels Young and I hope that a Hollywood producer or executive is smart enough to pick up this book and option it for a movie.

While Buying Time does deal with corruption and murder, there is not an excessive amount of violence.  There is some slight language and sexual situations but only the most sensitive reader to those situations may find objection.

I would highly recommend Buying Time without reservation to any reader looking for a captivating mystery/thriller - - you will not be disappointed.

Buying Time is available for purchase at major booksellers, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

For more information about Buying Time and author Pamela Samuels Young, please visit Ms. Samuels Young's webpage. 

Buying Time counts toward my progress in the Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge.

Review copy of this book provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. In no way did the provision of the book affect the outcome of my review.


toothybooks said...

after reading the synopsis of the book i was hooked, but i wanted to wait out and see some reviews first. after your review i'm definitely adding it to my wish list now. i love laywer type mysteries too so this book sounds like it's right up my alley.

it's funny you mention hollywood because when i read the summary i thought the exact same thing!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Awesome review!

Lori Johnston said...

toothy, I would definitely add this book to my wish list. I really didn't want to put it down, it was that good. And regarding the Hollywood connection, great minds think alike!

Thanks, Ms. Juju! I think when a book is really well written with a fantastic story, a good review pretty much writes itself. :)

lisa (the little reader) said...

i just finished this book today and i agree that it was excellent. murder mystery/thrillers aren't usually my favored genre, but i couldn't put it down once i started.

great review!