No Legal Grounds

No Legal Grounds

by James Scott Bell

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310540540
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 05/26/2009
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 211,604
File size: 978 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

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No Legal Grounds 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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An innocent email, an old college buddy, stirred up with enough malice of intent, churns a man's life into a Stage 5 hurricane and more. Just how far will a man go to protect his life, family, job and his faith? James Scott Bell's NO LEGAL GROUNDS brings this chilling concept to life and challenges the reader to put yourself in Sam's place. This novel guarantees to suck you into an indescribable emotional bombardment that will defy you to leave your chair until the very last page. Grippingly entertaining reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An innocent email, an old college buddy,enough malice of intent to turn a man's life into a stage 5 hurricane and more. Just how far will a man go to protect his life,family,job and his faith? James Scott Bell's NO LEGAL GROUNDS brings this chilling concept to life and challenges the reader, to put yourself in Sam's place. This novel guarantees to suck you into the heart of an indescribable emotional bombardment that will defy you to leave your chair right up until the very last page. Grippingly entertaining reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Scott Bell has penned another thriller with heart. Sam Trask, a dutiful family man and lawyer, faces the not-so-uncommon problems of a teenage daughter spiraling out of control and balancing family life with his demanding job. A random email from a forgotten college buddy signals the start of a fast-paced descent into a family nightmare he can't escape. The reader is pushed to the edge along with Sam as he considers how far he'll go to protect his family when the law is unable and unwilling. With some unforeseen twists, this story grips you to the last page. A masterful storyteller, Bell has written another story packed with suspense. His characters ring true, especially his depiction of Sam's teenage daughter's world. WARNING: Will keep you turning pages into the wee hours!
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Scott Bell does a masterful job of building the suspense and making me have to read on and on. If my lights are still on after midnight, you'll know I'm deep into this great novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Get ready for more sleepless nights. James Scott Bell's No Legal Grounds is a page-turner you just can't put down. Like the screws on a torture rack, he slowly twists the plot from scene to scene until the reader and protagonist doubt there is any hope of escape. This legal thriller opens with an innocuous e-mail to LA-attorney Sam Trask. He dismisses it with a delete button. And slowly, painfully, Trask's world begins to fall apart. This riveting thriller challenges Trask's view of right and wrong of good versus evil. He must learn to survive in a world where all the rules have changed where the law he's sworn to uphold conflicts with the need to protect his family. Sam Trask finds himself truly standing with No Legal Grounds. Just how far will he go? James Scott Bell's skill as a writer, coupled with experience as a trial lawyer, makes this novel a provocative, fast-paced thriller which is sure to please. I highly recommend No Legal Grounds as a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sam Trask has enough problems with his law practice and his family. Then a figure from his past, a man he doesn't even recall, begins a systematic war against Sam and his family--a war that progresses from psychological to physical. Every time I thought that the tension couldn't be ratcheted up, Bell managed to make my pulse rate go even higher. This book is a classic example that the genre of Christian suspense fiction isn't all sweetness and light--sometimes, as in this case, it deals with the dark things that can happen, things we don't think about because the prospect frightens us too much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is no secret I am a fan of James Scott Bell. As a former trial lawyer, he has written some of the best legal-suspense stories I have ever read. He tackles controversial subjects, and is not afraid to pull and peel at them until nothing but truth is left exposed. More than that, he knows how to begin a book in the thick of it. You know what `it¿ is. Action. Tension. He doesn¿t fill page after page with fluff. He focuses his writing so that his output is nothing but non-stop, fast-paced, page-turning product. What more can a reader want? His latest legal thriller, No Legal Grounds, is the most compelling, fingernail-biting thriller to-date. In the vein of Cape Fear, by John D. MacDonald (novel form, or either big-screen adaptation), attorney Sam Trask is in the midst of living life, making mistakes but working toward contentment. His law firm is about to get bogged down in a giant legal battle that, depending on the outcome, could make him and his partner extremely rich. In order to dedicate the time needed, both attorneys are forced to quickly settle all other cases on their plates, regardless of whether settlement is right or wrong. There is also tension on the home front. Sam and his wife, Linda, have two children. The youngest, Max is everything a twelve-year-old boy should be. He does well in school, plays Little League baseball, and loves playing with his dog. Their daughter, on the other hand, is everything a teenager should be¿and that has Sam and Linda going out of their mind, fearing that if things continue on the course they are on, they might lose their little girl forever. Just when it seems like life really can¿t get too much worse, a guy Sam once casually knew back in college, Nicky Oberlin, contacts him. Though the initial attempts to re-live the good old days are annoying at first, it becomes quickly-clear that Nicky has some sick agenda revolving around secrets from Sam¿s past and is set on not only disrupting the ebb and flow of Sam¿s life, but on destroying the man and his family all together. Nicky¿s presentation is friendly, and cordial on the surface, but his intent and antics are hostile and dangerous underneath. The only problem, Nicky knows not to break any laws. Nicky knows how to push Sam¿s buttons. Nicky knows how to make himself look like a victim. Each frustrating step Sam takes to protect himself and his family gets Sam deeper and deeper into trouble with his firm, with his family and with the law. As Nicky becomes a physical threat against Sam and his family, Sam is forced to choose a way in which to deal with Nicky. There needs to be an actual end to the reign of terror Nicky created, but at what cost? At what point is too far? Is it possible Nicky can win his `game¿ by pushing Sam to the point of no return? Amazingly well drawn characters. The secondary storylines are just as compelling as the main storyline. Bell uses plenty of dialogue to keep the pace of the story at break-neck speed. Though a bit more violent and intense than any of his previous works, this novel has something for anyone who enjoys suspense thrillers. If you are a James Scott Bell fan, or if you have never read a James Scott Bell novel, No Legal Grounds is one you won¿t want to miss! --Phillip Tomasso III
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jim Bell has long been one of my favorite writers. With No Legal Grounds, he outdoes himself with a glimpse inside what could happen if a sociopath used the law against the lawyer while drawing ever closer to stepping over the line into murder. I couldn't put it down! Bell has a way of putting me right in the story and letting me LIVE it through his characters. Get this book. You'll want to read his others too after immersing yourself in this one.