Monday, April 26, 2010

Buying Time by Pamela Samuels Young

November 1st 2009 by Goldman House Publishing
Paperback, 370 pages
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Waverly Shaw is a down-on-his-luck lawyer who stumbles upon a potentially lucrative business just when he's about to hit rock bottom. In his new line of work as a viatical broker, Waverly comes to the rescue of people in desperate need of cash. There's a catch, however, his clients must be terminally ill and willing to sign over rights to their life insurance policies before they receive a dime. Waverly then finds investors 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 Lawrence Erickson, who's bucking to become the next U.S. Attorney General, hires Waverly to broker the insurance policy of his cancer-stricken wife. But Waverly's clients start dying sooner than they should, and Erickson—who has some skeletons of his own to hide—is unwittingly drawn into a perilous web of greed, blackmail, and murder. With two determined federal prosecutors hot on his trail, Waverly is on the run, and this time he might need some life insurance.---Goodreads

I usually wouldn’t pick up this type of book because I’m a romance junkie and this is labeled as a legal thriller but I was glad I got the email from Pump Up Your Book to review it because I really enjoyed it. This book has a good balance of romance, mystery and suspense throughout the whole book. As the story went on I found myself glues to the book wanting to know what was going to happen next ASAP.



The story is about the U.S Attorney’s investigation into an insurance scam and how the characters are all connected to each other. The cast of characters were well rounded and I could get a good picture in my mind of what kind of people they are. The story starts out with Waverly. He is a recently disbarred lawyer turned insurance broker for a company called Live Now. Angela, is an assistant US Attorney heading up the investigation of Live Now. Cornell is Angela’s overbearing fiancĂ©. Erickson is an attorney in a very prominent law firm who is now in the running to be the next US Attorney General. Claire is Erickson’s wife and she is dying of cancer and is convinced by Erickson to purchase a Live Now policy. Oh, and she also knows Erickson’s big dark secrets and holds the evidence. Becker is Erickson’s right hand man until things start taking a turn for the worst and devastating secrets come to surface about Erickson. Now let’s not forget about Dre. He is Angela’s love interest when things are just not working out between Angela and Cornell. I have to say I was looking forward to reading more about Angle and Dre’s relationship. I hope Pamela write another book with them in it. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it. This is a great group of characters and I enjoyed getting to know most of them. I loved reading about Angela and Dre and found myself disgusted with Erickson and Cornell.


Over all it was a good book with great suspense and mystery to kept me wanting more. Like I said before this book has really good balance with keeping you in the mix but not too much to confuse you.

Quote:
"It's important to keep your feet on the ground. No matter how good life gets or how screwed up things are, you have to stay anchored. Otherwise, circumstances can beat you down."
Sex-o-meter: There are a couple of steamy scenes but not too detailed.
Drug-o-meter:  There is drug dealings and detailed "How To" make drugs.

I received this book for review from Pamela Samuels Young and Pump Up Your Book.

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