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Final Witness [Paperback]

James Scott Bell
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Feb. 15 1999
A cold-blooded killer is destroying all who oppose him. Will there be a final witness to the truth? Young, idealistic law clerk Rachel Ybarra has just been handed a career-making opportunity--helping in the prosecution of an infamous leader of the Russian Mafia. But when the star witness turns up dead, Rachel discovers the case is not merely a battle for the truth--it's a battle for her life. The Legal Thriller That Won The First Christy Award for Suspense! "In this fast-paced story of good vs. evil, Bell expertly creates a believable picture of federal law-enforcement activities. But it's the more immediate struggle between Rachel and an absolutely chilling villain that will have readers biting their nails until the very end." - CBA Marketplace
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James Scott Bell is the #1 bestselling author of Plot & Structure, and an award-winning thriller writer. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor ending to an otherwise very good read.... May 7 2003
This book was fast-paced and difficult to put down. Parts were quite predictable such as the romantic involvement of two characters. It's a typical beautiful girl gets nice guy scenerio. They fall for each other too quickly and you're not sure who's pursuing whom.
Wouldn't you like a story once in awhile where the main character gets killed? Does the main character always have to be a hero?
The main plot involves the Russian Mafia. Mafia-type stories are not my type of read, however, I've read one of Mr. Bell's books previously and that was really enjoyable so I gave this one a try.
In this one, you'll see that the government can't always be trusted. It's too bad too, that the legal system isn't really righteous, although this book portrays it the way it is. The criminal is so often portrayed as the victim, and they are often victorious! It really depends on the judge, jury, circumstances, witnesses and your lawyer. Evidence is quite often dismissed.
Anyway, yes, it is worth the read. Just expect the expected in places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christian Legal Thriller I've Read April 3 2001
This book takes you on a ride. Strap yourself in and wait for the Final Witness to appear.
James Scott Bell does many of the things that Grisham does so well: tight plotting, believable motivations, crackling dialogue. Like "The Great Divide," by T. Davis Bunn, Bell reaches for the top rungs of legal thrillerdom and succeeds. The narrative is leaner and less colorful than Bunn's, but this only allows it to race faster.
While working in some valid Christian themes, often based on legal examples, "Final Witness" tells the compelling story of Rachel Ybarra, a young paralegal working on a case against the Russian mob. The details of the courtroom seem well-researched, and the struggles that Rachel goes through--with her alcoholic father, her boss, her FBI friends, and particularly her nemesis "The Man"--move credibly to a very satisfying end with a few surprises along the way.
Bell's other books are going to the top of my wish list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Minor miracle April 27 1999
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Final Witness is a 'minor' miracle of tight plotting, compelling characterization, and crisp dialogue. Law student/intern Rachel Ybarra becomes embroiled in a thick intrigue involving the Russian Mafia, set in Bell's familiar southern California. These complexities provide plot enough for a we-know-he-done-it-but-will-he-get-away-with-it? suspense yarn. But Bell provides a rich subplot, the role Ybarra's Christian faith plays in the secular setting of courts, cops, and federal agents. Bell handles all these elements without playing a single false note. Read his novel for the fun of it, and then read it again to learn from a fine craftsman at work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Technicolor Plus Jan. 15 2000
I'm not usually a fan of legal dramas, but then I'd never read James Scott Bell before. This striking, well-written novel will keep you turning pages well after lights out! Set in L.A., Final Witness deals with the Russian mafia, a subject I'd never read about before. Fascinating detail, well-rounded characters and colorful description are obvious trademarks of this author. But it is his fabulous dialogue that elevates this fast paced novel to a higher level of fiction writing. Should most definitely be a movie! You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Move over John Grisham! Sept. 10 1999
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Couldn't put it down. Every time I tried to, Bell would end a chapter with a cliffhanger where I would have to read on...and on... This book went beyond the court-room thriller (though it does that extremely well). It delved into the motives behind the characters, their moral dilemmas,and the common theme among all people--their search for purpose. Great dialogue, visual scenes...this would make a great movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best novel I've read in a long time! April 18 1999
By A Customer
This book had me hooked from the first sentence. It was a great read and I'm looking forward to Mr. Bell's next book! This guy knows how to keep his readers in suspense while writing well (excellent dialogue for example), and I learned more about the legal system without feeling like factual data was being crammed down my throat. I'd definitely recommend!
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