Blog Tour Review: Buying Time by Pamela Samuels Young

Posted 11 February, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

About the Book:
Buying Time is a scandalous tale of blackmail, murder and betrayal, evoking John Grisham with a dash of Terry McMillan.

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.

Soon, a determined federal prosecutor is hot on Waverly’s trail. But when the prosecutor’s own life begins to unravel, she finds herself on the run—with Waverly at her side

About the Author:
Corporate attorney Pamela Samuels Young has always abided by the philosophy that you create the change you want to see. Fed up with never seeing women or people of color depicted as savvy, hot shot attorneys in the legal thrillers she read, Pamela decided to create her own characters. Despite the demands of a busy legal career, Pamela accomplished her ambitious goal by rising at four in the morning to write before work, dedicating her weekends to writing and even spending her vacation time glued to her laptop for ten or more hours a day.

The Essence magazine bestselling author now has four fast-paced legal thrillers to show for her efforts: Every Reasonable Doubt (BET Books, February 2006), In Firm Pursuit (Harlequin, January 2007), Murder on the Down Low (Goldman House Publishing, September 2008) and Buying Time (Goldman House Publishing, November 2009). New York Times bestselling author Sheldon Siegel described Buying Time, Pamela’s first stand-alone novel, as a “deftly plotted thriller that combines the best of Lisa Scottoline and Robert Crais.”

Pamela has achieved a successful writing career while working as Managing Counsel for Labor and Employment Law for a large corporation in Southern California. Prior to that, she served as Employment Law Counsel for Raytheon Company and spent several years with the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP in Los Angeles. A former journalist, Pamela began her broadcasting career as a production assistant at WXYZ-TV in Detroit, where she was quickly promoted to news writer. To escape the chilly Detroit winters, she returned home to Los Angeles and worked at KCBS-TV as a news writer and associate producer.

Pamela has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from USC, a master’s degree in broadcasting from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and received her law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is the Fiction Expert for

Pamela is a frequent speaker on the topics of discrimination law, diversity, writing and pursuing your passion. She is married and lives in the Los Angeles area. To contact Pamela or to read an excerpt of her books, visit

My Review:
I wasn’t sure how I would like this book. I don’t really read “thriller” books, or mystery books. Those who know me or know my reviews, I am mainly into Christian fiction, historical fiction, and contemporary fiction. However, I must say that Pamela Samuels Young did an outstanding job with this thriller. If you like John Grisham, James Patterson and those type of authors, then Pamela Samuels Young’s Buying Time is right up your alley!

As I sat down and started reading about this attorney, who’s slowly going down hill in his career, I could easily see Waverly Sloan on an episode of NYPD Blue or some other crime show as a down-on-his-luck lawyer, or in a movie on the big screen. This is the type of book that would be as good on the big screen as it is holding it in front of you, turning page by page, waiting to see what happens next. I was truly on the edge of my seat with this book and found myself engaged in this legal thriller as if I was Waverly Sloan. Well done!

I give this book an over all rating of 4 stars. Definitely recommended for all those who enjoy crime/thriller/mystery novels. Pamela Samuels Young is an attorney who is quickly on her way to the top of the list with John Grisham and James Patterson!

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*A copy of this book was provided for review by Pump Up Your Book Promotions*



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