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Celebrating the Launch of Dead Peasants

Larry D. Thompson

No thriller writer alive knows the courtroom any better than trial lawyer-turned-novelist Larry D. Thompson.  He stakes out the gray area between morality and the law, cranks up the tension and delivers a powerful story with compelling characters…When the gavel sounds in Thompson’s courtroom, the reader snaps to attention.
Paul Levine, Best Selling Author

Welcome, Dear Reader, to my website, a place where I intend to tell you a little about myself, dialogue with you about my books and any other topics of interest, educate and inform you and, hopefully, entice you into going to your nearest book store and buying one or more of my novels. Oh, and I’ll try to make you smile from time to time.

This is yet another exciting time for me.  My third legal thriller, Dead Peasants, will be published by Thomas Dunne Books and St. Martin’s Press on October 2, 2012.  My last novel The Trial is still available in hard cover and ebook.  Sales have been great.  The pre-order sales of Dead Peasants on Amazon and Barnes and Noble have caused the discounted price to go up.  Reserve yours now before the prices go up again!

CLICK FOR MORE About Dead Peasants: Lawyer Jack Bryant retires early to Fort Worth to kick back, relax and watch his son play football at TCU. Bored with retirement he opens a pro bono office in his RV. When Jack finds an elderly widow at his doorstep, clutching a check for life insurance proceeds on her husband but payable to his former employer, Jack files a civil suit to collect the benefits rightfully due the widow. A seemingly accidental death of his client’s husband thrusts Jack into a vortex of serial killings. He and his new love interest find themselves targets in the same murder for hire scheme. To stop the killings Jack must unravel what in their past makes certain people worth more dead than alive.

The ARC’s have been out for review for several weeks and these are some of the reviews coming in:

  • AP and Fort Worth journalist Mike Cochran, author of “Texas vs. Davis” (and if you want) and recent biographies of Midland wildcatter Clayton Williams Jr. and Las Vegas gambler Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson. (Those two are titled “Claytie” and “The Godfather of Poker.”)

“Set in Fort Worth and skipping murderously across Texas, Houston attorney Larry Thompson has whipped out another legal thriller that will propel readers on a riveting ride in, out and around Cowtown–where the author grew up. Coming on the heels of his widely-acclaimed “The Trial,” Thompson’s chilling “Dead Peasants” features retired lawyer Jack Bryant, his beautiful but mysterious love interest Colby Stripling, a remorseless killer, a couple of ruthless but financially distressed multi-millionaires and a wisened but exhuberant district attorney named Joe Sherrod–among others. It all adds up to another masterpiece with more twists than a caldron of Lone Star rattlesnakes. “

  • Joe Shannon, Tarrant County District Attorney in Ft. Worth, Texas just previewed Dead Peasants. DP is set in Ft. Worth. (or is that Sherrod?)

“I am in the Smokey Mountains just east of Knoxville. I took the book with me on a family vacation. I just finished it. I could hardly put it down. Excellent job.”

  • This Review from Larry Harrison Movie reviewer – sign up for his email movies reviews – I don’t go to a movie without reading his review!

“Congratulations, Larry. It is an excellent novel and you have a shot at greatness with this one; this was big-time writing and you are ready for the big-time. I thought about you often while reading “Dead Peasants” knowing that all your skills and experience as a veteran trial lawyer were being laid out for all to see. Well done!”

“Jack and Colby will win you over…Thompson has shown his ability to tell an intriguing, suspenseful story, and you will enjoy this tall tale of a Texas trial lawyer.” 

“The newest Jack Bryant saga; will we hear from this legendary lawyer again?”

Good Luck, Larry

  • Book Reviewer Dellani Oakes

“Dead Peasants” is a well paced legal thriller that kept this reader on the edge of her seat. I couldn’t put it down. There’s just enough courtroom drama to satisfy the legal types, and all of it is authentic – the author, Larry D. Thompson, is a lawyer. For the more ghoulish, there’s plenty of murder and mystery to keep you entertained. Jack, Colby and J.D. keep finding and putting the pieces together, but it isn’t until the end that the final piece clicks into place.

The characters in “Dead Peasants” are fully rounded and authentic. The plot moves well and the villain is purely villainous. I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery.

5 Golden Acorns

  •  Fran Lewis with BlogTalk Radio:  I will be on her show for an hour on October 18, 2012.

“Once again Larry D. Thompson has penned a five star novel that far surpasses other legal/mystery thrillers. Jack Bryant is a solid character who with the help of our esteemed author will enlighten readers as to why you need to be careful when working for any company: Dead Peasant Polices: You don’t want one taken out on your life!

Dead Peasants is a legal/ murder thriller that will keep you on edge from start to finish until you come to the surprise and shocking conclusion.”

5 Stars