Larry D. Thompson, Author Novels Legal Thrillers
Larry D. Thompson
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Jackson Bryant, the millionaire plaintiff lawyer who turned to pro bono work in Dead Peasants, is caught up in the collision of money and politics when he receives a call from his old army buddy, Walt Frazier. Walt needs his assistance in evaluating security for Texas Governor Rob Lardner at a Halloween costume fundraiser thrown by one of the nation’s richest Republican billionaires at his mansion in Fort Worth.
Miriam Van Zandt is the best marksman among The Alamo Defenders, an anti-government militia group in West Texas. She attends the fund raiser dressed as a cat burglar---wounds the governor and murders the host’s brother, another Republican billionaire. She is shot in the leg but manages to escape.
Jack is appointed special prosecutor and must call on the Texas DPS SWAT team to track Van Zandt and attack the Alamo Defenders’ compound in a lonely part of West Texas. Van Zandt’s father, founder of the Defenders, is killed in the attack and Miriam is left in a coma. The authorities declare victory and close the case---but Jack knows better. The person behind the Halloween massacre has yet to be caught. When Walt and the protective detail are sued by the fund raiser host and the widow of the dead man, Jack follows the dark money of political contributions from the Cayman Islands to Washington to Eastern Europe, New York and New Orleans to track the real killer and absolve his friend and the Protective Detail of responsibility for the massacre.
DARK MONEY is a thriller, a mystery and an expose’ of the corruption of money in politics caused by the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United.
In my 84 years, I have been: A reporter covering courthouses, Investigator for celebrity lawyers Melvin Belli & Johnny Cochran, Branch Chief of a federal agency regulating five state personnel systems and the Texas Executive Assistant Attorney General. In those roles, I thought I had seen every corrupt scheme involving how big money subverts electoral processes.
Au Contraire; In comparison, Larry Thompson’s Dark Money makes everything I knew look like penny ante poker or playing marbles for keeps since the U. S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United.
It does so in a remarkable page-turning thriller that is hard to lay aside until tomorrow. Anyone interested in politics or how our legal system operates should read it.
I look forward to seeing the movie or reading Thompson’s next book in the Jackson Bryant series.
Hal Monk, Bedford, Texas
He is really so talented; his courtroom scenes are always the most passionate. The way he tackles little-known issues with far-reaching impact reminds me so much of Robert Ludlum--one of my all-time favorite authors--and Dark Money's implementation of political intrigue is very much in the genre of James Clavell. The court-room suspense surpasses Grisham's, making it the logical medium from which the story is told and secrets revealed.
Laura Kelley Herz, Reviewer
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