THE BOOKS

 

First, all of my books to date are intended to be thrillers, most involve lawyers and trials. I want the reader to be eager to turn the page to see what happens next, right up to the very last word. However, there’s another theme: Each of them has an underlying message that will, hopefully, leave the reader with a little more knowledge and a whole lot of questions. For example, DARK MONEY explores the corruption of big money in politics, and The Insanity Plea exposes the tragedy of mental illness in this country. So, read my stories as the thrillers they are, but think about what you learned when you finish. 

White Witch

 When a ruthless American aluminum company plans to strip mine the Jamaican rainforest, they send former Navy SEAL Will Taylor to Montego Bay to deal with local resistance. But he’s unaware that the British had signed a treaty deeding it to the Jamaican Maroons, descendants of escaped slaves, over 300 years ago. The Maroons fought and died for their land then, and are willing to do so now. Upon Will’s arrival, a series of inexplicable murders begin, some carried out with deadly snake daggers that were owned and used by Annie Palmer, a voodoo priestess better known as the White Witch.

Dark Money

Jack Bryant, a millionaire plaintiff lawyer, 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.

 

When an assassin attends the fundraiser dressed as a cat burglar, she wounds the governor, and murders the host’s brother.  Jack is appointed special prosecutor and must track down the killer and those who paid her before they do it again.

The Trial

A small town attorney is forced to battle a giant drug company in an attempt to save his daughter's life. She had volunteered for a clinical trial of a drug that both the company and the FDA knew was dangerous. When his daughter's liver starts to fail, and he realizes a liver transplant is out of the question, he decides to fight the drug company on the playing field he knows best…the courtroom. Discovering what was hidden from the public, he finds himself faced with a ruthless adversary willing to commit bribery, kidnapping and murder to keep the drug on the market.

The Insanity Plea

A young nurse is savagely killed on Galveston’s seawall. The murderer slices her running shorts from her body as his trophy and tosses her over the wall to the rocks below. As dawn breaks, a bedraggled street person emerges from the end of the jetty, waving his arms and talking to people only he hears. He takes a diamond bracelet from the body and hurries away.

 

Wayne Little, a Houston trial lawyer, learns that his older brother, the street person, has been charged with capital murder for the killing. At first, he refuses to be dragged back into his brother’s life. Finally giving in to pleas from his mother, Wayne enlists the help of his best friend, Duke Romack, former NBA star turned criminal lawyer. The Insanity Plea is a spell-binding tale of the struggle to save a man trapped in a mind like that of John Nash, Russell Crowe’s character in A Beautiful Mind. 

Dead Peasants 

 

Jack Bryant, exhausted after a high-profile career as a lawyer, takes an early retirement in Fort Worth, Texas, where he plans to kick back, relax, and watch his son play football at TCU. But then an elderly widow shows up with a check for life insurance benefits that is suspiciously made payable to her dead husband's employer, Jack can't turn down her pleas for help and files a civil suit to collect the benefits rightfully due the widow. A chain of events that can't be stopped thrusts Jack into a vortex of killings where he and his new love interest find themselves targets of a murderer.

So Help Me God

Miraculously awakening from a twelve-year coma, television evangelist Thomas Jeremiah Luther eagerly resumes his world-wide ministry while secretly plotting to seize control of conservative Christian political power in America. When a teenage member of Luther’s congregation almost dies from an abortion, he convinces her family to file a multi-million dollar medical malpractice case against the physician and abortion clinic. The right verdict will shut down abortion clinics all over the country and send the religious right and power brokers of all stripes flocking to his door. With two charismatic lawyers arguing the case, the nation is riveted to this landmark courtroom battle where one of the most heated points in the national debate will be decided: When does life begin? 

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