Partners in Crime Book Review & Giveaway – Dark Money by Larry D. Thompson


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Dark Money by Larry Thompson

Dark Money

by Larry Thompson

on Tour January 25- February 29, 2016


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 fundraiser 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 fundraiser 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.



My Review Rating Template

  • Loved it; perfect, would read it again *****
  • Loved it, would recommend it to all readers; minor issues ****
  • Liked it, would recommend it to genre readers, editing issues  ***
  • Didn’t grab me, characters, plot, editing issues **
  • Couldn’t finish*

I have volunteered to write an unbiased review of Dark Money.

Dark Money Rating: ****

When wearing my author hat, I’m a tough reader to please. At the same time, it is  more difficult to criticize another writer’s novel in a review. I know of the struggle to get everything perfect. At least, that’s true for authors whose goal is to grab the reader from page one and maintain that grip to the last page.  Larry D. Thompson is one of those amazing authors.

Summary: Dark Money delivers an intriguing plot surrounding Jack’s struggle to defend (in court) a post-Iraq war buddy suffering from PTSD. Walt is accused of incompetence in providing protection to Edward Hale, murdered at a fund raising event. As Jack and his team maneuver through the murky underworld of corrupt politics and New Orleans’s darker side, he risks his life to reveal the truth.

Dark Money is rich with a variety of characters and settings. I felt connected to the main characters, a full range from a lovable hero to my imaginary evil sister. Thompson’s gift for description allowed me to walk into scenes of mayhem and murder, comfy family gatherings and bar room banter. I enjoyed the full range of intense plot movement with a good balance of character building and plot development. What I enjoyed most is that I couldn’t predict the outcome, the whodunit.  I had my suspicions, which added to the thirst to turn the page. When I thought I  knew Jack’s next move, a twist threw me a curve. Loved it.

And the book cover is fantastic.

My one criticism is regarding the great number of characters. There were times I was lost when trying to recall who was who. If there had been a glossary of characters and their role, it would have made the reading flow more easily. Those interruptions were a bit frustrating.

Even so, I would recommend Dark Money to all readers, regardless of their reading genre preference.

Thank you, Larry Thompson, for the honor in reading and reviewing Dark Money.


Dark Money Details:

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Published by: Story Merchant Books
Publication Date: December 8th 2015
Number of Pages: 430
ISBN: 0996990801 (ISBN13: 9780996990806)
Series: A Jackson Bryant Legal Thriller, 2
Purchase Links: Amazon Goodreads

Read an excerpt of Dark Money:

The convoy of three troop trucks made its way through the northeastern part of Saudi Arabia on their way to join up with other American troops in Dhahran. Jack Bryant, a lawyer from Texas who was called up from his practice in Beaumont, was riding shotgun in the front truck. He was a sergeant and the senior NCO in the convoy. They passed through several villages deserted or nearly so out of fear of the rapidly moving Iraq army. The convoy approached another village, apparently abandoned, when Jack raised his hand.

“Stop. I saw a glint of metal in a balcony about a hundred yards ahead on the right, and then it disappeared. I’m getting out my side and will use the door as a shield. Open your door as quietly as possible. Go back to the men and tell them to maintain complete silence. I don’t even want to hear the click of a cigarette lighter until I signal.”

Seconds turned into minutes. Jack continued to focus on the balcony. After twenty minutes the driver was thinking that his sergeant must have been imagining something when a head slowly surfaced above the wall on the balcony. Jack waited until he could see the mouth and fired one round, striking the Iraq sniper directly between the eyes. The enemy soldier dropped from sight.

Bryant climbed back into his seat and told his driver they could now move out.

“You sure, Sarge? Could be you only wounded him.”

“Trust me. I don’t miss from this distance. He’s dead. Let’s get going. I hope we’ll still have a little light when we get to the barracks.”

Author Bio:

Larry D. Thompson | AuthorLarry D. Thompson is a veteran trial lawyer and has drawn on decades of experience in the courtroom to produce riveting legal thrillers. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Thompson founded the Houston trial firm where he still serves as managing partner. The proud father of three grown children, he lives and works in Texas but spends his summers in Colorado, where he crafts his novels and hikes the mountains surrounding Vail. His greatest inspiration came from Thomas Thompson, his brother, who wrote many best-selling true-crime books and novels.

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