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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
Read an excerpt of Dark Money:
Larry 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.