Larry D. Thompson was first a trial lawyer. He tried more than 300 cases throughout Texas, winning in excess of 95% of them. When his youngest son graduated from college, he decided to write his first novel. Since his mother was an English teacher and his brother, Thomas Thompson, had been a best-selling author, it seemed the natural thing to do.
Larry writes about what he knows best…lawyers, courtrooms and trials. The legal thriller is his genre. DARK MONEY is his fifth story and the second in the Jack Bryant series.
Larry and his wife, Vicki, call Houston home and spend their summers on a mountain top in Vail, Colorado. He has two daughters, two sons and four grandchildren.
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About the Book:
DARK MONEY is a thriller, a mystery and an expose’ of the corruption of money in politics.
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.
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Would you call yourself a born writer?
I think that is probably correct. My last writing class was as a freshman at The University of Texas many years and that was many years back. . I started writing novels about ten years ago and have now completed my fifth. However, it should be noted my mother was an English teacher and my late brother was an internationally famous author of true crime. In short, it must be in the gene pool somewhere.
What was your inspiration for DARK MONEY?
Before I was a writer I was a trial lawyer. In fact, I still am. I follow what our United States Supreme Court does, and I was dismayed at their opinion in a case called Citizens United. I write thrillers, but prefer to leave the reader with something to think about when the reader finishes the story. So, DARK MONEY is a thriller, a mystery and an expose’ of the corruption of money in politics.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
The themes vary from book to book. In my first I explored both sides of the abortion debate. In THE TRIAL I wanted the reader to understand the power of the pharmaceutical industry in this country. DEAD PEASANTS was about a type of life insurance policy that employers could place on their employees with the employees never knowing about it. THE INSANITY PLEA is about a serial killer, but also delves into the mistreatment of the mentally ill in our country. However, I need to make it clear, that first and foremost, the stories are really good thrillers and mysteries.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
Until recently I have been a full time lawyer and a part time writer. With a full trial docket, it took me about eighteen months. Now I have cut back on my case load and hope to turn out a book in about nine months.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
To be a good writer, it takes discipline. When I’m not in trial, I write for a couple of hours when I get up in the morning and before I head to the office. Then I write five or six hours on Saturday and Sunday..
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
It’s nearly always the same thing. How do I end it and make sure that I have tied all of the loose ends together?
What do you love most about being an author?
First, I enjoy the creative process. Next, I get satisfaction from completing a novel. It’s something that did not exist until I started writing. Then, I love comments from my readers, nearly all of whom like what I write.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
I have been with major publishers (Tor?Forge and St. Martin’s). The experience was not good. I got a modest advance and they did nothing to promote the books. So, for my last two, I have been with a small press where I have the opportunity to make much more money.
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