Title: DARK MONEY
Author: Larry D. Thompson
Publisher: Story Merchant Books
Genre: Legal Thriller
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
Miriam Van Zandt is the best marksman among The Alamo Defenders, an anti-government militia group in
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 and Eastern Europe, New York New Orleans to track the real killer and
absolve his friend and the Protective Detail of responsibility for the
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Jack Bryant turned his old red Dodge Ram pickup into the driveway of the Greek revival mansion at the end of the cul-de-sac in Westover Hills, an exclusive neighborhood in
He was amused to see Halloween ghosts and goblins hanging from the two enormous
live oaks that fronted the house. The driveway led to wrought iron gates that
permitted entry to the back. A heavy set Hispanic man with a Poncho Villa
mustache in a security guard uniform stood beside the driveway near the gates, clipboard
in hand. He was unarmed.
Jack stopped beside him and lowered his window. “Afternoon, officer. Fine autumn day, isn’t it?”
The guard sized up the old pick-up and the man wearing jeans and a white T-shirt. “You here to make a delivery?”
Jack reached into his left rear pocket and retrieved his wallet from which he extracted a laminated card. “No, sir. Name’s Jackson Douglas Bryant. I’m a lawyer and a Tarrant County Reserve Deputy. My friend, Walter Frazier, is part of the Governor’s Protective Detail. Said Governor Lardner is attending some big shindig here tomorrow night and asked me to lend a hand in checking the place out before he hits town. My name
should be on that clipboard.”
The guard took the card, studied it closely and handed it back to Jack. He flipped to the second page. “There it is. Let me open the gates. Park down at the end of the driveway. You’ll see another wall with a gate. Walk on through and you’ll find your way to the ballroom where the party’s being held tomorrow. I’ll radio Sergeant Frazier to let him know you’re on your way.”
About the Author
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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