Dark Money

Dark Money

by Larry D. Thompson

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996990806
Publisher: The Writer's Lifeline
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Pages: 430
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)

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Dark Money 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Larry D. Thompson in his new book, “Dark Money” published by Story Merchant Book gives us another adventure with Jack Bryant. From the back cover: 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. “dark money” is large donations made to a special fund set up under Section 501 (c)(4) of the Revenue Code. Politicians can get millions and even billions of dollars through this means. The Texas Governor goes to a Halloween costume party, is wounded in an assassination attempt while the host’s brother is murdered. Jack’s friend and the Governor’s Protective Detail are sued. Jack gets involved to absolve his friend of blame and has to trace the “Dark Money” that the Governor had. Mr. Thompson has given us one exciting book. An action, adventure, mystery, and a thriller as Jack has to investigate quite a few shady deals and underhanded backstabbing to reveal the truth. I do not recommend you drink coffee while reading this book as there is more than enough excitement to keep you going. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this book as you will want to finish it before going to bed. “Dark Money” is an exciting adventure from start to finish. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
After a successful career as a trial attorney, Jack Bryant retires to his hometown of Fort Worth and opens up a pro bono practice out of a motorhome. He expects to help poor people with their legal issues, but nothing prepares him for what happens when The Alamo Defenders, a West Texas anti-government militia group wages a murderous attack at a Halloween themed political fundraiser event. Jack's ensuing investigation exposes the wide corruption of money in politics that will put Jack in a great deal of danger. Dark Money is a riveting legal thriller that will captivate the reader from the start, and keep them sitting on the edge of their seat until the surprising conclusion. Author Larry D. Thompson utilizes his extensive professional experience as a trial attorney to weave a gritty tale written in the third person narrative that follows attorney Jack Bryant when he is appointed special prosecutor after a deadly attack at a political fundraising event by a West Texas anti-government militia group opens up a huge can of worms as he investigates and uncovers the accumulation of "dark money" (large political donations set up in a special fund governed under Section 501 (c) (4) of the Revenue Code via the US Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United, while exposing the widespread corruption in politics. This fast paced, action filled legal thriller easily engages the reader with a mixture of murder plots, investigative twists and turns, suspense and riveting courtroom drama. In reading Dark Money, the reader is transported into the middle of this gripping tale where they will learn about chilling true-to-life corruption in politics that is simply mind-numbing and will give them goosebumps. With an intriguing cast of characters; witty dialogue; dramatic interactions; and a complex storyline that has just enough courtroom drama to satisfy legal eagles, while providing plenty of corruption, politics, murder and mystery that will easily keep the reader in suspense until the final piece of the puzzle clicks into place in a surprising ending; Dark Money is a thoroughly powerful, compelling, and chilling legal thriller that you won't be able to put down! Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Feather_Stone More than 1 year ago
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 adult readers, regardless of their reading genre preference. Thank you, Larry Thompson, for the honor in reading and reviewing Dark Money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark Money is a timely and well-plotted thriller/mystery that kept me intrigued from start to finish. The novel's action takes place in the camp of a right-wing militia led by a violent psychopath, the exclusive and sometimes secret universe of wealthy political donors, the jazz clubs of New Orleans, and the court rooms of Fort Worth. With the help of a former Army buddy, his son, and his fiancee, Attorney Jackson Bryant manages to connect the dots between these worlds as he tracks the shooter who kills a prominent Texas billionaire and wounds the state's governor and a political consultant– and then trace "dark money" to find out who hired that killer and why. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good political and legal intrigue!
TLowe86 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! "Dark Money" had me enthralled from start to finish. This is NOT one of those books that you get half-way through and it ends up collecting dust on your nightstand, you will find yourself dying to know what will happen next!!! The complex characterizations that Larry D. Thompson created made me feel like I knew the characters personally. I found myself rooting for the villain at times! I cannot wait to read " The Insanity Plea " next. Hope that you continue writing Larry because you have great talent !