Book Review-Dead Peasants: A Thriller-Larry D Thompson | Miki's Hope

Book Review-Dead Peasants: A Thriller-Larry D Thompson

Friday, August 29, 2014

Have you ever heard of a Dead Peasant Insurance Policy? I had-but then I have been a bookkeeper for many years. Just in case here is a definition that I copied from The Free Dictionary

A corporate-owned life insurance policy that a company may take out on its employees—often without their knowledge—designating the company as beneficiary. If the employee dies young, the company gets tax-free death benefits. If the employee lives long, it has a long-running tax break (as well as the death benefit)

Jack Bryant, a brilliant lawyer, just won a major case and has decided to retire early. His son will be playing college football and Jack has decided it is time to be more involved in his son's life. He packs up and leaves his lucrative practice and heads to Fort Worth Texas. He has lots of money so astonishes the realtor by taking an expensive, very large house. This is in the middle of the housing crisis, she really needed this sale. He knows he likes her but it takes almost the entire book for them to actually get together.

Eventually, after having the house decorated (by the realtor) Jack gets bored. He decides to do pro bono work for the people in the area who can not afford a good lawyer. He sets up shop on a piece of property he bought in a bad part of town in his RV. At first nobody comes--then one day an older African American woman comes knocking at the door. I seems she had received a check from the post office for 400,000 dollars but it was made out to her deceased husbands ex-employer.

Things really start heating up and more accidental deaths keep happening. I can almost guarantee that you won't be able to put this book down--but if I say anymore I'll give it all away!

About the Book (from Amazon)

“Just terrific… As real as a heart attack, and every bit as suspenseful.”

--John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of A Plague of Secrets, on The Trial

Veteran trial lawyer Larry D. Thompson has decades of courtroom experience in his home state of Texas on controversial and important trials. Now, in Dead Peasants, Thompson has delivered a fast-moving and suspenseful legal thriller featuring a retired lawyer whose life gets turned upside down when a stranger asks for help.

Jack Bryant, exhausted after a high-profile career as a lawyer, takes an early retirement in Fort Worth, Texas, where he plans to kick back, relax, and watch his son play football at TCU. But then an elderly widow shows up with a check for life insurance benefits and that is suspiciously made payable to her dead husband’s employer, Jack can’t turn down her pleas for help and files a civil suit to collect the benefits rightfully due the widow. A chain of events that can’t be stopped thrusts Jack into a vortex of killings, and he and his new love interest find themselves targets of a murderer.

Gripping, engaging, and written with the authority that only a seasoned lawyer could possess, Dead Peasants is a legal thriller that will stun and surprise you.

Read a chapter or two here

Purchase the Book here

About the Author: (from Goodreads)

(Picture from Facebook page)

Larry D. Thompson is a managing partner of the Houston trial firm he founded. He is the proud father of three grown children and admiring brother of the late author Tommy Thompson. He lives in Houston, Texas"

To read a more thorough biography click into the author's website !


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Beck Valley Books said...

Sounds really good, something I would enjoy and loving the author's t-shirt !!

Rebecca Swenor said...

This sounds very interesting and a great read. Seems like a lot of mystery to the story. I will have to add this one. Thanks for sharing.

Jenn said...

LOL I love the authors Tee shirt! This one sounds great.

Scott said...

I agree with Jenn, with a t-shirt like that I wouldn't want to get on his bad side!

Masshole Mommy said...

That sounds like a book that my husband would really enjoy!!

Amy@A Day In the Life of Mrs Glass said...

What a great book report. I don't get a chance to read often, but I miss it.

Rebecca said...

Another good book to check out. Thank you for keeping me up to date on good reading.

Unknown said...

You always seem to find the best books! I am gonna check this one out also! P.s Love his shirt!

Unknown said...

I am a book lover and this book sounds like a fascinating read!! :)

Karen said...

I love books too, but I just dont have time to read anymore.

Erika said...

Oh boy! I don't even read fiction anymore. And I have to admit, this sounds like a good read. I had no idea companies could do that with life insurance policies. Kinda weird.

Unknown said...

Oh, I thought this was gonna be scary, but I can read a good mystery any time!

Mommy 2 J.A.M. said...

I know what to get my sons father for the holidays he would love this book

Notorious Spinks said...

Sounds like a great book. I'll have to check this out.

Unknown said...

I found your review through Saturday Situation. I am a big fan of legal thrillers and I am really tempted to read this book. I hope it's available in epub or any other format because Kindle and Nook products are not available in my country.
Kero @ KBB

Melanie said...

Another great book review... I told my husband over the weekend that I had a long list of your reviews that I SOOO wanted to read and he actually ordered me this book.. SOO excited, can't wait to read it and see if I enjoy it as much as you did, I'm fairly certain... you are awesome, thanks for a great review and finding all the amazing books.

Unknown said...

I have never heard of this term...this book looks like a great read for anyone who loves legal thrillers...thanks for another great review!

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