Monday, May 2, 2016

First Chapter Review: Dark Money by Larry D. Thompson

I am participating in the book tour for Dark Money by Larry D. Thompson.

BLURB: 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 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 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.

COVER: Love it. Took me a few moments to realize that was a blood-splattered face mask, but the color scheme is great and I like the fonts used.

FIRST CHAPTER: Jack Bryant arrives at the Hale estate where a Halloween costume fundraiser for Texas Governor Rob Lardner is scheduled to take place. Once cleared by security, he meets up with his old army buddy, Walt Frazier, who is in charge of making sure everyone stays safe and sound.

KEEP READING: Yes. The short prologue provides a bit of back story for how Walt and Jack met so that the reader dives into the first chapter with some idea of the men's personalities. I feel it wise the author opted to have action in the prologue because the first chapter is low-key in that respect. By the end, however, you are quite certain things aren't going to go as planned.

What I feel the author did very well from the start is define who the major players are and draw the reader into their world. I look forward to reading more of this one.

File Size: 1088 KB
Print Length: 430 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Story Merchant Books; 2 A Jackson Bryant Legal Thriller edition (December 29, 2015)
Publication Date: December 29, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B019YQ63Q0

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I received a free digital version of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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