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A Day In My Writing Life
Jersey Girl wants to know about a day in my writing life: Weekdays I’m up in the morning about six. My first task is to take our new puppy out to the back yard to do her business. I then hit the button on the coffee maker and go out front to retrieve the morning paper. After a breakfast of Cheerios with fruit, I settle down with my coffee in front of my computer with the puppy at my feet. I read what I wrote the day before and make minor corrections and write for about two hours before I shower and make the drive to downtown Houston to my law firm where I still have a full time day job as a trial lawyer. In the evenings I spend time with my wife, talking and maybe watching a favorite television show. We often discuss my novel-in-progress and I bounce ideas off of her. Interestingly, she is not a fiction reader, except mine, of course, but she has great ideas about plot and character development. On weekends I usually write for four or five hours, which I consider to be about the limit to be creative.
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Dead Peasants by Larry D. Thompson ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: Partners In Crime Tours
Dead Peasants by Larry D. Thompson
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover - 320 pages / Kindle - 465 KB / Nook - 761 KB
Genre: Legal Thriller
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Tours.
Lawyer Jack Bryant retires early to Fort Worth to kick back, relax and watch his son play football at TCU. Bored with retirement he opens a pro bono office in his RV. When Jack finds an elderly widow at his doorstep, clutching a check for life insurance proceeds on her husband but payable to his former employer, Jack files a civil suit to collect the benefits rightfully due the widow. A seemingly accidental death of his client’s husband thrusts Jack into a vortex of serial killings. He and his new love interest find themselves targets in the same murder for hire scheme. To stop the killings Jack must unravel what in their past makes certain people worth more dead than alive.
My Book Review:
After a successful career as a trial attorney, Jack Bryant is ready to retire to his hometown of Fort Worth to kick back, relax, and watch his son play college football at TCU. But Jack has a hard time settling into retirement, so he opens up a pro bono practice out of a motorhome. He expects to be helping poor people with their legal issues, but nothing prepares him for what happens after an elderly woman shows up with an unexpected life insurance check that is the beneficiary payment from her husband's untimely death. Jack's ensuing investigation reveals a murder for hire scheme that involves unexplained deaths that puts Jack and his love interest in a great deal of danger.
Dead Peasants is a riveting legal thriller that captivates the reader from the start, and keeps 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 as he investigates an illegal insurance scheme linked to several unexplained deaths of policy holders that opens up a huge can of worms and will ultimately put his own life in danger.
This fast paced, action filled story engages the reader with a mixture of murder plots, investigative twists and turns, suspense and riveting courtroom drama. The author enlightens the reader by describing what a dead peasant insurance policy is: it is a life insurance policy taken out by the employer on an employee's life without their knowledge. The policy is not terminated when the employee leaves the company, it continues until the person's death, with the premium being paid to the company as the primary beneficiary. In reading Dead Peasants, the reader is transported into the middle of this gripping tale where they will learn about chilling true-to-life illegal schemes that are 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 murder and mystery that will keep the reader in suspense until the final piece of the puzzle clicks into place in a surprising ending; Dead Peasants is a thoroughly powerful, compelling, and chilling legal thriller that you won't be able to put down!
RATING: 5 STARS *****
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