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Dolly asks about my becoming a writer later in life, my brother and the family tradition:
I think I always knew I would eventually become a writer. I dabbled in journalism in college, but by then my brother, Thomas (Tommy) Thompson was well on his way to a successful writing career, first as a reporter and then with LIFE magazine in its heyday. I chose not to follow in his footsteps and went to law school at The University of Texas.
From there I moved to Houston, married and started the law firm that I still head. With three kids and a full time law practice there were not enough hours in the day to write; so, I shoved the idea aside.
When my youngest son graduated from SMU, I decided to see if I could write a novel. Having had my last formal training in freshman English, I was brazen enough to forego writing seminars and just sat down at the computer. That led to my first novel, So Help Me God.
My brother, by the way, left LIFE and published his first book when he was thirty-seven. He went on to become an internationally famous best-selling author who died way to young with liver cancer.
It was twenty years after his death that I began So Help Me God. So, I suppose that it is something in our DNA that leads us into writing. Whatever it is, I find I enjoy the creative process and look forward to my time at the computer (usually a couple of hours early in the morning before I head off to a full day as a trial lawyer).
Dead Peasants: A Thriller
Thomas Dunne Books (October 2, 2012)
St. Martin’s Press
Hardcover: 304 pages
E-Book File Size: 465 KB
Synopsis: 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.
I loved this book! I sat down on a Sunday afternoon and started this book and hardly moved until I reached the last word.
I wish I knew an attorney like Jack Bryant. He has enough money to live comfortably forever and retires to put his son first. Something he hasn’t been able to do before because of his career. But his son is grown and while it is great having him around and watching him play ball, Jack needs more. He decides to give back to his community by helping those who need legal help but could never afford proper representation. An added bonus is his son being able to work with him.
I was personally touched by the man he helped with his mortgage foreclosure. This is happening all over the U.S. and the banks are winning because people can’t get help or get scammed by the wrong help. Scary to think the home you have had for years could be gone and you could be homeless.
The real meat of the story is the case he takes on for June Davis. Her husband Willie passed away and like always she is struggling to just get by. Then she receives a surprise from the U.S. Postal Service that in Jack Bryant’s hands could change her life forever. It will also open up a huge can of worms that will start to link together several unexplained deaths and will put his own life in danger.
Thompson has created fantastic well rounded characters and writes their stories in such a way that you are right there with them in the courtroom, on the streets and in his office RV. It also felt has if I was watching a movie, the pages were turning so fast.
A legal thriller that packs quite a punch!! This is one I would shout about from the rooftops if I could!!
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