Book Nerd Interview
Larry D. Thompson is a veteran trial lawyer and has drawn on decades of experience in the courtroom to produce riveting legal thrillers. Dead Peasants is is third After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Thompson founded the Houston trial firm where he still serves as managing partner. The proud father of three grown children, he lives and works in Texas but spends his summers in Colorado, where he crafts his novels and hikes the mountains surrounding Vail. His greatest inspiration came from Thomas Thompson, his brother, who wrote many best-selling true-crime books and novels.
Why is storytelling so important for all of us?
Originally, it was a way of passing on history. Now I believe it is a means of entertainment and diversion from our mundane day-to-day lives.
What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I wrote my first novel when I was sixty. Fortunately, I come from long-lived stock; so, I still hve fifteen or twenty novels left in me.
Beyond your own work (of course), what is your all-time favorite book and why? And what is your favorite book outside of your genre?
From the past, I’ll take Tom Sawyer. In more current times I’m partial to Blood and Money, a true crime story written by my brother, Thomas Thompson, thirty years ago.
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
I was just smart enough to do about anything I wanted, short of professions involving math.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
Never give up. Keep writing until someone recognizes your talent.
Can you tell us when you started Dead Peasants: A Thriller, how that came about?
I am always on the lookout for stories. I read an article in the Houston Chronicle about a woman whose young husband died. She was accidently sent proceeds of four million dollars from a life insurance policy, payable to his employer. Neither he nor she knew anything about it. It struck a chord and lead to Dead Peasants, which, by the way, is the name for a policy written on an employee by an employer who never tells the employee.
If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
Tod Duncan from So Help Me God would like to meet the Clarence Darrow character from Inherit the Wind.
For those who are unfamiliar with Jack, how would you introduce him?
He’s a small town boy from Fort Worth who has a chip on his shoulder because he came from the poor side of the tracks. After he becomes wealthy as a plaintiff lawyer in Beaumont, Texas, he retires to Fort Worth where he becomes a pro bono lawyer, helping people who cannot afford a lawyer and finds himself having to solve a series of serial killings before his love interest also becomes a victim.
You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?
Never quit, in life and in writing.
When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
Not that I’m always honest (Who is?), but I can’t think of one particular question.
Where is the best place in the world you’ve been?
I love the mountains of Colorado in the summer.
What's the most memorable summer job you've ever had
I was a park ranger in Sequoia National Park between my second and third years of law school. If there had been more money in it, I would have loved to be a park ranger as a career.
When was the last time you told someone you loved them?
Today. My wife and I tell each other that many times a day (and it’s true).
What would be harder for you, to tell someone you love them or that you do not love them back?
Neither. If I love someone, I say so and tell them that in return. That group, by the way, is limited to my wife, my kids and grandkids.
When was the last time you cried?
I don’t cry a lot, but I get choked up pretty easily, even with an emotional scene in a movie.
What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager?
I like when I grew up, in the late fifties and early sixties.
What's the loveliest thing you have ever seen?
Too many to count.
Where can readers stalk you?
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.
Readers will be captivated right from the start through Larry’s incredible writing. The fact that he is a lawyer himself gives credibility and authenticity to Jack Bryant and this riveting adventure he’s put himself into. The boring retirement life that he thought he was living is suddenly turned upside-down. His retirement location of Fort Worth is described in such great detail that I felt I was in that environment. Larry’s writing style manages to place readers into Jack’s shoes and get a firsthand experience towards his desires.
The characters in this gripping story are incredibly created and push the story along quite well. Whether the setting is on the streets, in the courtroom or even in Jack’s RV office, readers can easily picture themselves alongside these vibrant characters. The details that Larry puts into every aspect of this book are immensely filled with thrill and suspense. Larry’s occupation as a lawyer provided authentic courtroom drama. There are plenty of story developments to keep readers on the edge of their seats without the unnecessary fillers. It has murder and mystery that will continuously maintain interest levels at high peaks. Dead Peasants is a well written book with memorable characters and a plot that moves along quickly and smoothly.