Book Review: “Dark Money” by Larry D. ThompsonMarch 7, 2016 at 10:21 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
Tags: Book Review, Fiction, Thriller
From the back cover: 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 fundraiser 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.Dark Money is a thriller, a mystery and an expose of the corruption of money in politics caused by the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United.
“dark money” is large donations made to a special fund set up under Section 501 (c)(4) of the Revenue Code. Politicians can get millions and even billions of dollars through this means. The Texas Governor goes to a Halloween costume party, is wounded in an assassination attempt while the host’s brother is murdered. Jack’s friend and the Governor’s Protective Detail are sued. Jack gets involved to absolve his friend of blame and has to trace the “Dark Money” that the Governor had. Mr. Thompson has given us one exciting book. An action, adventure, mystery, and a thriller as Jack has to investigate quite a few shady deals and underhanded backstabbing to reveal the truth. I do not recommend you drink coffee while reading this book as there is more than enough excitement to keep you going. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this book as you will want to finish it before going to bed. “Dark Money” is an exciting adventure from start to finish.
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