Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Dead Peasants

Dead Peasants

A Thriller

Larry D. Thompson

Thomas Dunne Books




"Just terrific… As real as a heart attack, and every bit as suspenseful."

--John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of A Plague of Secrets, on The Trial

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.



The tension in the Beaumont, Texas, courtroom was as real as that in the Cotton Bowl if Texas and Oklahoma were tied with one minute to go. The parties had been in trial for three weeks and two days. On one side of the aisle were...


Praise for Dead Peasants

“The pacing is fast, the characters well developed, and the lawyer is likable. Grisham aficionados should be delighted with Thompson.” —Booklist

“Thompson draws on his vast knowledge of the law and the courtroom to create colorful characters and spin a tale with twists at every turn of the page.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Once again, Thompson has penned a five star novel that far surpasses other legal/mystery thrillers. Dead Peasant Policies: You don't want one taken out on your life! Will keep you on edge from start to the surprise and shocking conclusion.” —Fran Lewis, BlogTalk Radio

Dead Peasants is part courtroom drama, part romance, and part thriller. Most of all, this is a well-written story that is hard to put down once you open the first page. Dead Peasants is the third novel by Houston attorney Larry D. Thompson, a partner at Lorance & Thompson, P.C., who draws on decades of his legal experience to construct this highly credible page-turner. This is a must-read for lovers of legal thrillers.” —The Houston Lawyer

“A great story for those who like a good lawyer based book that has both courtroom drama and old fashion gum-shoe investigation.” —Fiction Addict

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About the author

Larry D. Thompson

LARRY D. THOMPSON is a managing partner of the Houston trial firm he founded. He is the proud father of three grown children and admiring brother of the late Tommy Thompson, author of the classic Blood and Money. He lives in Houston, Texas.

Larry D. Thompson

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