Monday, April 22, 2013

Review - Dead Peasants by Larry D. Thompson (4/5)

[The following review is part of the Dead Peasants blog tour being organized through Partners in Crime Tours.  For a complete list of tour hosts, see the tour page.] 

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The first thing that intrigued me about Dead Peasants by was the title.  I found out that it’s based on a slang term for “Corporate Owned Life Insurance” (or COLI) in which an employer is compensated if an employee dies—hence the term, “Dead Peasants Insurance.”  It intrigued me so much, in fact, that I immediately had to look it up on Amazon just to see what it could possibly be about. Reading through the excerpt given, I just wasn't sure if I would like it. I mean, I like thrillers, but I had no idea if this book was for me. After much deliberation, I finally decided to at least give it a chance. It's like the saying goes.....Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.

Dead Peasants starts out by introducing the reader to the main character Jack Bryant, a lawyer in Beaumont, Texas who is definitely good at his job. He's been in the business long enough to know some of the tricks to obtaining settlements that would shock the best of us—most of them being in the million dollar range. As we delve into the first chapters, Jack is working on his most recent of cases trying to get appropriate settlements for three families who each lost loved ones in a refinery explosion. Of course, the refinery is fighting so as to lessen the settlement, but Jack does not back down. He ends up getting each family quite a sum of money, meaning he gets quite a profit in the long run. The outcome of this case is so great, in fact, that afterwards Jack decides he is going to retire and move back to Fort Worth to watch his son play football for the TCU horned frogs.

In arriving back in Fort Worth, Jack decides to buy a big house to prove to all his old acquaintances that he has finally made it to the big leagues. The real estate agent selling the house, Colby Stripling, underestimates his ability to buy and is greatly surprised by the fact that he can pay for the house in cash. However, after an explanation of what he does (or did) for a living, Colby decides to give him a chance and the two become fast friends (or maybe more...).

Things take a nosedive in his happy retirement when Jack is visited by a mysterious woman with a check. A life insurance check made out to her late husband's former employer, Allison Southwest. The woman deems that this is a very suspicious case, considering her husband has not worked at that particular facility for fifteen years. Jack looks into it, but finds that not everything is as it seems. Things could take a turn for the worst as the body count begins piling up.

I enjoyed this book immensely. What surprised me most out of anything was how the writer transported me to Fort Worth so easily. I felt, literally, as if I was there with the characters, and I loved that. I will be looking forward to more books from this particular author in the future. He is someone to watch.

I recommend this novel to people who love legal thrillers and just a plain good read.  Four stars.

About the Author:  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.
About the Reviewer:  Kayla West is an avid reader who tends to read a little too much for her own good. By day she is a home healthcare worker and by night, or late afternoon, she is the lead character in any good story that can truly spark her imagination. She loves to read fantasy and historical fiction, but is ready and willing to have an open mind about any type of work. Books by unknown authors, or at least unknown to her, are her very favorites to read, because she believes that those stories, the unknown stories, are sometimes where the magic truly happens.  To learn more about Kayla, visit her blog at


  1. WOW!! That is an awesome review. This book has been receiving rave review, and I for one, can't wait to read it. Great job! Thank you for sharing your insight on this title.

  2. Dead Peasants sounds like a good legal thriller. Nice review.

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