MUSINGS OF A STORY MERCHANT

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Vic's Media Room Reviews Larry D. Thompson's The Insanity Plea


Larry D. Thompson in his new book, “insanity bookThe Insanity Plea” published by Story Merchant Books brings us into the life of Wayne Little.

From the back cover:  A young nurse is savagely killed during a pre-dawn run on Galveston’s seawall.

The murderer slices her running shorts from her body as his trophy and tosses the body over the wall to the rocks below. As dawn breaks, a bedraggled street person, wearing four layers of old, tattered clothes, emerges from the end of the jetty, waving his arms and talking to people only he hears. He trips over the body, checks for a pulse and, instead, finds a diamond bracelet which he puts in his pocket. He hurries across the street, heading for breakfast at the Salvation Army two blocks away, leaving his footprints in blood as he goes.

Wayne Little, former Galveston prosecutor and now Houston trial lawyer, learns that his older brother has been charged with capital murder for the killing. At first he refuses to be dragged back into his brother’s life. Once a brilliant lawyer, Dan’s paranoid schizophrenia had captured his mind, estranging everyone including Wayne. Finally giving in to pleas from his mother, Wayne enlists the help of his best friend, Duke Romack, former NBA star turned criminal lawyer. When Wayne and Duke review the evidence, they conclude that Dan’s chances are slim. They either find the killer or win a plea of insanity since the prosecution’s case is air tight. The former may be a mission impossible since the killer is the most brilliant, devious and cruel fictional murderer since Hannibal Lecter. The chances of winning an insanity plea are equally grim.

It will take the combined skills of the two lawyers along with those of Duke’s girlfriend, Claudia, a brilliant appellate lawyer, and Rita Contreras, Wayne’s next door neighbor and computer hacker extraordinaire, to attempt to unravel the mystery of the serial killer before the clock clicks down to a guilty verdict for Dan.

The Insanity Plea is a spell-binding tale of four amateur sleuths who must find, track and trap a serial killer as they prepare for and defend Wayne’s brother, who is trapped in a mind like that of John Nash, Russell Crowe’s character in A Beautiful Mind.

Combining legal thriller with tracking a serial killer, Thompson once again takes the reader on a helluva ride, right up to the last page and sentence.

A manhunt for a serial killer, a nail-biting thriller, a detective story and a courtroom battle these are the elements that Mr. Thompson has provided us in “The Insanity Plea”.  All Wayne is trying to do is protect his brother.  To really do so he is going to have to find the real killer and it is going to take the help of three friends to accomplish it.  Add in the fact that that they are going to have to stay alive as the killer doesn’t want to be found.  This is one exciting book. 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.  “The Insanity Plea” is an exciting adventure from start to finish.


Reposted From Vic's Media Room

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