Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Insanity Plea Book Review

The Insanity Plea

by Larry Thompson

on Tour May 19 - July 20, 2014

Book Details:
Genre: Legal Thriller
Published by: Story Merchant Books
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Number of Pages: 412
ISBN: Not Yet Available
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 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.
My Review:

This was a really well written murder/mystery story that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat trying to figure out how this all went down and how in the heck they think that Dan Little could have done this given his mental state.

It's a delve into what goes on in a killer's mind and why he does the things that he does. It doesn't excuse his behavior but gives you some insight into how they think. This particular killer is very sick in the head. It started out as an obsession with studying serial killers until he finally acted out his fantasies. He has no remorse and has no feelings whatsoever about who he picks. There is no logical reason to why he chooses who he kills, it is merely for the thrill.

Dan Little has a couple of people who are trying to help track down the real killer before it's too late and because of that, this is a great story about the human spirit in the midst of all of this tragedy. You will fall in love with Dan Little and will be cheering him on throughout this journey.

Happy Reading!

Author Bio:

Larry D. Thompson is a veteran trial lawyer and has drawn on decades of experience in the courtroom to produce riveting legal thrillers. 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.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. 


Lance Wright said...

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this legal thriller with us. It looks like it has an intriguing, but also thoughtfully constructed storyline.

Gala said...

I don't have a fav author yet, I like to discover new ones

jenn huey said...

Funny you should ask, my daughter brought home a James Patterson and because I didn't have another book to read, I read it and it wasn't too bad. I normally don't read that type of book

Myrna said...

No, I do not have a favorite.

Anita Yancey said...

I have a lot of favorite mystery writers. But I have to read all of Linda Fairstein's books. All I have read so far are really good. Thanks for having the giveaway.