Daily Review: The Insanity Plea by Larry D. Thompson

Larry D. Thompson

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 young nurse is savagely killed on Galveston’s seawall. The murderer slices her running shorts from her body as his trophy and tosses her 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.

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 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 the struggle to save a man 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.

Larry D. Thompson

Amazon Review

By Iwrite05

This book was fantastic! Within a few pages, I was hooked! The murder and serial killer aspect as well as forensic psychiatry kept me thoroughly engaged. I also enjoyed how the author made the characters so real, colorful, and individuals that the reader could relate to.

I also liked the fact that the author had a real message intertwined in the book relating to mental illness and criminals. Can’t say enough about this book and the author! I will be looking forward to reading more of his books.

Amazon Review

By Uma I. Van Roosenbeek

This is the first book I read of this author. Did not know what to expect. But, from the first line, this book holds the reader in its enthralling grip. The premise of a brilliant lawyer caught in the grip of paranoid schizophrenia and being held for a brutal murder is one that the reader rarely comes across.

The narrative is taut, engrossing and easy flowing.

The characters are endearing, the descriptions of the court proceedings keep the reader on the edge of the seat throughout till the last page.

The almost perfect preparations of the defense team, the organization of the various details needed for the defense, the roles each member plays have to be read for one to enjoy the book thoroughly. In addition to planning, coordination and executing the best defense strategy, this book also highlights the bond between family members, the strength of the love that exists between Sarah, Dan and Wayne that compels the other members of the team to give of their best without expecting anything in return!

One is so absorbed with everything that is going on with the defense team that one feels an integral part of the defense team!

Thanks for the immense pleasure of reading a fascinating book, Mr. Thompson. Looking forward to reading your other books!

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