A small town attorney is forced to battle a giant drug company in an attempt to save his daughter’s life. She had volunteered for a clinical trial of a drug that both the company and the FDA knew was dangerous. When his daughter’s liver starts to fail, and he realizes a liver transplant is out of the question, he decides to fight the drug company on the playing field he kn...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books
(first published December 7th 2010)
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The stress of being a Houston trial lawyer is getting to Luke Vaughn, so he decides a lifestyle change is in order. He and his teenage daughter, Samantha, move to his hometown of San Marcos, Texas. There, he works in an office at home, mainly on wills and contracts. He develops a romantic interest with a girl from his school days, and his relationship with his daughter improves dramatically. Small-town life seems to agree with the pair until Samantha gets sick. She's diagnosed with hepatitis as...more
Luke Vaughan gave up his fast track, ulcer causing career as a trial lawyer to start a small practice in his home town of San Marcos, Texas. When his teenage daughter, Samantha rebels at the lifestyle changes, Luke finds he has traded an ulcer for a major headache. Years of alienation follow until Samantha starts college. In order to make a few dollars, Sam signs up for a clinical drug trial of a major new medication being administered through a rather shady local doctor"s office. The drug is to...more
Have you ever seen those advertisements on the television that ask you to "Ask your doctor about (insert drug name here)". Do you ever wonder how much money those ads roll in for the pharmaceutical companies? If the drug turned out to have a deadly side affect to what extent would a company go to hide it? Thompson explores those very issues in his latest novel The Trial. A drug marketed as "revolutionary" that looks to be set on lining the pockets of the drug manufacturer has been found to cause...more
In spite of the stilted writing style The Trial is a compelling read. A small town lawyer, Luke Vaughn, takes on a multinational pharmaceutical company that manipulates clinical trials in order to get a new drug approved by the FDA. Luke's college age daughter joins a clinical trial to get a few dollars to but her dad a Father's Day present but has a bad reaction to the drug that causes her liver to fail. Luke sues the doctor, adding the drug company later, and then all sorts of bad things happe...more
i really liked how the book showed a real relationship that a father can have with his daughter. you see how this lawyer wants a simple life but it ends up being complicated and then you see that his daughter who at first had a bad relationship with him is needing him more than ever. this book is a really fast read because it makes you want to know what will happen as the case continues. i recommend it to anyone that likes to watch law and order svu type of things. one of my favs.
This is one of Thompson's first novels, if not THE first. Set in San Marcos, Texas, The Trial goes after a large drug company through a lawsuit over liver damage a new antibiotic seems to be causing to too many of the patients in a trial group. The book reads like a John Grisham novel and actually is a bit tighter in spots. I would have rated it from a 3 to a 5 in various parts of the book, but the characters and the plot make it a very enjoyable book. Pages turned themselves in many places!
I am The author of The Trial. A small town lawyer is forced to fight a giant pharmaceutical company and the FDA to try to save his daughter’s life in Thompson’s edgy legal thriller. When his lawsuit uncovers fraud and corruption, he is confronted with an enemy who will resort to bribery, kidnapping and murder to win.
The Trial, a legal thriller which pits a small town lawyer against Big Pharma and the FDA, has a compelling storyline,but the dull, stilted writing turns what could be an exceptional reresentative of the genre into a pretty pedestrian book. Thompson needs an editor and a dialogue coach.
I received this ARC from the author. This book is a very suspenseful legal thriller. Small town lawyer takes on giant drug company when his daughter develops a fatal condition due to being a subject of a clinical drug trial. How far would you go to save your child? Though the writing was stilted at times I could not put the book down. I can see this novel becoming a blockbuster movie. Great book for a first time author!
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 author Tommy Thompson. He lives in Houston, Texas"More about Larry D. Thompson...