What could have driven billionaire industrialist Warburton Powers to shoot himself, his wife, and his infant son? Robert Herrick, a lawyer and close friend of the Powers family, investigates the tragedy against his better judgment and finds himself dragged deeper and deeper into the mass of tentacles that is the holding company. Opposing lawyer Jimmy Coleman is a ruthless ex-streetfighter who heads an army of litigation associates at the mega-firm of Booker & Bayne. At every turn Herrick's quest is confronted by the holding company, as it exercises its world-wide powers--and connections at all levels of the government--to bury the terrible secret behind the death of the Powers family.
Author David Crump, a senior professor of law at the University of Houston and the author of numerous law textbooks (as well as books of poetry, legal fiction, and a modern version of Virgil's Aeneid), introduces realism and entertaining legal and corporate background to the procedural and legal genre. The novel features Switzerland, New York, Iraq, Houston, and Washington, D.C. in an intricate and absorbing courtroom drama. Newly available in a quality Apple eBook format.
The sequel to Crump's acclaimed novel "Conflict of Interest."
Praise for THE HOLDING COMPANY:
". . . Mixes realism and drama in just the right measure--it makes your pulse race! The action leaps off the page, and I recommend it whether you're a lawyer at heart or not."
--Paul F. Rothstein
Legal Commentator for CNN, NBC, and MSNBC
"This is a writer who knows how it happens in the courtroom, and he can turn out a thriller!"
--Judge Terry Ney
Virginia Bar Association, Past President
"Anyone who wants to discover why fear is the constant companion of every trial lawyer should read The Holding Company."
--T. Gerald Treece
CBS Affiliate KHOU-TV, Legal Commentator
"Crump does it again! Deadly secrets are revealed in a 3-D drama that races to the courtroom equivalent of a Barnum and Bailey grand finale. Don't miss this one!"
KRPC Channel 2 (NBC-TV), News Anchor
"The Holding Company is that rare example of good reading and legal accuracy. . . . places the reader right in the middle of the action!
ABC Affiliate KTRK, Legal Commentator
"When The Holding Company grabs you, it won't let go!"
--D. Hull Youngblood
Texas State Bar, Past Chairman of the Board
"Crump writes about lawyering, the courts, and the big companies that manipulate both. And he does it with scary credibility."
"If HDTV is the breakthrough technology in television, David Crump must be the prototype of HDW (high definition writing). . . . The Holding Company virtually places the reader in the courtroom."
PBS Affiliate KUHT, Anchor-Producer
". . . Full of suspense and behind-the-scenes courtroom action!"
--Andrew S. Hanen
Houston Bar Association, President
". . . Crump knows the law, but that's not all. His sports scenes are . . . absolutely authentic too."
Los Angeles Dodgers, former First Baseman with Six Gold Glove Awards
". . . Well-planned, suspenseful, and a very good read! The author knows his subject well."
State Bar of Texas, President