By Richard Dooling
A terminally unwell guy sells his lifestyles insurance plans for inexpensive to an investor who will acquire the complete quantity whilst the ill guy dies.But is the ill guy relatively ill? Does he even exist? within the age of AIDS and no-holds-barred capitalism, the company of making a bet on how for much longer ill humans will reside is flourishing. is that this new industry during which existence policies are received and bought a sound company, or is it an open invitation to fraud and homicide? Carver Hartnett, Miranda Pryor, and Leonard Stillmach all paintings for trustworthy Allied belief, in Omaha, the place they examine assurance fraud. Carver -- the narrator of this edgy and magnificent novel -- is annoyed. His corporation might fairly increase rates than prosecute coverage criminals. Miranda, his seductive coworker, leads him on after which places him off -- she turns out to have whatever immense to conceal. while their good friend, loopy Lenny, a working laptop or computer gamer and knowledgeable with drug-and-alcohol cocktails, dies in the course of taking part in Delta-Strike on-line, an odd and hectic narrative unfolds round a potential homicide and large assurance fraud. Carver is drawn deeper into numerous hearts of darkness, and in his efforts to find the reality at the back of his friend's dying, he finally ends up making a bet his personal existence. packed with memorable characterizations -- Carver's boss, the intelligent previous guy Norton; Dagmar Helveg, Norton's fascist assistant; nearby investigator Charlie Becker, a plain-talking, common sense cop -- guess Your existence conducts a stealthy philosophical research of its personal, during which our hero finally ends up investigating the mysteries of his soul.
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If you smell something, let me know. ” He got up and beamed me one of his grandest smiles, followed by a reliable handshake. ” 3 RAVE Miranda was right—Lenny needed commiseration. It was Friday, less than ten shopping days till Christmas. A ﬂatland winter grinding down to the shortest day of the year, but it would be nothing but a long cold one for poor Lenny. Miranda and I left Reliable at ﬁve sharp and shoe-skated on salt-and-gravel-dusted snowpack down to Lenny’s favorite haunt, the Upstream, a brew pub and restaurant installed in a renovated, old-time ﬁre station.
Norton stabbed a prematurely wrinkled and age-spotted ﬁnger at the Heartland folder. “Run Heartland’s policies in your spreadsheets, and you’ll see there are no viatical-fraud ﬂags. Heartland buys life policies, but most of them aren’t low-dollar, jet issue. ” Whatever. Norton knew a lot about the ﬁle already, so why did he need me to close it out for him? “Hector and his brother-in-law both kept their licenses,” added Norton, “professionals in good standing, et cetera. ” I get it. It’s a TV-movie pitch.
Somewhere along the line one of the traders told Blackbird about the powers of arsenic, then sold the chief pounds of the stuff on demand. Blackbird ingeniously employed the toxin to work “magic”—meaning, he poisoned any rivals to his power, prophesying their death and graciously accepting the adulation of his tribe when his uncanny predictions came true. According to the explorers and fur traders, when Blackbird ruled the tribe at its peak, the Omahas considered themselves superior to all other tribes and nations of men, and thought all of nature, including the human race, was created especially for their comfort and aggrandizement.
Bet Your Life by Richard Dooling