By Richard Dooling
A terminally ailing guy sells his lifestyles insurance coverage for inexpensive to an investor who will acquire the whole quantity while the unwell guy dies.But is the ailing guy quite ailing? Does he even exist? within the age of AIDS and no-holds-barred capitalism, the enterprise of making a bet on how for much longer ailing humans will reside is prospering. is that this new marketplace during which lifestyles policies are obtained and offered a sound firm, 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 coverage fraud. Carver -- the narrator of this edgy and amazing novel -- is annoyed. His corporation could really increase rates than prosecute assurance criminals. Miranda, his seductive coworker, leads him on after which places him off -- she turns out to have anything mammoth to conceal. whilst their pal, loopy Lenny, a working laptop or computer gamer and knowledgeable with drug-and-alcohol cocktails, dies in the midst of taking part in Delta-Strike on-line, a wierd and stressful narrative unfolds round a potential homicide and big assurance fraud. Carver is drawn deeper into a variety of hearts of darkness, and in his efforts to find the reality in the back of his friend's loss of life, he finally ends up having a bet his personal lifestyles. choked with memorable characterizations -- Carver's boss, the wise previous guy Norton; Dagmar Helveg, Norton's fascist assistant; local 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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I told Norton I thought Crogan and his partner were running swoop-and-squats out in Orange County, and representing the capper. Guttman has a history of being disciplined by the Medical Board of California because he helped a terminal cancer patient do the Kevorkian with a big injection of potassium chloride in a California mercykilling case. “That was then, and this is now, and maybe things changed. ” Without proof, we both knew it was not the kind of thing Lenny could take to Old Man Norton. Norton dealt with senior VPs who wanted beyond-a-reasonable-doubt-type evidence before they’d go public with fraud charges.
Omaha has trouble holding on to young talent, and the brains tend to drain to the coasts or to Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis, or St. Louis. In the nineties, shortly after Level 3 Communications chose Denver for its headquarters instead of Omaha, Reliable Allied Trust and a lot of other local businesses hired headhunters to conduct nationwide dragnets searching for technology workers. ” In Lenny’s case, the headhunters had found him working at a San Jose electronic-gaming company called City of Dis Entertainment, where he had once made good money as a senior software engineer.
If you let him go—” “Nothing wrong with viaticals, per se,” said Norton, “only the fraudulent ones. ” B E T Y O U R L I F E A two-man job, at least. Look at the setup: an unregulated industry where investors bet on how fast AIDS victims will die. It’s an engraved invitation to start a fraud farm. For instance, suppose you have AIDS, but you don’t have a life insurance policy to sell. No problem. If you don’t look too sick yet, just go in and apply for a life insurance policy. Don’t call attention to yourself by asking for too much money.