By Richard Dooling
A terminally ailing guy sells his existence insurance plans for inexpensive to an investor who will gather the complete volume while the unwell guy dies.But is the unwell guy fairly in poor health? 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 unwell humans will reside is flourishing. is that this new industry within 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 fantastic novel -- is annoyed. His corporation could fairly bring up rates than prosecute assurance criminals. Miranda, his seductive coworker, leads him on after which places him off -- she turns out to have anything big to conceal. whilst their buddy, loopy Lenny, a working laptop or computer gamer and a professional with drug-and-alcohol cocktails, dies in the midst of enjoying Delta-Strike on-line, an odd and stressful narrative unfolds round a potential homicide and big assurance fraud. Carver is drawn deeper into numerous hearts of darkness, and in his efforts to find the reality in the back of his friend's dying, he finally ends up making a bet his personal lifestyles. packed with memorable characterizations -- Carver's boss, the clever outdated guy Norton; Dagmar Helveg, Norton's fascist assistant; local investigator Charlie Becker, a plain-talking, common-sense cop -- guess Your lifestyles conducts a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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We’ll? As in him and Miranda? But before I could ask him, Lenny’s cell phone rang. It was somebody named Planet, in Sioux City, Iowa, calling to tell us that the tribal police had busted the rave and were searching cars and arresting ravers. We turned around and headed back south, while Lenny pulled out a glass pipe and a bud. Miranda didn’t like that, but I think she cut him slack because of his reduced circumstances. She opened the windows and drove ﬁve miles under the speed limit, even though Lenny said that would put her right in the Iowa State Patrol’s proﬁle for somebody with drugs.
Indians and white men alike admired him, because he was well educated and half French. Once Fontenelle signed, all the other chiefs did, too. Maybe Logan Fontenelle knew some English and had done some reading, but he should have had his lawyer look the thing over and play with the wording before he signed it. ” The day after signing the treaty, President Franklin D. Pierce must have B E T Y O U R L I F E deemed the promised protection unnecessary, because when it came time for the big move to the reservation, no protection had been provided.
He came back with a shot of Glensomething and cash on the barrel for another black-and-gold chip. He slid the chip out to cover the second eight, just in time for Charlize to turn—gasps all around—a third eight. Lenny pondered the layout for all of ten seconds before leaving for the ATM again, and the spectators began arranging themselves for better views of the high-stakes contest. ” Miranda asked me. ” “He knows what he’s doing,” I said. “She’s got a six up. ” said Rosa. ” whispered Miranda. ” Lenny returned with ﬁnancing and a shot of Grand Marnier for Miranda.