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Death Benefits [Kindle Edition]

Nelson DeMille
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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Sold by: Hachette Book Group

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Book Description

A digital short story from New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille that also includes a preview from his upcoming novel, THE PANTHER

Bestselling author Jack Henry is suddenly on the brink of bankruptcy. With bills mounting and the IRS calling, he realizes that he has a major problem on his hands. But who is to blame for his declining fortunes? Certainly not Jack himself. The fault, he determines, lies with his agent, Stan Wycoff - who takes 15% of everything Jack makes for doing absolutely nothing.

Jack needs a way out of his dire financial predicament - and fast. And then he remembers that both he and his agent have substantial life insurance policies on one another. If Stan were to die unexpectedly, Jack would cash in...

But can a famous crime writer commit the perfect crime?


Product Details

  • File Size: 145 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089EHK66
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,863 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Short, Short, Short Story August 2, 2012
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This is a very, very short little story which then turns into a preview for DeMille's next book release. So you're basically paying to read the free preview.
I enjoyed DeMille's short story called The Book Case; it has substance, style, humor, and enough pages to make a satisfying read. Death Benefits is not much longer than a chapter in a Patterson book, which we all know ain't long.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Mardee
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I, too, am a HUGE Nelson DeMille fan and LOVED The Bookcase. Based upon that purchase, I pre-ordered this expecting great things and, quite honestly, didn't like it at all. It is extremely short, there is none of DeMille's usual humor and the ending wasn't even that much of a surprise. I wish I hadn't purchased it and I am leary of pre-ordering again. I will wait for others to buy and read the reviews first.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By draw
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I can really afford the $1.99 --- that's not the problem. The problem is that this is essentially a promotional piece for DeMille's new book with a very short story (about 60% of the entire piece)thrown in, and as such I feel like I was ripped off. DeMille's work is very good (this short story wasn't that great, though), and I believe he (or most likely his publisher)is doing himself --- and his readership --- a disservice by using Kindle Shorts as a means of promoting new full length books. I didn't sense that was so much the case in the Bookcase short. But if DeMille et al persist in this type of promotion, the piece should be titled "A Look at Nelson's New Book, with a Short Short Story Thrown in" so that his faithful readers will as least know what they're buying.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars total rip off August 8, 2012
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Watching paint dry is a much better use of time. Just a cheap come on for a John Corey future book. Skip it, buy some paint.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VERY short story - Very BIG disappointment September 21, 2012
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As an avid Nelson MeMille reader who has read all his books, this was a huge disappointment. Keep your 2 bucks!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing September 4, 2012
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This book was so bad I didn't even realize I had come to the end.
N. DeMille is one of my favorites but this is way beyond disappointing.
I can't imagine he wrote this!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Short short story September 4, 2012
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This is indeed a short story; in fact it is a short, short, short story and definitely not worth $1.98, but being a Nelson DeMille fan, I bought it. I will be a bit more careful next time. I had previously received a free short story from Amazon, "The Book Case," and enjoyed it. However, this time, while waiting for DeMille's newest book to be released, I fell for this. I did, however, get a sneak preview of the newest to be released in October and am looking forward to reading the entire book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DOA August 26, 2012
By Prince
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Wow, with this purchase you can get your pocket picked without leaving the house. Shame on DeMille!
DeMille was once good enough to chip out a cheesy story like this about an over ripe, failing writer and not have to worry about someone thinking it just might be self referential. But sadly, no more.
His publisher may want to think twice about using writing like this as a bridge piece to his next novel. It can be done well but this was just tiresome and as close to shoddy as I've seen DeMille. I've bought all of his books so far but I may have reached my limit today.
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More About the Author

I was born in New York City in 1943. My father was a Canadian, serving at that time with the American Navy, and my mother was a Brooklyn native, trying to figure out how to grow a Victory Garden for the war effort.

My family moved to Elmont, Long Island, New York in 1947 where my father was a house builder, and my mother was a homemaker raising four boys.
I attended Elmont public schools, played football, ran track, and was on the wrestling team. I graduated Elmont Memorial High School in 1962 and spent the summer at the beach.

I attended Hofstra University, but left before graduation to join the Army in 1966. I served three years in the United States Army as an infantry lieutenant and spent one year in Vietnam as a platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division. You'll see that I used this experience in my novels "Word of Honor" and "Up Country."

After the end of my military service, I returned to Hofstra where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. I married and had two children, Lauren and Alex, and eventually divorced.

I held a series of good and bad jobs between 1970 and 1974, and in that year, for some reason I can't remember, I decided to be a writer. My first books were paperback originals, New York City police detective novels, thankfully all out of print and hard to find.

In 1978, I published my first major novel, "By the Rivers of Babylon," which was a commercial and critical success. Since then, I've written fourteen other novels and had a good time creating my characters John Corey, Ben Tyson (played by Don Johnson in the TNT movie of "Word of Honor"), foxy Emma Whitestone, Paul Brenner (played by John Travolta in the Paramount movie of "The General's Daughter"), sexy Susan Sutter, the never-say-die CIA officer Ted Nash, and my favorite villain, Asad Khalil, a misunderstood Libyan terrorist with unresolved childhood issues.

I am a member of The Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America (past President), American Mensa (thank God I don't have to retake that test), and I hold three honorary doctorate degrees (thank God I didn't have to study for them) from Hofstra University, Long Island University, and Dowling College.
I'm married to the love of my life, Sandy Dillingham, whom I met while I was on a publicity tour in Denver. We have a son, James, two years old, and he's keeping me young.

There's more about me on my website. Thanks for reading about me here, and I hope you enjoy my novels.

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At 39 Pages long, it should probably be considered an Amazon Single (Not sure why it isn't classified as such).
Jul 26, 2012 by J. E. Romeo |  See all 3 posts
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