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Death Benefits Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2001
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When a security man named Max Stillman plucks Walker out of the office pool and dragoons him into investigating a fraud against the McClaren Life and Casualty, Walker's previously safe life takes a new and potentially dangerous turn. As the pair begin searching for the missing employee, who signed off on the huge (and phony) payoff of a death claim, and follow her to a grave in a Midwestern wheat field, Walker discovers talents he never knew he had and a thirst for vengeance. With the mysterious Stillman, he tracks the conspirators to a New Hampshire village and an explosive and shocking conclusion to a fraud that's much older than either of the men might have guessed. Like Don Winslow, whose California Fire and Life also focused on insurance fraud, Perry manages to make even the dusty back corners of the corporate world a likely setting for mystery and mayhem. This is a sharp, suspenseful, successful debut for a pair of unlikely compatriots, marked by Perry's edgy, noirish style, lively dialogue, and superb pacing. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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After making inquiries in both the Pasadena and the San Fransicso based home office, Max successfully recruits John Walker, an analyst working for his client, to assist him on the case. Max believes John can help him because he amorously knew Ellen when they were trainees. John agrees to help because he believes the woman he still loves is innocent of any wrongdoing. With opposite motives, John and Max begin a trek around the country in an effort to locate the money and the two culprits behind the felony.
If anyone had doubts that no one does suspense thrillers better than Thomas Perry does, just read the exciting, action-packed and character driven DEATH BENEFITS. Only a great writer with the talent of Mr. Thomas can turn insurance companies and related fraud seem glamorous and exhilarating, but that is what the author accomplishes in this fabulous tale. Max and John make a powerful team even as their individual traits make them seem like real people. The who-done-it is cleverly designed from the start, when Ellen flees into the night, and never eases up as the audience has another mystery from one of the genre greats.
Some reviewers have had a problem with the ending, but I found it a unique twist. Yes, one must suspend disbelief when reading; but, what fun thriller doesn't require that? The ending is a bit abrupt; but, you gotta stop the story sometime.
This is a great book to read at the beach or while travelling. It sure helped me pass a couple long train rides.
As Max begins his questioning of the employees, he comes to the discovery of John Walker, the young claims analyst who once had an affair with the missing co-worker.
Shocked that he has been chosen to accompany Max, John, tries to understand why he is in this mess, and as the pieces fall into place, he finds out that Ellen disappeared quickly after paying a large insurance claim to an imposter.
As the two men work together, one looking to clear Ellen's name and the other looking to convict her, they will uncover an evil conspiracy neither is prepared for.
"Death Benefits" is a first-rate, fast paced thriller, that can NOT be put down. From page one the reader is hurled into a maze of unexpected danger, double-crosses, mysterious characters and un-bearable suspense.
Thomas Perry author of several very good thrillers, none of which compare to this, has written a breakout novel that thriller readers should dive into.
"Death Benefits" deserves a spot on all the bestseller list's!
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5 stars because this author is one great story teller! Keeps you guessing right up to the end. Very good plotting and characterization. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Trent
Whenever I find myself disappointed by a novel I'm currently reading, I go back to a favorite and reread that. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Austen lover
I have read and enjoyed most of Perry's novels, but this one definitely should be avoided.Published 2 months ago by James M. Doyle, Jr.
Another masterpiece by the master of the thriller, this time with an insurance scam back drop.Published 3 months ago by The Known Ranger
I love some of Thomas Perry's books, and this is one of them. This is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller about a segment of business and a little known subculture in our... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Soul Searcher
Perry is always dark and deep. If you also love a character-driven tale with talons out and wings folded back this for you.Published 8 months ago by L. J. Pierfelice
Intriguing account of death benefits
Characters in counter small town crooks, shysters, and relationships in their investigations, as well as murder . Read more
I truly loved this book. It was the first I had read by Thomas Perry, so now I'm reading another!Published 11 months ago by Marcia Goldstein