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By Richard Dooling

ISBN-10: 0060505400

ISBN-13: 9780060505400

ISBN-10: 0061723886

ISBN-13: 9780061723889

A terminally sick guy sells his existence insurance plans for inexpensive to an investor who will acquire the entire quantity whilst the unwell guy dies.But is the unwell guy rather ill? 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 stay is prospering. is that this new marketplace within which lifestyles policies are obtained and bought a valid 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 coverage fraud. Carver -- the narrator of this edgy and fabulous novel -- is annoyed. His corporation may particularly elevate rates than prosecute assurance criminals. Miranda, his seductive coworker, leads him on after which places him off -- she turns out to have whatever big to conceal. while their pal, loopy Lenny, a working laptop or computer gamer and knowledgeable with drug-and-alcohol cocktails, dies in the midst of enjoying Delta-Strike on-line, a wierd and anxious narrative unfolds round a potential homicide and big coverage fraud. Carver is drawn deeper into quite a few hearts of darkness, and in his efforts to find the reality at the back of his friend's loss of life, he finally ends up having a bet his personal existence. choked with memorable characterizations -- Carver's boss, the smart outdated guy Norton; Dagmar Helveg, Norton's fascist assistant; local investigator Charlie Becker, a plain-talking, common sense cop -- wager Your existence conducts a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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Miranda laughed whenever Lenny got to riffing on some leftfield theory, like how Dagmar was in Hitler’s inner circle, or how Old Man Norton didn’t really exist because he was made out of microscopic nanobots and computer-generated holographic images propagated by management, or how Blackbird founded the life insurance industry, so we were in for a reprise of the whole story on our way to an alleged rave at the Omaha reservation. Chief Blackbird had reigned during the golden age of the Omahas at the end of the eighteenth century.

Nobody was breathing when she slipped the last card out of the shoe. A five of spades. She let it fall out of her hand like a used dagger. Then she snapped her gum and shrugged, like it was the ninth or tenth time that shift she’d hit a hard sixteen for twenty-one and sucked five dime bets out of a soft fish named Lenny. Lenny was white as a turnip and motionless—like he was buried in wet sand from the neck down. A collective groan from the crowd, and then everybody, including Rosa, moved away from him without saying a word.

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. “Finish up where Lenny left off,” said Norton. “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.

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