Bet Your Life by Richard Dooling
By Richard Dooling
A terminally in poor health guy sells his lifestyles insurance plans for inexpensive to an investor who will gather the complete quantity whilst the ailing guy dies.But is the in poor health guy rather 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 ailing humans will dwell is flourishing. is that this new marketplace during which lifestyles policies are acquired 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 assurance fraud. Carver -- the narrator of this edgy and unbelievable novel -- is annoyed. His corporation could quite bring up charges than prosecute assurance criminals. Miranda, his seductive coworker, leads him on after which places him off -- she turns out to have whatever gigantic to conceal. whilst their pal, loopy Lenny, a working laptop or computer gamer and a professional with drug-and-alcohol cocktails, dies in the midst of taking part in Delta-Strike on-line, an odd and traumatic narrative unfolds round a potential homicide and large 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 loss of life, he finally ends up having a bet his personal lifestyles. jam-packed with memorable characterizations -- Carver's boss, the wise outdated guy Norton; Dagmar Helveg, Norton's fascist assistant; local investigator Charlie Becker, a plain-talking, common sense cop -- wager Your lifestyles conducts a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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5 minutes to plan and execute a siege, kill Lenny, and rescue the VIP. Delta-Strike is money-driven: A thousand-dollar ﬁne for each wound incurred or hostage accidentally killed. Head shots are fatal, game over, unless you’re part of a clan, in which case a head shot turns you into a spectator. I didn’t scrimp on ﬁrepower, because I’ve been caught far from home too many times with nothing but melee weapons. I bought a Kevlar vest, two concussion grenades (ﬂash bangs), and a Benelli M3 Super 90 shotgun.
He was drunk enough to say what we all knew. Lately she’d been letting me chase her more than she let him. Not that it ever led to anything more than occasionally smashing mouths and breathing heavy. My used Explorer was in the shop, and I was looking forward to some quality time alone with Miranda on the way back to my place—I could ask her in for a drink, and she could say no. ” Lenny looked more deranged than usual, and Miranda worried me with one of her looks, like I was supposed to crawl out of the car and carry Lenny on my back out to Father Flanagan’s Boystown.
She kissed her ﬁngertip and touched it to my lips. “Thanks. I’ll call him, too,” she said. I climbed out. She wiped her ﬁnger off on the custom leather seat and drove away. I got the mail out of my box and trudged up to 202B, the enigma of Miranda playing over and over in my head. Some of the biggest lies get told with nobody saying a word. << 53 >> She wasn’t that way. She seemed genuinely conﬂicted about sex, or sex with me—I had to ﬁnd out which. If she was involved with someone else, she didn’t talk about him.