Bet Your Life by Richard Dooling

By Richard Dooling

A terminally in poor health guy sells his existence insurance coverage for inexpensive to an investor who will gather the complete quantity whilst the ailing guy dies.But is the in poor health guy quite ailing? Does he even exist? within the age of AIDS and no-holds-barred capitalism, the company of making a bet on how for much longer ailing humans will reside is prospering. is that this new marketplace during 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 extraordinary novel -- is annoyed. His corporation could particularly bring up charges than prosecute assurance criminals. Miranda, his seductive coworker, leads him on after which places him off -- she turns out to have anything substantial to conceal. while their good friend, loopy Lenny, a working laptop or computer gamer and knowledgeable with drug-and-alcohol cocktails, dies in the course of enjoying Delta-Strike on-line, an odd 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 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 jam-packed with memorable characterizations -- Carver's boss, the intelligent outdated guy Norton; Dagmar Helveg, Norton's fascist assistant; nearby investigator Charlie Becker, a plain-talking, common-sense cop -- wager Your lifestyles conducts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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Asked Lenny’s tinny, NetPhone voice. ” I grabbed the mouse and said, “SnowKiller, everybody knows you got substance abuse problems. ” I grabbed the mouse and pulled up my favorite skin, Dirk Stone, Seal Team 6. 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’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. Or was it a her? That might mean that she couldn’t talk about it, for whatever reason.

His sister and his mom would open his condo with their key and take him in for crisis stabilization and partial hospitalization at the Methodist Richard Young Center, where, after a lithium B E T Y O U R L I F E adjustment and some IV Valium, Lenny would take a seventytwo-hour nap. Three or four days later he’d be back at work and worth every penny Reliable paid him. Norton knew Lenny’s bipolar drills, and knew he was getting Lenny at a bargain rate because of it. Miranda moved away from someone who was smoking, and she seemed distracted and ticked off, probably at Norton.

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