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Death Benefits by Thomas Perry

Death Benefits (1999)

by Thomas Perry

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Most unusual setting for a mystery to be uncovered - an insurance office. The investigators were quirky enough to be worth a read in the next book. ( )
  Pmaurer | Jul 12, 2018 |
Good characters and an unusual plot. ( )
  maryhollis | Feb 20, 2017 |
This book is about insurance fraud and claims analysis. Yawning yet? Be in for a surprise as Thomas Perry weaves a terrific investigative tale built around precisely those seemingly soporific plot elements. Max Stillman, a new character for Perry, and John Walker, an insurance analyst who's really good with numbers, team up to discover how a man could impersonate another to make off with millions in death benefits. What they uncover has much larger ramifications and leads them to a town in New Hampshire with a rather sordid past. Mix in Serena, a.k.a Mary Katherine, a delightfully vampish hacker, and all the ingredients are there for a fun read.

Listened to as an audio book that had me sitting in the driveway much too much to hear what was next. Read by a favorite reader, Michael Kramer. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
This wasn't bad. It wasn't exceptional, but it didn't leave me feeling annoyed that I had read it all the way through. I will probably try a few more Thomas Perry books.

I found the insurance part of this somewhat off, but that's what I do for a living but one should always expect errors of this kind unless the author used to have as a career the one he is writing about.

Walker and Mary were OK characters. Stillman was a teensy bit of a cliche. The apparent deus ex machina wasn't explained well enough at the end - just one glancing sentence - but it was still acceptable. And it took me until the time the characters started to get their research right to figure out what was going on.

All in all, an acceptable book and, as I said, I will definitely try some more Thomas Perry. ( )
  Tonestaple | Jan 31, 2013 |
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Fans of Thomas Perry's popular series featuring Jane Whitefield, the Seneca Indian woman who helps people disappear (The Face-Changers, Shadow Woman, et al.) may be disappointed when they discover that Death Benefits doesn't feature the heroine who has won this writer so many new readers. But the disappointment won't last longer than the first page of this intriguing and extremely well-written new thriller, whose hero, John Walker, a data analyst for a large insurance company, deserves a series of his own.

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

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California insurance data analyst John Walker is approached by security consultant Max Stillman, who tells Walker that a colleague with whom Walker had an affair has disappeared after paying a huge benefit to an impostor. Stillman wants to find her and convict her; Walker is convinced the woman is innocent. Teaming up, Walker and Stillman are in an urgent race to track her down.… (more)

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