By Richard Dooling
A terminally in poor health guy sells his existence insurance plans for inexpensive to an investor who will acquire the entire quantity while the ill guy dies.But is the ailing guy fairly in poor health? Does he even exist? within the age of AIDS and no-holds-barred capitalism, the company of having a bet on how for much longer ailing humans will reside is flourishing. is that this new marketplace within which existence policies are got and bought a sound firm, 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 brilliant novel -- is annoyed. His corporation may relatively bring up rates than prosecute coverage criminals. Miranda, his seductive coworker, leads him on after which places him off -- she turns out to have anything giant to conceal. while their buddy, loopy Lenny, a working laptop or computer gamer and a professional with drug-and-alcohol cocktails, dies in the course of enjoying Delta-Strike on-line, an odd and hectic 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 dying, he finally ends up making a bet his personal lifestyles. full of memorable characterizations -- Carver's boss, the sensible previous guy Norton; Dagmar Helveg, Norton's fascist assistant; neighborhood investigator Charlie Becker, a plain-talking, common-sense cop -- wager Your existence conducts a stealthy philosophical research of its personal, within which our hero finally ends up investigating the mysteries of his soul.
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How her dad had artiﬁcial ankles and knees because rheumatoid arthritis had turned his joints to wormwood. How her mom had to take panic-attack and antianxiety drugs because she had agoraphobia << 45 >> and had to live on a farm nine miles outside of Ottumwa and was terriﬁed of the huge blue sky soaring to inﬁnity in all four directions. How her only sister, Annette, needed skin grafts to patch the holes where the giant mole had been. ” I knew Miranda sent money home to them, knew she had investments, didn’t know what kind.
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. I once chased a woman all over town for months only to ﬁnd out she was in love with a married man and sworn to vows of absolute secrecy. Worse, she intended to be faithful to the faithless rat. Lenny’s theory was that Miranda’s apparent chastity was a Catholic thing, even though he and I had both been raised that way, and we’d dated lots of good Catholic girls for whom sex and piety coexisted in harmony.
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. 4 DELTA-STRIKE The Audi was mostly quiet during the hop across the river back to Omaha. I felt sorry for Lenny, but I also knew that nothing short of cash could repair the ﬁscal carnage wrought by Lady Luck and her nymphet daughter Charlize. Lenny was already into me for ﬁfteen hundred dollars, money I’d see in six months if he found a job right away, and I had interest running on my own debts.
Bet Your Life by Richard Dooling