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Death Benefits

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2002

    Read It! You'll Like It!

    Having read and loved all the Jane Whitfield books, it always starts out as a disappointment when outstanding author, Thomas Perry, is writing about a different 'hero'. Also as usual, there's no cause for alarm. The characters and plot in Death Benefits are every bit as good - quirky enough to be interesting but real enough to be believable and likable. Nowadays there seems to be a choice of only two unsatisfactory extremes in the detective mystery/suspense category (and I read a lot of them). There are the overly complicated but mediocre,far fetched, hole filled plots dependant on gratutious sex and gory violence to get by vs. the 'cutesy', and/or filled with angst, female mystery solvers in unbelievable occupations . Thomas Perry is the exception, and it is devoutly to be hoped that he never falls into that trap.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent investigative thriller

    In Pasadena, California, insurance agent Ellen Snyder approves the payment of the twelve million-dollar death benefit to an impostor. Not long afterward, Ellen vanishes somewhere between the nearby airport and apparently LA. The impostor has also disappeared. A stunned McClaren Life and Casualty hires private investigator Max Stillman to investigate the fraud. <P> After making inquiries in both the Pasadena and the San Fransicso based home office, Max successfully recruits John Walker, an analyst working for his client, to assist him on the case. Max believes John can help him because he amorously knew Ellen when they were trainees. John agrees to help because he believes the woman he still loves is innocent of any wrongdoing. With opposite motives, John and Max begin a trek around the country in an effort to locate the money and the two culprits behind the felony. <P>If anyone had doubts that no one does suspense thrillers better than Thomas Perry does, just read the exciting, action-packed and character driven DEATH BENEFITS. Only a great writer with the talent of Mr. Thomas can turn insurance companies and related fraud seem glamorous and exhilarating, but that is what the author accomplishes in this fabulous tale. Max and John make a powerful team even as their individual traits make them seem like real people. The who-done-it is cleverly designed from the start, when Ellen flees into the night, and never eases up as the audience has another mystery from one of the genre greats. <P>Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Excellent!

    Very well done!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    A tale of treachery.

    This book was very clever and loads of fun; a maze of twists and turns. Stillman and Walker comprised an adept and brainy duo, with Casey adding an engaging touch of quick-witted electronic sharpness and expertise. Those of you who love page turners should pick this one up.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    I look forward to sequels. The characters and premise are great

    I look forward to sequels. The characters and premise are great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    Recommended

    An excellent book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

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    Awesome read

    While it started a little slow, by the end of the book it was definately one that I couldn't put down. The plot is very well developed, exciting to read and full of twists and surprises. Character development is good, I'm surprised that this isn't a series to be honest.
    This was my first Thomas Perry book and after reading this one, I'm looking forward to my next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2001

    Insurance can be exciting.

    This is the first Thomas Perry novel I've ever read, and I'm apparently missing out. This is one of those rare books from which you don't look up until you are done!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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