The Beneficiary [NOOK Book]

Overview

Set against the backdrop of the Los Angeles riots, this contemporary noir follows a struggling real estate agent who’s cooked up a plan to make a big pot of money. Hanging around a Narcotics Anonymous meeting she finds a former addict struggling through the last stages of AIDS. Offering him support, she mortgages her home and uses the money to buy property in his name. Property she insures. As she waits for him to die so she can collect her big payday, she begins to suspect he ...

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The Beneficiary

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Overview

Set against the backdrop of the Los Angeles riots, this contemporary noir follows a struggling real estate agent who’s cooked up a plan to make a big pot of money. Hanging around a Narcotics Anonymous meeting she finds a former addict struggling through the last stages of AIDS. Offering him support, she mortgages her home and uses the money to buy property in his name. Property she insures. As she waits for him to die so she can collect her big payday, she begins to suspect he may not be everything she thought.

Reviews have called the story "a great suspense tale", "told in tight concise prose with wonderful character development", and "it keeps you turning pages."

10,000 words. Approximate reading time 29 - 41 minutes.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000796207
  • Publisher: Marshall Thornton
  • Publication date: 1/30/2009
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,054,874
  • File size: 103 KB

Meet the Author

Marshall Thornton is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter living in Long Beach, California. He is best known for the Boystown detective series, which received an honorable mention in the 2011 and 2012 Rainbow Awards and was also a finalist for the 2012 Lambda Book Award – Gay Mystery. Other novels include the erotic comedy The Perils of Praline, or the Amorous Adventures of a Southern Gentleman in Hollywood, Desert Run and Full Release. Marshall has an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, where he received the Carl David Memorial Fellowship and was recognized in the Samuel Goldwyn Writing awards. He has also had plays produced in both Chicago and Los Angeles and stories published in The James White Review and Frontier Magazine.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted March 19, 2010

    Noir Lives

    This darkly ironic story recalls 1940's noir classics, both in tone and content. Thornton draws his his characters neatly and creates a sepia-toned, intensely building thrill-ride. Highly recommended.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Great Scot

    The story was great, an old fashion con job being planned and executed, and it holds your interest all the way til the end to see if it worked or not. Splendid.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Great

    What a great ending. She deserved it and more. J.... :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Surprised

    Surprised ending. Who's using who? Liked it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Meh

    It wasn't that great.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Good one!

    Great story,well written. Twists and turns keep the reader interested until the end. Will definitely look for more by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Good

    Dark - loved the ending!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

    The characters are not entirely plausible.  The time setting (&q

    The characters are not entirely plausible.  The time setting ("during the LA riots") added nothing, but it didn't get in the way.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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