Death Benefits [NOOK Book]

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A digital short story from New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille that also includes a preview from his upcoming novel, THE PANTHER

Bestselling author Jack Henry is suddenly on the brink of bankruptcy. With bills mounting and the IRS calling, he realizes that he has a major problem on his hands. But who is to blame for his declining fortunes? Certainly not Jack ...
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Overview

A digital short story from New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille that also includes a preview from his upcoming novel, THE PANTHER

Bestselling author Jack Henry is suddenly on the brink of bankruptcy. With bills mounting and the IRS calling, he realizes that he has a major problem on his hands. But who is to blame for his declining fortunes? Certainly not Jack himself. The fault, he determines, lies with his agent, Stan Wycoff - who takes 15% of everything Jack makes for doing absolutely nothing.

Jack needs a way out of his dire financial predicament - and fast. And then he remembers that both he and his agent have substantial life insurance policies on one another. If Stan were to die unexpectedly, Jack would cash in...

But can a famous crime writer commit the perfect crime?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455526840
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 29,659
  • File size: 318 KB

Meet the Author


Nelson DeMille is the author of fifteen acclaimed novels, including the #1New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, and The Gate Houseand New York Times betsellers Wild Fire, The Gold Coast, and The General's Daughter. For more information on the author, you can go toNelsonDeMille.net.

Biography

Nelson DeMille has a dozen bestselling novels to his name and over 30 million books in print worldwide, but his beginnings were not so illustrious. Writing police detective novels in the mid-1970s, DeMille created the pseudonym Jack Cannon: "I used the pen name because I knew I wanted to write better novels under my own name someday," DeMille told fans in a 2000 chat.

Between 1966 and 1969, Nelson DeMille served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. When he came home, he finished his undergraduate studies (in history and political science), then set out to become a novelist. "I wanted to write the great American war novel at the time," DeMille said in an interview with January magazine. "I never really wrote the book, but it got me into the writing process." A friend in the publishing industry suggested he write a series of police detective novels, which he did under a pen name for several years.

Finally DeMille decided to give up his day job as an insurance fraud investigator and commit himself to writing full time -- and under his own name. The result was By the Rivers of Babylon (1978), a thriller about terrorism in the Middle East. It was chosen as a Book of the Month Club main selection and helped launch his career. "It was like being knighted," said DeMille, who now serves as a Book of the Month Club judge. "It was a huge break."

DeMille followed it with a stream of bestsellers, including the post-Vietnam courtroom drama Word of Honor (1985) and the Cold War spy-thriller The Charm School (1988) Critics praised DeMille for his sophisticated plotting, meticulous research and compulsively readable style. For many readers, what made DeMille stand out was his sardonic sense of humor, which would eventually produce the wisecracking ex-NYPD officer John Corey, hero of Plum Island (1997) and The Lion's Game (2000).

In 1990 DeMille published The Gold Coast, a Tom Wolfe-style comic satire that was his attempt to write "a book that would be taken seriously." The attempt succeeded, in terms of the critics' response: "In his way, Mr. DeMille is as keen a social satirist as Edith Wharton," wrote The New York Times book reviewer. But he returned to more familiar thrills-and-chills territory in The General's Daughter, which hit no. 1 on The New York Times' Bestseller list and was made into a movie starring John Travolta. Its hero, army investigator Paul Brenner, returned in Up Country (2002), a book inspired in part by DeMille's journey to his old battlegrounds in Vietnam.

DeMille's position in the literary hierarchy may be ambiguous, but his talent is first-rate; there's no questioning his mastery of his chosen form. As a reviewer for the Denver Post put it, "In the rarefied world of the intelligent thriller, authors just don't get any better than Nelson DeMille."

Good To Know

DeMille composes his books in longhand, using soft-lead pencils on legal pads. He says he does this because he can't type, but adds, "I like the process of pencil and paper as opposed to a machine. I think the writing is better when it's done in handwriting."

In addition to his novels, DeMille has written a play for children based on the classic fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin."

DeMille says on his web site that he reads mostly dead authors -- "so if I like their books, I don't feel tempted or obligated to write to them." He mentions writing to a living author, Tom Wolfe, when The Bonfire of the Vanities came out; but Wolfe never responded. "I wouldn't expect Hemingway or Steinbeck to write back -- they're dead. But Tom Wolfe owes me a letter," DeMille writes.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jack Cannon; Kurt Ladner; Brad Matthews; Michael Weaver; Ellen Kay
    2. Hometown:
      Long Island, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Waste of $2.00

    Terrible story Good news is that it was only 16 painful pages Dont waste your time or money

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    A

    Not worth it. A very short predictable story. Disappointed.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Does not meet expectations!

    I have read all of DeMille's books and while this is a short story it failed miserably. If this had been my first writing to have read by this author I would not have bothered with anything else. Very disappointing.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Ripped Off by B&N

    DeMille and B&N should be ashamed of themselves for charging for this 16 page "short story".

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Waste of money

    Love all his other books but am very disapointed with this one. It took me less than five minutes to read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Super short!!

    Not worth it!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Too Short Story

    I was disappointed in that Death Benefits was a mere 17 pages. Nelson DeMille has been known to weave an interesting and great tale. This was duped! Where does it say that it is 36 pages. Most were for the sample of The Panther.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Predictable

    If you didn't notice, this is only a 36 page "book". It's predictable and I had it figured out in the first few pages. Disappointing read from my favorite author Nelson DeMille.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Story is only 16 pages long- not recommended

    Very diappointed, Mr.DeMille! For 1.99, I bought a shallow short story and a 21 page extract of your next book, which will be free, anyway. I will borrow your books from the library from now on as I feel cheated!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Major rip off

    I can't believe this, what a disappointment

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Short story!

    I mistakenly thought this was a novella. Instead it was a short story. But this is DeMille! So it was great even though close to the end I guessed how it would end. Anything DeMille is good.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    PROBLEM

    Love the author, but bought the book to find it was only 34 pages. Totally don't get it!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    I bought this book as I LOVE the writing of Nelson Demille. I w

    I bought this book as I LOVE the writing of Nelson Demille. I was not happy that I had spent $1.99 for 16 pages of writing, I felt like I had been totally ripped off.
    I have certainly learned a valuable lesson, that is to research Nook books better so I am not ripped off again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Sabrina

    "She sure seemed to know you."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Death

    No

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    ecsc

    Short read, predictable ending, even tho it was good to clear your mind for or from an indepth book.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    An interesting short story with a not unpredictable ending.

    An interesting short story with a not unpredictable ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Empty.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Excellent read

    It is short but quite a good read. Reminded me of "NO COMEBACKS'

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Great short story

    Another DeMille triumph. The story starts out being pretty straight forward and then, at the last minute, takes several great twists for a shocking ending. Loved it!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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