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The Policy (4 Cassettes)

The Policy (4 Cassettes)

by Patrick Lynch, Sandra Burr
     
 
When ProvLife, a successful life insurance company, expands into health care coverage, Alex Tynan, a young financial analyst employed by the company, becomes suspicious.

First of all, the statistics of the policyholders seem contrived and unrealistic. Alex also notices several of her colleagues suddenly make enormous amounts of money, while she must care for

Overview

When ProvLife, a successful life insurance company, expands into health care coverage, Alex Tynan, a young financial analyst employed by the company, becomes suspicious.

First of all, the statistics of the policyholders seem contrived and unrealistic. Alex also notices several of her colleagues suddenly make enormous amounts of money, while she must care for her aging mother and support herself on an entry-level salary. Then a company executive is found dead, after behaving bizarrely for weeks. When Alex is linked romantically to the dead man, she realizes that she has been set up in some kind of sinister game being played behind the closed doors of ProvLife.

With violence exploding all around her and someone shadowing her every move, Alex plunges into no-man's-land where she can trust no one and nothing - not even the astounding facts that are staring her right in the face.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
How does a third-rate life insurance company in America's smallest state stop losing money and start raking in profits? They cheat. And kill. Take a brilliant scam that makes big bucks for top execs, a foolproof plan to move millions of dollars nearly risk-free into health-care (so credible that readers will suspect their own insurers), a deadly security enforcer--and add a poor 20-ish beauty fresh from grad school to gum up the works--and you get a top-notch thriller. Rhode Island's Provlife has skyrocketing profits and the lowest payouts in the industry when it makes a move into health insurance. Lovely Alex Tynan, a lowly new actuary, stumbles into a suspect stat, asks the wrong people the right questions and gets her bosses' attention in a bigger way than she imagined. A top v-p's fatal "accident" sends his secret mistress to Alex with tales of millions and a stolen computer printout. After the mistress turns up drowned, Alex unravels the computer text, dodging killers up to the final shoot-out in a Newport mansion. Assured writing and a sublimely sneaky imagination casts an actuary (arguably the mousiest occupation on the books) as the star of this nail-biter. The wintry Rhode Island setting is cut like a Cranston accent, while cold corporate games, masquerading as camaraderie, cast an icy menace throughout the proceedings. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Alex Tynan is having a bad month. First, she is mistaken for the mistress of a ProvLife insurance executive who dies under mysterious circumstances. Then, while performing her actuarial duties at ProvLife she finds a strange statistical coincidence involving heart attacks and convertibles. After some research Alex determines that several executives within the company are creating phony insurance policies and pocketing the money. On top of that, someone is trying to kill her before she can figure out the scam. This story has the makings of a thriller, but Sandra Burr's delivery is boring. Even the surprise ending doesn't make a lot of sense. It is possible that the problems with the program are a result of the abridgment, but readers may want to look elsewhere for their mystery fix. Not recommended.--Danna Bell-Russel, Natl. Digital Lib., Lib. of Congress, Washington, DC
Kirkus Reviews
Intelligently crafted thriller that succeeds at making the most monotonous industry in America fascinating and believably menacing. This third suspense tale from Lynch steps away from the medical focus of his previous work (Omega, 1997; Carriers, 1995) to explore the tedious affairs of a distinguished Providence, Rhode Island, insurance company. The potential for boredom is great, especially since Lynch's heroine, Alexandra Tynan, is a number-cruncher specializing in actuarial studies. But, luckily, Lynch has a reporter's eye for telling detail. The story opens on a cozy Christmas when the rest of the world lolls in holiday sentiment but insurance executive Michael Eliot frets about the imminent car accidents and slip-and-fall injuries due to increased snowfall. When heþs informed that a routine analysis of his genetic makeup indicates the likelihood of a deadly disease, Huntingtonþs Chorea, Eliot decides to escape his dull job. He converts his assets to cash, only to die a week later in an apparently accidental electrocution. Alex Tynan, an appropriately young, brilliant analyst, was friendly with Eliot's lover, Liz Foster. Eager to console her shattered friend, Alex notices an attach‚ case left by Eliot in Liz's care. Liz opens the case to find money and securities, winning the attention of the chief claims investigator and Donald Grant, the first of several bad guys. Alex smells a rat when her friends and fellow executives begin to disappear or suffer fatal accidents at a rate suspiciously above average. Could all this have anything to do with a genetic-screening lab whose margin of error is much too wide, or are lies and statistics covering up an even darker scam? Awell-balanced examination of the hypocrisy, bad science, and old-fashioned greed that driveþand crippleþthe American insurance industry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567400793
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Edition description:
Unabridged, 4 cassettes, 12 hrs.
Product dimensions:
4.33(w) x 7.08(h) x 1.71(d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Lynch is a pseudonym for Philip Sington and Gary Humphreys, whose previous novels, Carriers and Omega were both national bestsellers. Carriers was made into a TV movie and Omega has been optioned by Universal. The authors divide their time between London and the South of France.

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