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Death Benefits download ebook
ISBN:
0375506772
ISBN13:
978-0375506772
Author:
Thomas Perry
Publisher:
Random House; 1st ed/1st printing edition (January 2001)
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1170 kb
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Category:
Thrillers & Suspense
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Rating:
4.5

I've been a fan of Thomas Perry's work since his first book, Butcher's Boy. Perry is one of the rare writers who never inflicts himself on his material, but rather allows the characters to evolve and speak for themselves.

I've been a fan of Thomas Perry's work since his first book, Butcher's Boy. His writing is spare, never cluttered, and his characters are always fully realized and highly distinctive. Death Benefits is a fine example of a writer at peak form.

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That book turned me onto Thomas Perry as a thriller writer.

A careful, methodical young data analyst for a California insurance. That book turned me onto Thomas Perry as a thriller writer. I'd rate it a strong 5 because it was all so wonderfully inventive, with every character, from Dr. Henry Metzger to Ben Porterfield, believably eccentric funny.

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In Death Benefits, Perry gives us another stunning suspense story with writing that is, as. .Thomas Perry won an Edgar for The Butcher's Boy, and Metzger's Dog was one of The New York Times' Notable Books of the Year.

In Death Benefits, Perry gives us another stunning suspense story with writing that is, as the Los Angeles Times said, as sharp as a sushi knife. His other books include The Face-Changers, Shadow Woman, Dance for the Dead, and Vanishing Act. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.

Thomas Perry (born 1947) is an American mystery and thriller novelist. He received a 1983 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel. Perry's work has covered a variety of fictional suspense starting with The Butcher's Boy, which received a 1983 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel, followed by Metzger's Dog, Big Fish, Island, and Sleeping Dogs

In Death Benefits, Perry gives us another stunning suspense story with writing that is, as the . Thomas Perry won an Edgar Award for The Butcher’s Boy, and Metzger’s Dog was one of the New York Times’s Notable Books of the Year. Also by Thomas Perry. See all books by Thomas Perry. His other books include The Face-Changers, Shadow Woman, Dance for the Dead, and Vanishing Ac.More about Thomas Perry.

When gruff and intimidating security consultant Max Stillman appears without warning in the San Francisco office of McClaren Life and Casualty and begins asking questions and scrutinizing files, the employees can't help wondering just which of them he's been hired to investigate.

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. When gruff and intimidating security consultant Max Stillman appears without warning in the San Francisco office of McClaren Life and Casualty and begins asking questions and scrutinizing files, the employees ca. When gruff and intimidating security consultant Max Stillman appears without warning in the San Francisco office of McClaren Life and Casualty and begins asking questions and scrutinizing files, the employees can't help wondering just which of them he's been hired to investigate

Reviews:
  • Faulkree
Thomas Perry is a great author of Thrillers. He writes more than one set of characters in his several 'series' outings like THE BUTCHERS BOY and the Jane Whitefield books. Each of his major characters is different from the others and each of them is satisfying. The protagonist in this book, perhaps a one-off rather than a series, is insurance company statistical analyst John Walker. Young and handsome, Walker is not geared to be an action hero. Unlike the Butcher's Boy, his last line of thought is to ''shoot first and live longer.' The GREAT character is this novel is Max Stillman. He just about moves in and takes over the space. John is carried along in his wake as Max hunts down a perpetrator of an inside fraudulent death benefits claim. Even Max is very reluctant to use firearms...and this is a murder plus fraud investigation! Is this a Thomas Perry book? With the enigmatic but good-living Max along the action is refreshing and John learns a lot of practical tips about both living and detection. And they do find action...more than they expected!

Critical commentators have a point of sorts, which gets simplified into 'Not Up To His Usual Standards.' Perry wants to tell a thriller story but one with a serious subtext about the need to 'be alive' in your career, especially day by day rather than shuffling onward to some distant lofty place or some 'might never make it that far' retirement. In that service, the book begins with ace insurance saleswoman Ellen Snyder. She has a long-range plan and distractions like love and family and the joys of daily life don't have a place in it. We meet her on her way to an important client meeting when she begins to feel a sense of insecurity about something. Soon enough we find that someone is using her identity in the death benefits fraud scheme. Since she and John Walker recently joined McClaren Life and Casualty and they trained together and were in a hook-up relationship everyone in the class knew about, John enters the frame as a suspect or as someone who could help Max Stillman understand how Ellen fits into the scheme.

From there on, the story does refer to and incorporates other thriller themes: John is sent to Florida to expedite hurricane damage claims. Next, the action shifts to a scenic and seemingly traditional New England town. Max and John recombine and have to use their wits more than the weapons that they don't bring along. They are more insensitive than the normal reader is to a key problem with the New England village they find themselves in...and that keeps the reader uncomfortable: 'why can't they see THAT!'

For me, these are quibbles along the way to and entertaining read and a useful prodding to 'get my life's priorities right.'
  • Black_Hawk_Down.
I've been a fan of Thomas Perry's work since his first book, Butcher's Boy. Perry is one of the rare writers who never inflicts himself on his material, but rather allows the characters to evolve and speak for themselves. His writing is spare, never cluttered, and his characters are always fully realized and highly distinctive. Death Benefits is a fine example of a writer at peak form. Aside from a truly intriguing plot line that extrapolates on the possibilities of misusing life insurance that have not (at least to my knowledge) previously been explored, we have a central character who, at the age of twenty-four, grows up within the pages of this book--ably and entertainingly pulled along by the fascinating Stillman and the clever Serena. What I particularly liked about the character of Stillman, aside from his ingenuity, is his humor and wisdom. There's a lot of truth about life, and about the process of personal growth in these pages. Much as I enjoyed it, though, I found the "bad guys" to be rather an implausible creation. That said, this is a thoughtful and entertaining book, and the last hundred pages of Death Benefits make for a breathless ride. Highly recommended.
  • Yahm
Gripping plot, fascinating characters, a fine page-turner. All is very well until the last few pages, when Perry suddenly seems to lose interest and wraps everything up at a dizzying, too fast pace. One wants to savor the conclusions and next steps for the characters in more detail and context. But a good read; just prepare to be tossed out of this intriguing fictional world unceremoniously.
  • Whilingudw
one of the things that is entertaining about thomas perry's writing is the variation he achieves from one novel to the next. constant are the suspense and the high-quality writing. this one manages to make the dull world of insurance underwriting come alive with thrilling action as the two protagonists follow leads that eventually take them to a small town where the local business is crime. I was delighted to be thrilled and entertained from the beginning, but be warned that this is the type of book that may cause you to miss your bed time.
  • avanger
I recently read Perry's Silence and didn't think much of it. It was formulaic and parts were difficult to believe. Death benefits is the opposite. Quirky, fast paced a surprise around every corner. The insurance analyst gets involved in an insurance conspiracy scam. He transforms from a Clark Kent almost into a man of steel. There is lots of action, a little sex and romance and some unlikely but skilful plot twists. I recommend this book and rank it as one of Perry's best.
  • Raniconne
Only issue is whether to give it a 4 or 5. I really like Thomas Perry and may be unduly biased. On the other hand, everyone I have Recommended him to has liked it. This could have been a series as with Jane Whitfield or the Butchers Boy. So far not. A great reread too.
  • Weetont
I've been a fan of Perry since I picked up the Jane Whitefield novels. He was smart enough to realize that they had pretty much run their course (many authors aren't). Thomas Perry moved on to a new set of characters. There is some of the same race-around-the-country, find-anyone feeling, but not too much.
Mr. Perry has put in a fair amount of intelligence, too. In many of the interactions between the two main characters (Walker, who is inexperienced and Stillman who is an old pro) Walker figures out why Stillman is or is not doing something or why Stillman did or did not ask something. The conclusion always leads to an "aha" moment, but it isn't spoon fed to the reader.
I found the female lead a delight. She's sassy, smart, gutsy and when the time is right, quite feminine.
Other reviewers will tell you all you need to know about the plot. This reviewer is recommending the book because it was such an enjoyable read.