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The Beneficiary

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Set during the L.A. riots, this contemporary noir follows a real estate agent who's got a scheme to make a killing. At a Narcotics Anonymous meeting she finds a former addict in the final 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, she begins to suspect he ma ...more
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Published January 30th 2009
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Even a well thought-out plan can go wrong.

A very short but excellent written mystery!

I just can't have enough of of Marshall Thornton.
Ignore me if you don't share my fascination.

Not a romance, but what for an awesome little piece of prose!
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This is a very fast read, or else it's pretty short :)

I was glad it was an inexpensive Kindle-buy, since it probably is more suited to be published in a collection of short stories.

But, the story itself was great! I think I read it in one sitting, and loved the twists. Hard to really LIKE the real estate agent, since she's obviously such a nasty character. So, you end up rooting for your sense of justice to be satisfied. Or, at least I did...

Good story, and would read another.
A very short read. This author has talent. He puts this story together, ties up the ends with no excess fluff, and makes it work. Who needs to read about what this character had for lunch and what she wore, etc? Good twist to the story.
Dawn Snyder
Very short, fun read. I associate the noir style to the 1920s/30s and the James M. Cain books, but this took place in the 1990s and still captured that feel.
Velda Dedeaux
A great short story!!!!
Decent story, rather predictable ending.
Nov 10, 2010 Sue rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
Short story of fraud, deceit, with twists and turns.
short story-inexpensive read on kindle
A very fast, enjoyable read.
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Marshall Thornton is an award-winning novelist, playwright and screenwriter living in Long Beach, California. He is best known for the Boystown detective series, which has been short listed for a Rainbow Award three times and has been a finalist for the Lambda Award for gay mystery twice. Other novels include the erotic comedy The Perils of Praline, or the Amorous Adventures of a Southern Gentlema ...more
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