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Death Benefits

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,022 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
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.

ebook, 36 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Benjamin Thomas
A nice little short story about an author named Jack Henry who is starting to enter has-been status as a crime fiction novelist and finds himself in debt but willing to do anything to get himself out of it. It's not a John Corey story but that character is mentioned as a detective that Jack Henry has consulted in the past about the best ways to commit a perfect crime. Nelson DeMille is a wonderful story teller with a great sense of humor and the ending of this story is no exception.
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, this is not a John Corey story, but that's okay, Nelson DeMille was writing great stories for more than two decades before introducing Corey in Plum Island.

Jack Henry was a big-name author, but with two costly divorces, a couple of novels that flopped, movie deals that never materialized, and the IRS hitting on him for back taxes, he was staring at bankruptcy. The idea of giving up his lavish lifestyle was unimaginably painful. Inevitably, Henry concluded that the only way to stay
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great short story by one of the best storytellers I have come across. Usually filled with humour and double-entendres, DeMille takes a break and pens this short story all about how a best-selling author tries to solve his insolvency issues, at any cost.

DeMille paints a realistic thought process that surely would cross the mind of a creative writer to solve his largest issues, namely debt and promised bankruptcy.

Kudos Mr. DeMille. I know you've got so many ideas. Keep 'em coming!
Wes Peters
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun little novella where Mr. DeMille gives a short tour de force of his story telling ability. He crafts a setting that will seem familiar to everyone who knows DeMille's John Corey, or has read The Gold Coast, and peoples it with what feel like a couple of side characters from one of his other stories. For DeMille fans, you're in comfortable territory; the characters, the locations all have a familiar feel. For those unfortunate enough to not know DeMille well, this story will be a quick and ...more
Bey Deckard
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, shorty, kindle
Cute quick story that made me laugh out loud at the end :)
Joe Marshall
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short story from DeMille, with delicious irony.
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great short story. Characters and plot hold your attention.
Jerry B
What can you say about an eBook that takes just a few minutes to read, obviously another of these teaser tales to promote what at the time was DeMille’s upcoming novel, “The Panther” (John Corey #6), an obligatory first chapter of which was included.

The story involves a failing author, once a millionaire, whose financial troubles lead him to the brink of bankruptcy. Ironically, his lazy agent is in the same predicament. For some odd reason they have equal, $5 million dollar life insurance polici
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short N 2 The Point!

Cute! Characters fully developed. Interesting plot that straightforwardly reaches an unexpected conclusion. Good 10 minutes short story. Greed is a killer!
Arnold Goldschlager
Weak story

This story has none of the elements that made DeMilles books such page tuners. I was extremely disappointed in this story
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another page turned by DeMille. I really enjoyed this short story, and enjoyed the resolution. I also appreciated the references to John Corey, a mainstay in a number of his books. Well done.
Michael DiPinto
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great quick read

Wonderful subject if your an author, read this and you will understand. I read this quick Little story at read at lunch. And the twists at the end the
A very short comedy with a predictable ending.
Toni Cashon
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Desperate tunnel vision

It's a look and see what people are capable of doing to one another in real life when desperation reaches its pinnacle point.
Lakis Fourouklas
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Jack Henry, a once best-selling author, who lately doesn’t do so well; in fact for the past few years things seem to get from bad to worse.

Jack has written a few critically and commercially successful novels in the past, but his last two books failed miserably, with the results best-felt in his pockets; his empty pockets. He owes half a million dollars in taxes, while he has to pay up to ten thousand dollars a months for his grand mansion in New York City, and to add to that
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here:

The Panther, Nelson DeMille’s newest John Corey book, will be out soon, so to tide us over until then, the author gave us this fun little digital tidbit. Former bestselling author Jack Henry finds himself going over his finances and soon realizes he’s, er, dead broke. His books aren’t quite selling like they used to, and his writing is in a slump. Then he comes across the bill for a premium on a life insurance policy that
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fun short about an author whose career has seen better days. As he faces the inevitability of downscaling in lieu of the chances his work in progress will be the bestseller his last two titles were not, he remembers a life insurance policy taken out on his agent and considers his options.

Includes a short excerpt of THE PANTHER.
Norma Burke
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amusing story.

I love Nelson DeMille's writing. Not only do his books take you deep into an involved plot, but his sense of humor is wicked and sharp. This short story is typical Nelson DeMille, which is why I liked it.
Michele Martin
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this would be good and then I started reading it and thought this sucks. So this morning, I decided to push on through to finish the book since it was "just a short story." Thank you Nelson, you did good work! You didn't let me down.
Mario Kroll
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Cute, quirky mystery/dark comedy that's way too short and feels like more of a plug for DeMille's upcoming The Panther (a teaser chapter of which is included and is as long or longer than this entire short story) than a stand alone. Enjoyed The Book Case, his other recent short story a bit more.
Paul A Hoyt
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Great Read

Another great short story by Nelson DeMile full of surprises and a must read. You will not want to miss this story.
Ben Vogel
Very short. Easy, fun read.
Diana Graham
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ha! loved it!!
Just a short story. Neither too good nor too bad.
Beth Schneider
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great short story! Just reminds me of how excellent of a writer Nelson DeMille actually is.
Andrew Smith
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
An excellent short story from this top flight author. I've read quite a bit of his stuff but this was my first 'short'. It was worth the wait: smart and funny.
A goo short from one of my favorite authors.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is this book reminds you to be careful what you wish for!
Mmartin martin
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
short but fun
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I love Nelson DeMille, but this story was predictable.
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Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille, then moved with his parents to Long Island. He graduated from Elmont Memorial High School, where he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army where he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United S
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