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Bet Your Life

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A terminally ill man sells his life insurance policy for cheap to an investor who will collect the full amount when the sick man dies. But is the sick man really sick? Does he even exist? In the age of AIDS and no-holds-barred capitalism, the business of betting on how much longer sick people will live is thriving. Is this new market in which life insurance policies are bo ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 5th 2002 by Harper (first published 2002)
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David
Aug 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-fiction
Double Indemnity for the stoned slacker generation. I read it on a trans-oceanic flight and it made the ordeal almost endurable. I generally force myself to read self-improving books, but sometimes you just need a mystery. I consoled my receding intellect with the thought that I learned more about the viatical settlement market, a gruesome and shady sub-industry of the insurance field, than I'll ever need to know.

This one has a slight case of the idiot plot, meaning, if the main characters in t
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Chuck Neumann
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I was looking forward to "Bet Your Life" because it takes place in my home city of Omaha and the idea of insurance fraud was very interesting. While I liked the book, I was disappointed in it. The main character, the insurance fraud investigator narrating the story, just didn't appeal to me. His superior attitude to everything and nearly everyone turned me off, I couldn't see what he had to be superior about. His "love affair" with a co-worker and his relationship with the victim (another co-wor ...more
Tris Matthews
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Difficult to review this. It was worth reading as it gives lots of information about an interesting topic that I had no idea about (viaticals, insurance). It had quite nice pace and developed the mystery well. But it was somehow difficult to absorb the sentences effortlessly... I had to go back and re-read frequently. Still, it was enjoyable.
MARCONI Urquiza
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Li este livro com surpresa. O seu enredo traz um conhecimento muito interessante da indústria de seguros e de suas artimanhas para não pagar as apólices.
Andrew Duncan
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-books, mystery
Quickly became a reading addiction, and I'm not one to be a fan of mysteries. Actually I avoid mysteries. Wittingly written and had a suspense factor to it as well. Can really easily relate to the characters. Would recommend anyone to read this book. ...more
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