Death Benefits

  • by Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by Michael Kramer
  • 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A careful, methodical young data analyst for a California insurance company, John Walker knows when people will marry, at what age they will most likely have children, and when they will die. All signs point to a long successful career---until Max Stillman, a gruff security consultant, appears without warning at the office. It seems a colleague with whom Walker once had an affair has disappeared after paying a very large death benefit to an impostor. Stillman wants to find and convict her; Walker is convinced the woman is innocent. Now Walker teams up with Stillman on an urgent north-by-northeast race---relentlessly leading to a pay-off that just might shock the life out of him.

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What the Critics Say

"Compelling...A labyrinthine tale of murder [and] conspiracy." (People)

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Customer Reviews

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My favorite book from one of my favorite authors.

Death Benefits is a well crafted, suspensful mystery. The story brings us from California, to Florida to New England. It starts with an ambitious,young business woman out to make a sale. She seems as real a person so me, as one of my collegues. (Okay maybe a little more aggressive) But I had a real sense of who she was and even liked her.

Then she is gone. Next we meet two very interesting men who are characters, interesting, funny and real.

Thomas Perry is a master of stringing details around the story to hook up in and keep us hanging on. Of course, he brings us to a surprise ending.

I love this book.

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- Julie

Perry has me on a roll!

I was not a fan of Perry, though I had read and enjoyed 2 or 3 of his Butcher Boy novels. In my constant search for great audio experiences, I ran across a thoughtful review from Stephen King. He said there were less than a handful of suspence writers who created believable characters and Perry is is one of them.

Death Benefits certainly fits that description. It is a fast paced, fun, sexy ride. I found myself emotionally attached to the characters, so much so the story became secondary. That is a good thing, because I found the conclusion unbeleivable. Nevertheless I give it 5 stars overall based on how riveted I was to the book.
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- Charles Atkinson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio