Death Benefit

Death Benefit

Book - 2011
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Behind the prim gates of the Greenwich, Connecticut, McMansions, Wall Street whizzes turn their attentions from mortgages to another possible profit source: the $25 trillion life-insurance industry. By securitizing the policies of the old and sick, they hope to make another financial killing. At the same time, Natalie Savondnik and Ronald Goodall-two exceptional yet aloof medical residents-are working closely with their medical center's premier scientist on cutting-edge diabetes research. When their mentor dies suddenly, they launch a quiet investigation. As they dig deeper, it becomes clear that the scientist's death was not from natural causes. Is it possible someone is manipulating private life insurance information to allow investors to benefit from the deaths of others?
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons , 2011
ISBN: 9780399157462
0399157468
Branch Call Number: Fiction Cook
Characteristics: 416 p. ; 24 cm

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StarGladiator
Oct 03, 2013

Actually, there's nothing particularly original with Cook's plot; banks and financial services companies have long been securitizing insurance policies, with AIG and JPMorgan Chase leading the way - - they are called mortality derivatives, q-Forwards, etc., and they even have indexes which track their performance.

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meb42
Nov 08, 2012

I couldn't finish this book and I've read most of Robin Cook's other works. It was too dark with both the good guys and the bad guys. I didn't find it enjoyable. I hope his next one is better. I already have it on hold.

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Harmanc
Jul 16, 2012

This book starts off with some promise and a bit of intrigue, but there isn't a whole lot of closure at the end. There's the usual over-the-top bad rich guy, and if it's set in New York there's a predictable appearance by some recurring characters (which was a stretch). The ending felt like Cook was trying to wrap it up and make his deadline. It's entertaining enough, but not "Wow!"

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