The Death Bet Synopsis
Blaine Stone is on the verge of retirement from his uneventful government job as an insurance examiner when he receives a call from a police officer that forever alters his life. The officer suspects the management of one of the companies Blaine covers is murdering policyholders to collect on life insurance contracts. Against his wishes, Blaine is drawn into a twisted plot that turns his personal and professional life upside down. He faces insurmountable odds to survive, let alone solve the mystery of what’s happening in Hidden Rock.
First Granite Mutual Life Insurance Company Headquarters, 3rd Floor Pine Falls, New York “Who the hell is Blaine Stone?” Rupert Parker demanded of Johnny Johnson, the head of Regulatory Affairs. Parker was CEO of First Granite Mutual Life Insurance Company and had just learned an investigation of the company was imminent. He’d cancelled all his meetings and his morning golf lesson. The portly, middle-aged, lifetime employee stood before Parker’s desk and wiped his brow with the sleeve of his white button-down shirt. “A USIFD examiner.”
The STOLI Market
When an investor owns a life insurance policy on a stranger, he makes money at the expense of an unrelated individual; i.e. he collects upon the death of a stranger. The dangers of stranger owned life insurance, or STOLI, have been known for years. To prevent investors from placing wagers on human lives, The English Parliament enacted legislation in the eighteenth century. Similar laws were passed in the United States. Centuries later, the market has been reborn, and investors currently have substantial sums of money at stake. To collect on their investments, they only need one thing to happen: for people to die.
About the Author
lives on the West Coast with his dog, Alfred. He enjoys cool, early morning lake dips, followed by steaming double espressos. He is an avid fan of spicy chili, Brazilian cheese bread, Crimson Tide football and any well written book.
What Do Reviewers Say?
The Death Bet is a stand-out read for anyone into fast-paced mysteries."- Portland Book Reivew
The Death Bet is tailor-made for those who like business espionage with some high-octane thrills. Those who appreciate a dash of secret-society mayhem will also enjoy this book a great deal."Foreword Clarion Reviews
The book quickly drew me in, and I absolutely love the parts that were based on the Red Islands. The history the author describes brought the place alive."
The Death Bet holds a compelling, colorful cover design by Megan Baker (MB Productions Maui) that will draw mystery and crime novel readers into the story of a surprise company investigation, a murder, and a complicated business relationship.D. Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review