A Vietnam veteran working in insurance in Phoenix, notices an ominous claims trend as he does routine checks. There are too many people dying in odd ways. An investment banker has found a way to kill for money and intends to prevent it being uncovered in any way.
"Norman Bloodstone likes money, and he likes to kill to make it. Dana Quinn is a greedy insider at Trans Patriot Insurance. She feeds--not quite literally--the victims to Bloodstone, who poses as an investment banker, but the only assets he'll increase are his own. Noting all the victims and the payouts is Luther Sitasy, a Vietnam vet and recovering alcoholic, who is now a claims manager at Trans Patriot. As Luther investigates, he pictures himself in his wartime mode as hunter; he's also the prey as Bloodstone determines to eliminate the threat Luther's inquiry raises. When Bloodstone moves against Luther's daughter Mikki, they both settle into a predatory mind-set and race toward an exciting and explosive conclusion. Author Silver is an insurance professional and draws on his knowledge of the industry to provide a plausible backdrop for a greedy serial killer. Any gaps in logic are seamlessly patched with enough sex and violence for two summer beach reads. This a notable first novel and a launching pad for a considerable talent. --Wes Lukowsky"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"A pair of cold-blooded killers, one male, one female, conspire to skim millions of dollars from insurance companies in this ingenious first novel. The plot hatched by investment banker Norman Bloodstone and his partner, Dana Quinn, requires claimants to drop their claims-and, for this to happen, the pair are perfectly willing to expedite the demise of the claimants and, when necessary, their attorneys. Vietnam vet Luther Sitasy, head of the policy limits claims division of a Phoenix insurance company, stumbles onto the scheme by accident, eventually putting himself, his family and his friends in danger, especially from Bloodstone, who might as well be called Bloodlust. In a welcome twist, Sitasy, rather than playing superhero, looks for help from an old Vietnam buddy who's now an FBI agent. Silver, himself a Vietnam vet and employee of a Phoenix insurance company, creates an intriguing hero in Sitasy and a memorable villain in Bloodstone, even if he doesn't make quite all he could of the intricate relationships between the characters. His prose is vigorous and, in general, this is an impressive debut. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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