Assumption of Risk

Silver, Jim

Published by iUniverse, 2000
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Synopsis: Insurance can be a real killer. Luther Sitasy, one-time Vietnam vet, wealthy eccentric, now manager of the policy limits section of Trans Patriot insurance, trips into a savage plot. Someone is calculating the cold blooded murder of certain high reserve plaintiffs, using the millions of freed-up reserves for their own high stakes gain. Luther's investigation forces him back to a time of guns, honor, and another, darker sense of morality as he hurtles towards a sociopathic killer and his sensual and sexy partner, while the body count steadily rises.

"Jim Silver has created a wild and cunning mystery that twists, intrigues, and spellbinds at the same time. The best creative thriller of the year."—Clive Cussler

"Assumption of Risk is a grabber...totally engrossing, sensual, full of edgy terror and unpredictable twists. Jim Silver is a name to remember, an natural storyteller and a true pro."—Ann Rule

From Kirkus Reviews: James M. Cain showed that an insurance thriller can be a stylish, unequivocal success. Debut novelist Silver, himself an insurance man in Phoenix, shows that Cain was an exception. Luther Sitasy--of a rich Texas shipping family--has wound up working as an insurance claimsman. Silver explains his character's odd career choice in terms of post-Vietnam trauma and recovery from booze, but it's still an uncomfortable fit. The guy lives in a sprawling Arizona mansion, collects muscle cars, keeps his gun hand steady in a basement range, and employs an elderly Japanese couple to handle the cooking and cleaning. Divorced from wife Jackie, a TV news producer, Luther lives for his work (and play, which includes a WW II fighter plane and a Vietnam-era helicopter). Luther stumbles onto a vast insurance scam in which claimants are being murdered and their claims funneled to a shell corporation in Singapore. The perpetrators are Norman Bloodstone and Dana Quinn: He's the psycho who does the killing and then tells her about it during their sexual celebrations; she works at Luther's firm and keeps track of the scam's cash flow, now edging up to the deadly duo's $20 million target. Norman and Dana, however, are almost as busy double-crossing each other as Luther is tracking them down, and Dana meanwhile has a sideline going with her family lawyer that, once exposed, sends Norman on a killing spree, his victims including Luther's dog and two of his coworkers. At end, the inevitable confrontation features Norman with a sniper's rifle, Luther with a chip on his shoulder, and a small army of lawmen concentrated in an amusement park modeled after Nam. Silver's talent for microscopic techno-description, and his appetite for gore, can't rescue this effort from a glacial pace and cardboard characters. In between the juicy stuff, it's all wonky insurance babble and guntalk, with an undercurrent of right-wing politics that does nothing to push along the tale. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Title: Assumption of Risk
Publisher: iUniverse
Publication Date: 2000
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