Death Benefit

Death Benefit

Book - 2012
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Pia Grazdani is an exceptional yet aloof medical student working closely with Columbia University Medical Center's premier scientist on cutting edge research that could revolutionize health care by creating replacement organs for critically ill patients. But when tragedy strikes in the lab, Pia, with the help of classmate George Wilson, launches an investigation into the unforeseen calamity in the hospital's supposedly secure biosafety lab.

Meanwhile, two ex-Wall Street whiz-kids think they've found another loadstone in the nation's multi-trillion dollar life insurance industry, and race to find ways to control actuarial data and securitize the policies of the aged and infirm to make another killing.

As Pia and George dig deeper into the events at the lab, one question remains unanswered: is someone attempting to manipulate private insurance information to allow investors to benefit from the deaths of others?
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2012, c2011
ISBN: 9780425250365
0425250369
Branch Call Number: Pbk COO

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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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