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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (MM); Reissue edition (Sept. 2 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451209540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451209542
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 195 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,578,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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He took off a day earlier than he'd planned, leaving in the middle of the night, halfway through Conan O'Brien, and two hours later Hunt Jackson found himself speeding past Palm Springs with the windows open, heading east. Read the first page
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By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 22 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This author, one of the best in the horror fiction genre, has a knack for taking the mundane things in life and turning it into something out of one's nightmares. In this book, the author decided to focus on insurance policies. How more mundane can one get?

Newly divorced Hunt Jackson decides to leave California and return to Tucson, Arizona, where he grew up. When he gets there, one of the first things he does is call his insurance company after a minor car accident. What happens during that call to his insurer is weird and unsettling, but Hunt puts it on the back burner as he puts his mind to looking up old friends and rebuilding his life now that he back home. Hunt's childhood best friend eventually introduces him to Beth, one of his wife's co-corkers, and, almost immediately, Beth and Hunt become an item.

When Hunt returns home one day, he discovers that his house is totally vandalized. He contacts his insurer to make things right, but the insurer ends up doing something totally bizarre. Again, an insurer acts in a totally weird and unsettling manner. So, Hunt moves in with Beth, who is practically his soul mate, and they start living together. There is something odd, however, about Beth's house, as the guest bedroom seems to have a life of its own. Then they get a visit from an insurance agent, and everything begins to spiral downward for them.

Hunt, however, is not the only one having odd experiences with insurance companies and their representatives. His friends are also having similar experiences. Some of the experiences are more than unsettling. They are downright scary and begin to have tragic consequences. It is almost as if the insurance industry may have made a pact with the devil.
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By Russ on July 1 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My first experience with Bentley Little was The Collection of short stories. I enjoyed that a lot, but this. I'm speechless. Dull......Annoying....Check it out of your library, don't waste money on buying it. It was entertaining, but not great. It just seemed to get more and more ridiculous. And the end, of my gosh, the end. Boring...lame...no action. Overall, entertaining, but not worth buying or reading again...or going out of your way to read at all.
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I'm a Bentley Little fan and I bought this book because of all the rave reviews I read here but I have to say I was quite disappointed. I love scary books and have read several of Bentley Littles, The Store, The Town and The House, which were good books. This book went nowhere. It just kept repeating itself. And I agree with one of the other reviewers who pointed out the things in the story that ended up going nowhere and had nothing to do with the story, such as the "haunted" guest room and the x-wife spotting in Tucson. I kept waiting for something to happen with her. She ends up dieing and that was that. I didn't feel frightened of this insurance guy, just annoyed. I found myself speed reading near the end just to get through it. This definitely was not one of his better books and I would not recommend it to anyone who likes to be scared because like I said, it's more annoying than scary.
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By moose on May 17 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
i found this book to be very entertaining. it reminds me of television show, "tales from the crypt" which used to air in early to mid ninties.
if you enjoyed shows like that or the, "twilight zone" youll enjoy this book.
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By Michael R Gates on April 27 2004
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Though often overlooked and underrated, author Bentley Little is one of the better writers of modern horror literature. Even his wildly popular contemporary Stephen King calls Little "a master of the macabre." His prose seems to flow effortlessly, making it easy for the reader to become virtually absorbed into his novels and short stories. Combine this with his acerbic wit and keen understanding of the horror genre, and Little is able to weave frightening, gut-wrenching stories that are often satirical jabs at certain aspects of Western society as well.
In his previous novels, Little uses horror as a vehicle for examining and satirizing the scarred underbelly of large institutions like the U.S. Postal system and nationwide department-store chains, more localized powermongers like homeowner's associations and schools, and even subtler Western foibles like racial prejudice. With his recently published novel THE POLICY, Little now takes on the insurance industry.
The protagonists in THE POLICY find themselves engaged in a deadly battle of wills with a preternatural insurance salesman. When the salesman's offer for a particular type of coverage is rejected, the character unwise enough to pass up the offer often finds himself in the midst of the very tragedy he would have been protected against had he made the insurance purchase. When the primary characters figure this out, they feel the only way to permanently get the salesman off their backs is to blackmail him. And they therefore stealthily delve into the salesman's background and past. But they are not quite prepared for the facts they uncover....
As with his other novels, Little's writing style in THE POLICY is quite polished and flows smoothly.
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