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Similar in style and structure to Little's previous books (The Association, etc.), this chilling tale revolves around a handful of tightly knit characters living in Tucson, Ariz.-including recently divorced Hunt Jackson, his new wife, his co-workers and his best buddy from high school-who are continually harassed by a pesky insurance salesman. The salesman tries to convince them to purchase bizarre policies protecting them from the law, their bosses and even death, and if the clients refuse, inexplicable consequences usually follow. When Jackson turns down additional insurance, for example, he is incomprehensibly charged with child molestation and thrown in jail. Then he buys so-called conviction insurance while behind bars, and the alleged victim is killed in a car accident. One of Little's primary strengths is his ability to create believable characters whose lives are disrupted by a seemingly mundane yet supernatural force. Those characters then emerge as heroes by single-handedly defeating that force-in this case, an omnipotent insurance company that is bent on destroying the world one policyholder at a time. That said, by this point in the author's career-this is his 14th novel-Little's approach, while still enjoyable, has become predictable.
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My first experience with Bentley Little was The Collection of short stories. I enjoyed that a lot, but this. I'm speechless. Dull......Annoying.... Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Russ
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. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by Diane LeMire
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. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by moose
As someone who is having a heck of a hard time keeping up with insurance payments--house, car, health, life, etc...this book really brought out the paranoid delusional in me! Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by Kenja P.
Using the disturbing fact that insurance companies wield a horrible amount of control over our lives was a brilliant idea for a story. Read morePublished on March 3 2004
This book was fantastic...if you have any sense of humor you will find many parts absolutely hilarious. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by agnes bonaparte
This twisted, entertaining story is about a sinister insurance company that wants higher prices for coverage (sound familiar folks?). Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by jennydamoocher
Bentley Little did his best work in "The Store" - a novel about an evil corporation taking over small towns all over America - focusing in on one branch in Arizona. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by S. Feldman
What is the scariest thing a horror author can conjure out of his imagination? A vicious extraterrestrial monster, a vengeful phantom, the boogeyman under the bed? Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by Eileen