Death Benefits by Nelson DeMille

by Barb Goffman


From the anthology The Rich and the Dead (Grand Central Publishing, 2011).

I’m so far behind on posting about my reading. I’ll start to post what I can now and just try to catch up.

About this story: You know a story is good when it sticks with you, when you can remember the plot despite having read so many other short stories since that one, many of which in retrospect feel like a blur.

In this tale, a celebrated mystery writer has passed his pinnacle of success. Gone are the big deals. Gone, too, is all the money he made from those deals. Living the high life is expensive. He thinks about an insurance policy he has on his agent. Life insurance. He wonders if he has the guts to act like his characters do. And then he invites his agent out for a weekend at the beach…