Saturday, August 18, 2007

Cheating Death by Edwin Chen

First sentence:

"From the instant that he first saw the disheveled doctor in his shabby, unkempt office, Mike Jones had little doubt that the doctor was guilty."


"It looked like a typical tragic heart attack. Tycoon Melvin Hanson, visiting Los Angeles, died in his doctor's office. Dr. Richard Boggs signed the death certificate. And insurance companies began to pay out well over a million dollars. That was that.

Except it wasn't. The corpse was not Melvin Hanson. And the death was the result of brilliant planning by a doctor on the brink of ruin, a business gambler on a dizzying roll, and a ruthless young man who exploited men and women alike. This electrifying true crime chronicle reveals a horrifying tale of sex, drugs, theft, betrayal, and a string of shockingly successful insurance scams amid the high-life and low-lifes of New York and L.A. ... and it vividly reconstructs the chilling events surrounding a crime that went one greedy step too far. Murder."

My thoughts:

Unlike a mystery, a true crime account gives the reader everything up front - who committed the crime, why they did it, how they did it, and how the police, lawyers and detectives figured everything out and eventually captured the crooks. Chen writes a compelling account of insurance scams and dogged police work that kept my attention throughout.

Date read: 8/17/2007
Book #: 74
Rating: 3* = good
Genre: Nonfiction

ISBN-10: 0451403150
ISBN-13: 978-0451403155
Publisher: Onyx
Year: 1992
# of Pages: 320
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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