Death Has Its Benefits by Ronald Aiken

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What would you do if your best friend told you his boss was going to kill him? Try to save his life because he once saved yours? Well if you're Tony Benson and your best friend is a prankster like Leo Radigan, you'd do nothing, just laugh it off and say, "That's a novel approach to workforce reduction." If only it was that simple.
Leo's boss, the mysterious Hike Muertens, is an influential businessman and philanthropist, but Leo insists he’s not the man he appears to be. “With this guy you gotta give an arm to keep a leg,” he insists.
At first, Tony believes Leo’s ever increasing paranoia is fueled by problems at home—a bad marriage, spoiled kids and rising debts. After all, why would a man of Muertens’ stature commit murder? But as Tony tries to help his friend through his personal crisis, he finds himself being drawn into Leo’s paranoid world, and begins to wonder if there might be something to his fiend’s crazy tale after all.
As paranoia becomes reality, Tony’s darker side emerges and he must successfully navigate his way through the state’s mental health and criminal justice systems to save his own life.

About Ronald Aiken

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Ronald Aiken is a retired attorney from New York City. He currently lives in the metro Atlanta area with his wife, Herma, and their three cats. This is Aiken’s first novel.
Published July 31, 2012 by Nightbird Publishing. 271 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The settings, which Aiken captures in a highly visual style, are equally on the edge of ruin, especially amid the dank odors of the Horror View gym and the spine-tingling creepiness of Pilgrim State Hospital, New York’s draconian, real-life mental institution, where both Leo and Tony find themsel...

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