A Matter Of Policy
|By Sam Merwin Jr.|
|Publisher||Harlequin Romance #122|
|Release Month||1951 (US)|
|Harlequin Romance Series #|
|Preceded by||Run For Your Life|
|Followed by||Saddle Wolves|
It would be hard to say which was the more dumbfounded - "Old Bat Wing", Ruy Stuyvesant, President of the Stuyvesant Trust, or its barely tolerated employee - when young Jim Leavett's name appeared on a newspaper list of the ten most highly insured men in America.
Jim's salary was sixty dollars a week. He had no relatives or intimates, and no outside income. He had certainly not applied for insurance. Yet on checking with Battery Life, young Leavitt was confronted by his signature on a paid-up policy. More than that, he learned that - dead - he would be worth a cool half million to a total stranger with the curiosity-provoking name of Tosta Kaaren.
Alert to danger, Battery Life assigned company detective Johnny Ray to act as Jim's bodyguard. And less than twenty minutes later Johnny was dead - in a fake accident for which Jim was obviously intended as the victim.
Old Ruy Stuyvesant had meanwhile interested brilliant, boisterous, 300 pound, cigar-smoking Amy Brewater on Jim's behalf. Though often at cross purposes, Amy, Jim, "Old Bat Wing" and his impetuous daughter Juliana, and even the mysterious Tosta Kaaren, all played major roles with tired-looking Sergeant Lanning of Homicide in the exposure of Johnny Ray's murderer and the mind back of the insurance fraud.