Bargain Mart, long a fixture in the Missoula economic structure has fallen on hard times. Things are dire, and if a financial windfall doesn't arrive soon, their doors will close.
Across town, a woman grieves her recently deceased husband. Sitting alone at her kitchen table trying to put her life back in order, a call arrives asking where his quarter million dollar life insurance policy should be sent. A quarter million dollar life insurance policy she never knew existed.
Answering the phone on the other end of her call for help is Drake Bell, third year law student at the University of Montana. Joined by his partner Ava, and his loyal friends the Zoo Crew, Drake must attempt to make sense of the case Alice presents him.
A case that only grows more complex as people continue to pass in Missoula, all with ties to Bargain Mart, all with large life insurance policies attached to them. Policies known in the corporate world as Dead Peasants.
This is my second read by Dustin Stevens and again it was a great read. Imaginative writing, great plot absolutely engrossing. Alice loves her husband so much unfortunately he has a terminal illness and does not have long to live. When he does pass away she gets a phone call from an insurance company saying he had an insurance policy worth a quarter of a million dollars, she has never heard or known of this policy and questions it. Next day day she gets another call saying it was a mistake. What is going on here. She decides to bring someone in to investigate how this could have happened, enter Drake and his zoo team..Wonderful story and I keep asking myself does this really happen??