Fast action is needed in Chicago to investigate the rich old corpse who died of… starvation. The corpse also has a long list of troublesome illnesses that never showed up on the insurance physical. Johnny traces the paper trail of the deceased Christopher Lane. Doctors confirm the identity, and ailments. Johnny doubts the physician’s competency, or long term knowledge of his patient. Will people closely associated with Mr Lane in his daily life give a positive identification on the corpse? Verification of Mr Lane’s decline seem to be documented. If this is fraud, when did it start, and how could so many people be fooled?
Is the sister involved in the elaborate deception somehow? Johnny is skeptical, and playing his cards close to the vest in the matter. Is there any doubt to the integrity of the salesman who sold the policy? Johnny leaves no stone, or clue unturned.
Was Lane the healthy man who passed the physical, only to have the sickly man pretend to be him to collect? Or Was Lane the sick man, and had a healthy man stand in long enough to buy the policy? Who knew about the scam, and would benefit the most? Get all the details as Johnny gathers his clues, and see if you can untangle how it was done, and for what motive?
Note: Following on the heels of Edmund O’Brian, John Lund is Johnny Dollar.