Inherit the Dead (Hardback)
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DescriptionTwenty thrilling writers. One chilling mystery.Pericles "Perry" Christo is a P.I. with a past. A one-time NYPD homicide cop, Perry has been struggling since he lost his badge, and his marriage, in a notorious corruption scandal. So when wealthy Upper East Side matron Julia Drusilla calls him one cold February night, he jumps at the chance to work what seems to be a straightforward (and lucrative) case. Julia needs Perry to track down the whereabouts of her beautiful yet aimless daughter, Angelina, who is about to become a very wealthy young heiress. But as Perry digs deeper, he discovers there's much more to the story of the lovely "Angel." Her father, her best friend, her boyfriend--they all have agendas of their own. This classic noir tale twists and turns down New York's mean streets and around Hamptons' beaches and back roads, during a bitterly cold and gray winter where nothing is as it seems and everyone has something to hide. Told in the same "serial novel" format that made 2011's "No Rest for the Dead" such a commercial and critical success, "Inherit the Dead" is a collaboration among twenty of today's bestselling mystery and thriller authors--each taking a chapter of the narrative and infusing it with their signature style. The editor, Jonathan Santlofer, has arranged to donate any royalties in excess of editor and contributor compensation to Safe Horizon, a leading provider of services to victims of violence and abuse, making this a worthy--and winning--accomplishment that showcases today's finest writers at their very best.
- Published: 08 October 2013
- Format: Hardback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781451684759 ISBN 10: 1451684754
- Sales rank: 271,369
Reviews for Inherit the Dead
Did I enjoy this book: Pretty much.
Ok class; get out your notebooks for a short review.
TodayΓΖΖΓβΓΒ’β¬β’s subject: The mystery novel formula ΓΖΖΓβΓΒ’β¬β that dastardly bestselling beast that gets repeated all too often while more worthy literature gets passed over.
Main character: male, fortyish, divorced, feels guilty that he doesnΓΖΖΓβΓΒ’β¬β’t get to see his daughter as often as he wants, and ostracized by colleagues for some unfair reason.
Setting: either NYC or LA
Victim: young, female, beautiful, rich, and mysterious
Minor characters: rich, greedy, lying scum all of whom have a motive for wanting the victim out of the picture.
Story line: questions, lies . . . more questions, more lies . . . then some interesting tidbit of a discovery. Follow up on the interesting tidbit while all other investigators say, ΓΖΖΓβΓΒ’β¬ΕItΓΖΖΓβΓΒ’β¬β’s stupid, let it go.ΓΖΖΓβΓΒ’β¬Β But our protagonist canΓΖΖΓβΓΒ’β¬β’t. He continues to dig only to uncover some unexpected plot twist at the end.
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Overall, itΓΖΖΓβΓΒ’β¬β’s not a bad book, just disappointingly predictable. I do love that some of the money could be used for charity. Assuming there is some money left over after editor and contributor compensation. If your heartΓΖΖΓβΓΒ’β¬β’s telling you itΓΖΖΓβΓΒ’β¬β’s a worthy organization IΓΖΖΓβΓΒ’β¬β’d recommend skipping the book and making a donation.
Would I recommend it: If youΓΖΖΓβΓΒ’β¬β’re looking something easy to read while on the treadmill or a book thatΓΖΖΓβΓΒ’β¬β’ll help you fall asleep, sure. But if youΓΖΖΓβΓΒ’β¬β’re interested in more creative mysteries check out Dark Before Dawn or The Tulip Eaters.
Will I read it again: No.
As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.) by Chrissy