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- Publisher: Touchstone Books
- Format: Hardback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 232mm x 30mm | 480g
- Publication date: 8 October 2013
- ISBN 10: 1451684754
- ISBN 13: 9781451684759
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 237,969
TWENTY THRILLING WRITERS. ONE CHILLING MYSTERY. More than twenty "New York Times" bestselling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel--a collaboration among some of the most popular mystery and thriller writers in the English-speaking world today, producing a "well-told mystery that stands on its own two (or 40) feet" ("Booklist"). Readers will enjoy an introduction by Lee Child, an afterword by Linda Fairstein, and chapters by bestselling authors Mary Higgins Clark, John Connolly, Charlaine Harris, CJ Box, Mark Billingham, Lawrence Block, Ken Bruen, Alafair Burke, Stephen L. Carter, Marcia Clark, Max Allan Collins, James Grady, Heather Graham, Bryan Gruley, Val McDermid, SJ Rozan, Jonathan Santlofer, Dana Stabenow, Lisa Unger, and Sarah Weinman. What's more, the editor, Jonathan Santlofer, has arranged to donate any royalties in excess of editor and contributor compensation to Safe Horizon, the leading victim assistance agency in the country--making it a worthy and winning triumph. Pericles "Perry" Christo is a PI with a past--a former cop, who lost his badge and his family when a corruption scandal left him broke and disgraced. When wealthy Upper East Side matron Julia Drusilla summons him one cold February night, he grabs what seems to be a straightforward (and lucrative) case. The socialite is looking for her beautiful, aimless daughter, Angelina, who is about to become a very wealthy young woman. But as Christo digs deeper, he discovers there's much more to the lovely "Angel" than meets the eye. Her father, her best friend, her boy-friends all have agendas of their own. Angel, he soon realizes, may be in grave danger...and if Christo gets too close, he just might get caught in the crossfire. This classic noir tale twists and turns down New York's mean streets and along Hamptons' beaches and back roads during a bitterly cold and gray winter where nothing is as it seems and everyone has something to hide.
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With an introduction by Lee Child, an afterword by Linda Fairstein, edited by Jonathan Santlofer and chapters by Mary Higgins Clark, John Connolly, Charlaine Harris, CJ Box, Mark Billingham, Lawrence Block, Ken Bruen, Alafair Burke, Stephen L. Carter, Marcia Clark, Max Allan Collins, James Grady, Heather Graham, Bryan Gruley, Val McDermid, SJ Rozan, Jonathan Santlofer, Dana Stabenow, Lisa Unger, and Sarah Weinman.
By Chrissy 19 Nov 2013
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.
Oh wait. I just went through a complete summary of Inherit the Dead.
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.)