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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Twenty New York Times bestselling authors team up to create a fi

Twenty New York Times bestselling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel, “Inherit The Dead” published by Touchstone introduces us to Pericles “Perry” Christo.




From the back cover:  To find an angel he made a deal with the devil




Pericles “Perry” Chr...
Twenty New York Times bestselling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel, “Inherit The Dead” published by Touchstone introduces us to Pericles “Perry” Christo.




From the back cover:  To find an angel he made a deal with the devil




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 boy­friends 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.




Get ready for a page-turning, thrill ride.  Twenty authors got together to write one chapter each for this mystery that each author propels along at a really brisk clip.  I cannot imagine the amount of work that went into this to make this a seamless story but it paid off brilliantly, it works perfectly.  And all this to benefit Safe Horizon the largest victim’s support charity in the United States.  ”Inherit The Dead” is a satisfying mystery that will keep you flipping pages trying to find out what is going on.  The authors get us caught up in the story and the characters lives to the point that we actually hate to say goodbye to them when the book ends.  I liked this book very much and hopefully these authors will take it upon themselves to do something like this again.  I certainly will be waiting in line for it.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Touchstone.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

posted by VicG on November 11, 2013

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Disappointingly predictable. Did I enjoy this book: Pretty much

Disappointingly predictable.

Did I enjoy this book: Pretty much.

Ok class; get out your notebooks for a short review.

Today’s subject: The mystery novel formula – that dastardly bestselling beast that gets repeated all too often while more worthy literature gets pass...
Disappointingly predictable.

Did I enjoy this book: Pretty much.

Ok class; get out your notebooks for a short review.

Today’s subject: The mystery novel formula – 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 doesn’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, “It’s stupid, let it go.” But our protagonist can’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, it’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 heart’s telling you it’s a worthy organization I’d recommend skipping the book and making a donation.

Would I recommend it: If you’re looking something easy to read while on the treadmill or a book that’ll help you fall asleep, sure. But if you’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.)

posted by Chrissy_W on November 18, 2013

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Jonathan Santlofer has put together 20 famous acclaimed crime wr

    Jonathan Santlofer has put together 20 famous acclaimed crime writers to create "Inherit the Dead". In the classic noir style, the story twists and turns as Christo travels along New York's streets and along Hamp­tons' beaches and back roads. Nothing is as it seems and everyone has something to hide.

    Pericles "Perry" Christo is a former NYPD detective, now earning his needs as a PI.
    He is rough on the outside and soft on the inside, a typical New Yorker. The story begins one cold wintry night on the Upper East Side. A very, very wealthy matron Julia Drusilla hires him to find her missing daughter, Angelina. It should be a straightforward and lucrative case. But as he delves deeper into the actions and acquaintances of the beautiful Angelina disturbing facts arise.

    The characters and situations are interesting. Angelina is the most mysterious because of her chameleon nature. In the background there is a mysterious stalker on the tale of Christo. As his thoughts are revealed, so is the danger Christo is unaware of. Each author has picked up on the plot and initial characters, adding more dimensions.

    One of the best enjoyments of reading this book is going forward to the next chapter. Although the theme stays consistent, you can recognize some of the various writers. I liked the opportunity to read authors I hadn't read before.

    On the negative side, I don't think if written by one author there would be so much redundancy by Christo brooding about his past bad experience on the police force and his broken marriage. The link with his daughter and the missing girl is important.
    We soon learn that the girl comes from an extremely dysfunctional home.
    The is a mother is described as unfeeling. The father has problems with drinking and
    drugs.


    I think this would be a wonderful book to give a fellow mystery reader.

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