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Inherit the Dead

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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 15, 2013

    One plot, one story and twenty writers, twenty acclaimed crime w

    One plot, one story and twenty writers, twenty acclaimed crime writers I might add.
    Having multiple authors contribute to an multiple story anthology tends to work better than having them write a chapter each for a one-story book. The anthology gives each person a chance to show their individual ideas. In this case it made the story seem like the main character was suffering from a case of multiple personalities. One writer would write Perry with a slowpoke depressive attitude and the next with a brass almost volatile temperament.
    I think what bothered me the most was the actual lack of storyline. Perry spends nearly the entire book looking for a girl he has never met before, but who has suddenly taken on an imaginary role in his head and life. He obsesses over the unknown and adulates the fantasy girl, as opposed to the real woman. He also starts projecting his own custody issues and problems with his daughter and ex-wife onto the other characters in the book. Everything equates to his personal loss and guilt as a weekend dad. He thinks finding Angel will give him some sort of redemption card. Find missing girl equals being there for her even if he can't be there for his own flesh and blood.
    I found the ending a tad soap opera bizarre and think the extra voice within the chapters could have been utilized better.
    Although the novel wasn't as good as it could have been it deserves attention because it was created with a specific purpose in mind.
    Despite the fact that certain chapters shone more brightly than others, I applaud and support the fact these scribes have come together for a worthy cause, to support the victims of domestic abuse.
    I received a copy of this book courtesy of Edelweiss and the publisher.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

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    What a marvelous idea. Twenty well known mystery/suspense writer

    What a marvelous idea. Twenty well known mystery/suspense writers, each writing a chapter to create a cohesive mystery and then donating the proceeds to Safe Horizon!




    I was amazed at how seamlessly the story flowed but what would you expect from such a fabulous line up of authors.




    Perry Christo was forced out of the police department after a corruption scandal. Now a few years later he has a successful private investigation business.




    Julia Drusilla calls Perry, claiming that her daughter, Angelina Loki is missing. Angel is about to inherit a very large trust fund on her 21st birthday. 




    The deeper Perry investigates the more he realizes that everyone around him is lying and has something to hide.




    Inherit the Dead is a wonderfully written mind teasing mystery. The plot twist and turns will have you questioning and second guessing till the end. Each chapter starts with the contributing author so not only do you get a great story but a good taste of each author's individual work...making us want more.




    I received this ARC copy of Inherit the Dead from Simon & Schuster - Touchtone in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 8, 2013.




    Written by: Jonathan Santlofer, Alafair Burke, Stephen L. Carter, Marcia Clark, Max Allan Collins, John Connolly, James Grady, Heather Graham, Bryan Gruley, Charlaine Harris, Val McDermid, S.J. Rozan, Dana Stabenow, Lisa Unger, Sarah Weinman, Lee Child, Mark Billingham, Lawrence Block, C.J. Box, Ken Bruen
    Hardcover: 288 pages
    Publisher: Touchstone 
    Publication Date: October 8, 2013
    ISBN-10: 1451684754
    ISBN-13: 978-1451684759
    Rating: 4 Stars
    Genre: Mystery
    Age Recommendation: Adult

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