Inherit the Dead

Inherit the Dead

Book - 2013
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"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. In an inventive storytelling approach, each writer brings his or her distinctive voice to a chapter of 'Inherit the Dead,' building the tension to a shocking, explosive finale."--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, c2013.
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451684759
Call Number: INHER
Characteristics: 265 p. ; 24 cm
Subjects: Private investigators -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Ex-police officers -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction
Noir fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
African American authors


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OK noir book. The “gimmick” actually worked surprisingly well, with most of the authors fitting right in so that the book didn’t seem as disjointed as I thought it might be. I did find a few of the author’s styles/characterizations very disjointed from the rest of the chapters, however (Heather Graham’s, James Grady’s and Ken Bruen’s contributions). Overall, the book seemed kind of slow and drawn out, with not a lot of actual development going on from chapter to chapter. Also seemed very wordy to me, with too much internal dialogue. While that’s typically a noir hallmark, this seemed overdone here to me.

May 25, 2020


ArapahoeHannah Apr 09, 2019

A wonderful story brought to life by multiple authors.

Jan 23, 2019

A nice gimmick using 20 writers to tell one highly formulaic story essentially crafted (and edited) by Jonathan Santlofer. It's above average and borrows a trope from Icelandic noir (yes, that is a thing) but the storyline is slow to develop, some stuff is repetitive and it may not be everyone's cup of tea. Also the title is a clue to the ending (Oh no, I've said too much, Mr. Stipe).

This book has 20 chapters written by 20 different well-known mystery authors and it flows very nicely into a captivating story about a missing daughter who needs to claim her fortune. I’m a big fan of mysteries and I really enjoyed this book. (submitted by JW)

Sep 06, 2018

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 20 of today's best-selling 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. The authors are: Lee Child, Mark Billingham, Lawrence Block, C. J. Box , Ken Bruen, Alafair Burke , Stephen L. Carter, Marcia Clark, Mary Higgins Clark , Max Allan Collins, John Connolly, Linda Fairstein (Foreword), James Grady, Heather Graham, Bryan Gruley, Charlaine Harris, Val McDermid , S.J. Rozan, Jonathan Santlofer, Dana Stabenow, Lisa Unger, and Sarah Weinman. The mystery is pretty good, but what is really amazing is the ability of these authors, with very different styles of writing, to speak with continuity and one voice as the protagonist. If I had not known about the multiple authors, I would have believed the book was the work of one hand!! Recommend! Kristi & Abby Tabby

Aug 25, 2018

Perry Christo, PI, is hired to find Angel before her twenty first birthday. She is missing without a trace. He was a former cop and lost his badge. One of his cop friends tries to help as much as he can. It seems as though someone doesn't want Angel found.
I had a hard time getting into this book and actually skimmed from the middle to the end. The story was a good one, just didn't like the way it was told.

Nov 25, 2014

Concept is interesting but the execution is mediocre, like stumbling through a story.

May 16, 2014

nice change from the Jack Reacher books. Tangled and interesting.

Apr 07, 2014

This book is for a good cause, so I hope it sells, but it is really a submediocre book. The characters simply didn't hold one's interest, too mundane, too banal, just not quality mystery writing, suggesting that many of the authors can get away with a lengthy novel, but few can do the short story format.

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