Inherit the Dead

Inherit the Dead

by Jonathan Santlofer

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This New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller, is a collaboration between twenty bestselling mystery novelists who have joined forces to create a spellbinding story of love, betrayal, and intrigue. “Readers can’t go wrong with this juicy thriller” raves Library Journal.

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. So 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. 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 this inventive “serial novel” storytelling approach, each of the twenty bestselling writers brings his or her distinctive voice to a chapter of Inherit the Dead, building the tension to a shocking, explosive finale. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410464439
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 02/12/2014
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 411
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Contributors include: Lee Child, Linda Fairstein, 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.

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Inherit the Dead 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
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.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best book I have ever read it was seamlessly integrated as if one author wrote it and I applaud the authors all 20 of them for selflessly giving of themselves and their enormous talents to a very worthy cause
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clever concept
VicG More than 1 year ago
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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But pretty much a waste of time. Tortured and pointless story. I'll stick to any one of the authors in a stand alone book.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This is an impressive collaboration between authors to tell the mystery story of Angelina Loki's disappearance. I didn't suspect the ending. Some of my favorite authors added to the story.Kudos to the authors.
LisaB95 More than 1 year ago
This book was written by multiple authors, I think 20. Each did a chapter, in which I like this idea. And they did a pretty good job. The characters’ personalities were kept the same throughout. It was done for a charity and to raise awareness of domestic abuse. I hope I’m getting this correct. While each chapter had me wanting to know what happens next, it was almost sort of repetitive going along. But at the end of each chapter, there would be something that made you want to read the next so bad. I liked how each author added their own little jewel to it. Perry is a P. I. who was once a police officer. As a cop, he had tried to do a drug bust on some well known people in the community, one being a well respected pastor. His higher ups on the police force were all looking the other way, some even taking cuts to cover it up. Perry refused to do this so he got let go. It was made to look like he bungled up the case because the wrong person got arrested and was choosing to take the fall for the bd guy. This was something that never got resolved. That was just life. I read to get away from the real world so I was hoping this would all be brought to light and Perry’s honor restored. Perry is hired by a well to do lady to find her missing daughter who happens to be 20 years old and hasn’t seen her mother in a year I think. The dad who is no longer married to the mother, says she has been missing for two weeks. The story is about Perry’s search for Angel and where it leads him. He is untrustful of the mother and the father, along with some other characters the girl spends time with. I didn’t like the parents. No wonder the girl isn’t around. And everybody has secrets of their own. It was a kind of dark and mournful kind of read. My heart aches for Perry with his loss of being a policeman and how honest he had been. He had also lost his wife who got custody of the daughter. His family for generations had been cops. His dad and his dad’s dad and so on. He lived and breathed it. I really didn’t care for his ex wife, what little I knew about her. No one seems to have any redeeming qualities. But all the while, at the end of each chapter, there is someone following Perry. The narrator is telling that part in the stalker’s voice. It is really intense and suspenseful. This is what really had me reading on and on. I’m still messed up about the ending. It sucked and left me feeling like the pieces didn’t line up and there needed to be either more chapters for closure and to tie up loose ends or another book. If you are in the mood for a solemn read, this would be the one. It’s one of those you love and hate at the same time but, like a bad car wreck, you can’t seem to look away. Oh, that’s another thing, this stalker tries on multiple occasions to kill Perry. In the end, someone winds up dying, but I’ll let you read and find out who that will be. I listened to the audiobook. The narrator was SO GOOD! I LOVED him. Especially the stalker’s voice. It was very creepy and fun.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a waste of talent. The lineup is supposed to writers of thrillers but the first 2/3 of the book is boring character development and history. The first dead body doesn't appear until the last chapters. The book does deliver a murder scene at the very end. Lee Child could have written this plot as a short story with much more action. Even with all the background time several of the main characters are inconsistant and poorly developed. We learn the list story of Detective Christo but I stopped caring much earlier. I finshed the book to find out the ending. A very minor character that appears in one scene and is quickly forgotten becomes a major protagoenest at the very end. The mystery of the book is what happened to the editor?
Jean1969 More than 1 year ago
I was surprised to read a book that 20 authors had one chapter each to write. Exciting to the end. I am going to buy No rest for the dead in which 26 authors contributing to this book. Can't wait.
Lynn-MI More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of these authors and think they’re great but this book was a waste of paper, ink --- the whole story could have been consolidated into one short story (Block’s chapter – the end, was the best)! It was just a truly boring, long mystery and was so glad when Block finally put it to rest!
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CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
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.
Roslyn0 More than 1 year ago
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.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story, but I would prefer to reads books that don't use the F--- word. I don't mind a little language in a book, but the F--- word turns me off, writers should be able to tell a story without using that vulgar word. The chapter by Mary Higgins Clark was my favorite. She can tell a great story without using vulgar language. I have read all her books and they are great reading.