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The rich are very different from you and me. Blessed by great wealth, they can get what they want, even what they shouldn't have. Cursed by great wealth, they become the targets of others who will risk everything to become affluent. In THE RICH AND THE DEAD, bestselling author Nelson DeMille introduces twenty original tales by today's most elite mystery writers who explore ...more
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Jim
I bought this specifically for the Michael Connelly story, but it's a great collection. I did a short review of each story & wound up using the word 'disturbing' too often. It's true, many of the stories were. & that was a good thing. Most had some ambiguity & made me think. The characters might have been good people who did a bad thing or vice versa. Sometimes they slid into pure horror, other times rose to excellence. And sometimes, life just isn't fair. Excellent collection.

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Beth
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
All good stories. Some a little better than others. Listened to the audiobook, which had multiple narrators & they were all good too.
Sandie
Jun 12, 2011 rated it liked it
It’s always difficult for me to review a book containing a compilation of various works by a variety of authors. Some stories I like, others not so much. The same hold true for the authors. THE RICH AND THE DEAD contains works by some well know names like Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Nelson DeMille, Ted Bell etc. as well as others with whose works I have not read……until now. Along with my old favorites, thanks to this book, I have been introduced to the writing of new authors (to me at least) li ...more
Monica Willyard Moen
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nls, kindle, mysteries
The stories in this anthology range from hard boiled and satirical noir, from light and cozy to sharply cynical or wickedly funny. The theme that unites all of the stories is the world of incredibly rich people. Sometimes they are villains. At other times, they are victims. Sometimes, they are part of solving a crime. Other times, they are the ones perpetrating crime.
This anthology contains work by both famous mystery writers as well as some who are new to the field or who were at the time of th
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Gail
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Mystery Writers of America’s published a yearly anthology of short stories with a central idea. The writers submit short stories based on that idea, in this case the super rich, either as criminals, the victim od crime, or something even more twisted. The anthologies are very good, and this one is no exception! I did not skip a story.
Matt
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
A short story, told entirely from the perspective of a police interview transcript, in which Connelly brings Bosch face to face with a woman whose husband was shot in their home. Returning from a vacation, the couple arrives home to discover a man wileding a gun in their home. Having conned over 500 investors out of millions of dollars, the gun-wielding man appears set on setting the record straight and injecting a little karma into the world. While guilt for his crime appears to slide off the h ...more
Georgiana
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reading it because our family friend Karen Catalona has a short story in the book. Her story is excellent. Haven't read all of the others yet. ...more
Jeremy Wagner
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I bought this collection simply for the Peter Blauner story...I was pleasantly surprised by all the tales.
Sallee
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book of mystery stories is a great way to pass some time. All the delicious stories are little gems to enjoy. This is a very entertaining read.
Sean
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was an entertaining read, or in this case, listen to in the car as I listened to this book driving to and from work recently. I enjoyed it as a lover of mystery stories. It is a great collection of well written & interesting mystery short stories. Imagine Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous meets Agatha Christie and comes back around to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. It pulls back the curtains on the lengths that people go to attain or maintain wealth. It also pulls no punches on how disgusting thi ...more
Joy Schmidt
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I listened to this on audiobook. The plus to reading it in this format is that the stories are short and can often be finished as I drive to/from appointments. The downside to this book is that some of the stories left me hanging and I didn't feel like the character development was very strong. Some of the short stories were interesting, however. If you like the genre of short stories, I'm sure you would find several that would appeal to you. ...more
Mark
Been reading short story collections recently after not reading these types of collections for years and find the wonderfully enjoyable, many of which I recognize a early treatments that later become novels for some of these authors...recommend this one as well!
Tim Gillen
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Somewhat enjoy the Mystery Writers of America anthologies. Good way to get exposure to a variety of new (to me) and established writers. As you can imagine, with this many short stories, some resonate, some don't. ...more
Peter Morell
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good collection! Only one or two stories with low quality. The rest was very good! Bravo!
Heather Larcombe
As with many short story collections, some awesome, some average, some leave you wondering how they made the cut into the book. Overall pretty enjoyable, though.
Jcledezma
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
A couple of good stories. Most so, so.

The worst, by far, was the Richie story.
Bad grammar, no punctuation, dialog that ran together. Etc.
Dan N.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Only read Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch short story “Blood Washes Off.”
Nial
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime
Only liked the Nelson Demille story. The rest were a bit meh
Vivian
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the short stories by different authors in the book. Each story had someone die which started to get to me after awhile. But overall the book was interesting enough.
Mark Soone
I certainly can't go above 3 stars...there were a few really good stories but most of them were so-so to uninteresting to me. The good ones though do make this worth checking out for lovers short story collections...Nut there are many better collections including American Mystery writers presents: previous book death do us part.

01 Death Benefits by Nelson DeMille- 5 stars
This book not only starts with a knock out but it could be called a double knockout! I have never been a big DeMille fan, and
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Megowen
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of mystery and intrigue.
Recommended to Megowen by: Heard DeMille in an interview
An uneven collection of short stories edited by Nelson DeMille, written by American mystery writers, or wannabes.
The best detective story in the book is "Lamborghini Mommy", where a little common sense leads to the solution. For an historical setting and an O. Henry type ending, you can't beat "Poetic License" by Mullen.
Some of the stories were predictable, some based in science, irony played a part in some. Nothing deep and meaningful, but all fun to read. An enjoyable 24 hours worth of stories
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Peggy
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From time to time I enjoy reading short stories. It's a nice break, especially from the series novels I like to read which after a while can get monotonous. Picking up this book at the library, I was inspired to read it because several of my favorite authors were included: Lee Child, Michael Connelly and Roberta Isleib (aka Lucy Burdette). Plus it's edited by Nelson DeMille! So beginning with a healthy dose of skepticism about it's quality (since usually you only find one or two stories worth th ...more
Emily Valentino
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read hardly any crime drama novels, and figured a book of short stories was a good place to start getting to know popular crime story authors. Since they were divided up into 20 short stories, there were natural places to stop during my nighttime reading instead of losing hours of sleep. I could also get a feel for which authors have clever & funny descriptions of scenes, who takes a little while to get to the point, who tries to write dialogue with an accent, and who doesn't mind killing ...more
Linda
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
I am a big fan of mysteries and a big fan of DeMille and when I saw this Mystery Writers of America collection of original short stories by some favorite authors (and some I was not familiar with),edited by DeMille , and that the theme was the rich and the dead-say no more. I forgot how much fun a collection of well written short stories can be. My favorites were Death Benefits,The Sadowsky Manifesto, Lamborghini Mommy , The Itinerary, and Daphne, Unrequited, though I was entertained by all of t ...more
Linda Munro
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
THis is an anthology of short mysteries concerning those who are rich and most likely deserve to die.... Although written by great authors, this book left me wanting more. I forgot how short stories tend to leave out detail...thepart that keeps you turing pages. But then again, who knows....maybe some of these authors will decide to expand these stories which would give me more to read!
Lourdes Venard
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
The rich are different from you and me, and 20 of today’s mystery writers show us how, in this short story anthology presented by the Mystery Writers of America. Not only are well-known authors presented -- DeMille himself, S.J. Rozan, Lee Child -- but there were also some gems from lesser-known or first-time authors.
Alison
An excellent collection of short stories by some great authors-some I knew (Demille is a fave of mine) and some I didn't but that I now want to check out. Who doesn't like a book of rich people murdering/plotting to/being plotted against? Fantastic.... ...more
Katherine Clark
Aug 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Truly disappointing book. I should not have kept reading. Of all the stories, only 2 were at all interesting--1 I might want to use in a class as an extra credit. "Poetic Justice" by Caroline Mullen. ...more
Janet
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a c.d. book that is perfect for commuting. A collection of mystery short stories which includes wealth and power leading to death of someone...light, amusing, perfect way to pass commuter time.
Peggy
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a collection of mystery short stories that all have a main character who is rich. This character is either murdered or the murderer. Not every story is worth reading but enough of them are cleverly written to make the whole book enjoyable.
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Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille, then moved with his parents to Long Island. He graduated from Elmont Memorial High School, where he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army where he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United S
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