Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Inherit the Dead” as Want to Read:
Inherit the Dead
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Inherit the Dead

3.21  ·  Rating Details ·  1,407 Ratings  ·  279 Reviews

More than twenty New York Times bestselling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel—a collaboration among some of the most popular mystery and thriller writers in the English-speaking world today, producing a “well-told mystery that stands on its own two (or 40) feet” (Booklist).

Readers will enjoy an introduction b
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Touchstone (first published January 1st 2013)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This was really neat. I don't think I have ever read a book that had seperaye chapters written by totally different authors. Twenty, in fact. This was a good old crime who-done-it mystery. I enjoyed it. Some authors were better than others but the story flowed well together.
Nurse Lisa in Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
Title: Inherit the Dead
Author(s): see the above list for all 20(!!) names! :)
Published: 2013
Genre: mystery, fiction, thriller, crime, anthology, law enforcement, private detective, proceeds go to charity. (Some swearing, though not much. Some violence - murder - adult innuendos but no sex).
Format: ebook via Samsung Galaxy 4 Nook ereader
Read: June, 2015

NOTE: proceeds from the sale of this anthology are donated to charitable organization: Safe Horizon. Safe Horizon is (VERY SUMMARIZED) a victim's
Sep 16, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 02, 2014 Kristen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a disappointment for me. I didn't finish it.

Several of the reviews noted the differences in writing style due to the fact that each chapter of this book being written by a different author. Some other reviewers had a problem with that, but that wasn't my issue, and the differences in style didn't bother me, possibly because I listened to this on audiobook so the style shifts weren't as noticeable as if I'd been reading a paper book.

My problem with this book was two-fold:

1) there wasn't
Nov 10, 2013 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We’ll admit to picking up this book because Lee Child’s name was linked to it. We first thought it was an anthology of short crime stories, only to discover it was a single novel of 20 chapters, one each of which was written by a published author in support of a charitable effort that supports victims of crimes known as Safe Horizon (as explained in a brief afterword). Lee’s contribution was a rather skimpy two-page introduction that basically patted the twenty authors on the back for being nice ...more
Bill Mackela
Oct 08, 2013 Bill Mackela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
This was a fun book to read because the authors seemed to be having a ball writing it. Each of the authors would write a chapter, most of the time leaving some sort of a cliffhanger or a tight squeeze that the next author would have to work out a solution for. In the first half of the book each author would introduce a new player in the story. Then once everyone was known the authors would mix it up, so they might not be the person that you thought they were at first. And of course, they all bri ...more
This was an unexpected surprise at my library but after reading the names of those involved with this collaboration I was willing to give this a shot.

Each chapter is written by a different author on the same story line. Perry, disgraced cop now PI, is hired to find Angelina "Angel" Loki. Even I, not aware of my Norse mythology and comic superheroes, have seen "Thor" and i know that Loki is a liar and trickster.

The first few chapters were rather boring and weren't holding my attention. In fact, I
Paris        (kerbytejas)
This was very enjoyable and really nicely done for a collaboration.
Aug 20, 2016 wally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: santlofer-20
18 aug 16, 1st story by twenty. heh! don't believe i've ever read a story like this, stories where two collaborated, yes...and what was it, four rode out...another collection of four stories, one basic theme but nothing like this. should make for an interesting tale. we'll see. onward & upward.
20 aug 16...raining today, looks to be an, i'll be making some dilly beans. got about 6 gallons of yellow and green from the garden and for the 1st time in three or four years i'll be ab
Aug 11, 2014 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Perry Christo has tried to carve out a life for himself after a disgraceful exit from the NYPD. Surviving as a PI, Christo is called to a socialite's apartment for his next assignment; to find her missing daughter. After discovering young Angelina 'Angel' Loki has been missing for upwards of two weeks, Christo must begin that much further behind when it comes to his investigation. As he follows leads and tries to interview those who knew Angel well, he discovers that there are many who have a me ...more
Richard Ward
Jul 27, 2014 Richard Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
20 chapters, each written by a different popular crime novelist. Any given reader will know some of the names better than others. The finished product is less like a modern thriller, more like a classic hard-boiled/noir detective story. I was expecting a thriller, somehow, but was glad to get this instead.

A NYPD homicide detective is fired from the job and becomes a private eye. A rich Manhattan socialite hires him to find her missing daughter. He quickly learns that this is more than just a mi

Wendy Apps
Interesting. I wonder if the various writers had an overall brief. Each chapter is written by a different author to make one story but it is not exactly seamless. You can easily tell the different writing styles and sometimes those styles are so different that it seems like a completely different story or character they are writing about.
AUTHOR: Various
TITLE: Inherit the Dead
DATE READ: 01/04/2016
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Crime Fiction/ 2013/ Simon & Shuster/ 296 pgs
CHARACTERS AUTHOR: Pericles Christo / private eye former police detective
FIRST LINES The call had been unexpected. The reference -- a friend of a friend of a friend -- too complicated to follow.
COMMENTS: This is a serial novel -- 20 authors, each writing a chapter. Perry is called by an aging soc
Ray Palen
Mar 28, 2014 Ray Palen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crime writer and former prosecutor Linda Fairstein helped to found a group called Safe Horizon in 1978. This organization provides support and promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse. Her involvement in this serial anthology, INHERIT THE DEAD, includes the proceeds gained from its sale donated to aid in the great work Safe Horizon continues to do for victims and their families.

Jonathan Santlofer, himself a best-selling crime writer as well as renowned artist, had the unenviable task of n
Jill Manske
What a unique idea - one story, 20 chapters, 20 different crime writers. It's not the best book I've ever read, but it's a compelling story, if a bit disjointed. The problem is that each of the 20 authors has a different (in same cases, VERY different) writing style. So, although they follow the thread of the story, carrying it along to its conclusion, each of them writes in his/her own way. That can make the overall storyline feel a little choppy. (I can only imagine what it was like pre-editin ...more
Aug 17, 2013 Bookmom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perry Christo is a former homicide detective who was forced out of his job due to a corruption scandal years ago, also losing his family at the same time. Now years later, he’s working as a private investigator. A very rich reclusive woman hires Perry to find her daughter who hasn’t been seen in the last couple of weeks. She needs to sign papers on her 21st birthday in order to get an inheritance from her grandparents. And no, she doesn’t want the police involved. So begins an investigation thro ...more
Cheryl M-M
Oct 15, 2013 Cheryl M-M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I received this book through the Goodreads Firstreads program.

This book has a lot going for it. Each chapter is written by an established author. The proceeds go to a good non-profit organization. It's a classic missing persons case filled with money. It reads fast and easy.

I never expected it to flow so well. Despite being written by 20 different authors, it is a cohesive mystery. I don't like to discuss plot in reviews because that is available on the book page. At first, I was worried it was
Luanne Ollivier
At first glance, I thought that Inherit the Dead was a collection of short stories from some of my favourite authors. (20 of them to be exact) Upon closer inspection I realized that it was one story, a serial novel, with each chapter written by a different author. And that there was a purpose behind the compilation - monies raised go to support Safe Horizon - an organization championed by Linda Fairstein.

Perry Christo is a disgraced former cop turned P.I. When a wealthy 'uptown' woman summons
Jul 21, 2014 Trish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great concept, good writing, but the story and characters are lacking. As the book progressed, I found myself losing interest. I like a good mystery. With the format used here, the flow was choppy and the plot seemed cobbled together. You can easily identify the hood or twist that dictates where the plot was headed. You would think that with so much talent, it would be a great book. It's a neat premise and a good hook for a fundraiser, but for this reader, it was just an okay read.
Minty McBunny
Interesting idea, but really uneven (as one would expect) and the plot turned out to be pretty predictable, which makes sense since they all had to work together toward an unknown goal. Not terrible, but certainly not an ideal example of any of these authors' work.
May 25, 2014 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first heard about this book written by over 20 different authors I had my doubts. While I am a fan of many of the authors who contributed a chapter to this book I was not sure how they could manage to create a smooth flowing storyline with each chapter written by another author. I decided to give it a chance as I do like many of the authors and I was pleasantly surprised. In most of the chapters it was difficult to spot the hand off from one author to the next. The story line holds your i ...more
Jul 04, 2014 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good compilation of suspense writers. Even though it remained the same storyline throughout the book, you could tell the subtle difference of techniques of the various authors. Which actually made it more interesting to me, because I found myself concentrating on trying to notice the subtle differences in style. The storyline itself was fairly interesting, and they were all successful in keeping the flow of the story going through all the changing of the writers.
Jul 30, 2015 Gary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting concept, a thriller novel with each chapter written by a different writer. Some well known writers such as John Connelly, Mark Billingham, Val McDermid and Lisa Unger along with other lesser known make a good stab at making this charity novel work but I don't think they quite pulled it off. I had a few preconceived ideas before I read this book that it would not flow very well with all the individual contributions but I don't think that was an issue. It just didn't have a strong e ...more
Mar 12, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, audio-book, 2016
Perry Christo is a former detective who was disgraced when he investigated police corruption. Now he is a private eye who has been retained by Julia Drusilla, an extremely wealthy woman who is looking for her missing 20 year old daughter, Angel. The daughter will inherit millions from her grandfather when she turns 21 in just a couple of weeks.

As Christo begins to investigate he finds that most everyone he is talking to is lying in some way for some reason. Does Drusilla really want to find her
Lisa Daly
This book is written by 20 authors and I was surprised it flowed as well as it did, with each author writing a chapter. There is a hint of a character, extra to the main ones, throughout the book but I thought it is disappointing how this character is brought in right at the end in, what feels like, a very hasty conclusion. I don't feel that all my questions were fully satisfied. That said, it is an easy read considering that it was written by so many different writers. You can tell, in parts, t ...more
John Rosenman
Jul 18, 2015 John Rosenman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can Twenty Good Writers Write One Good Book?

John B. Rosenman

Yes, they can, and they do it in Inherit The Dead. Fortunately, this is no deliberately trashy, collaborative bestseller like 1969’s Naked Came the Stranger written by twenty-four journalists (see
This classic noir tale about a PI hired to locate a rich, icy matron’s daughter named Angel features twenty chapters by twenty well-known authors, and it is edited by Jonathan Santlofer and introduced
May 23, 2015 Doris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is not the first story collaboration I have read, but it is one of the most seamless, as the various authors take Perry Christo into and through a series of confusing events, as he searches for a missing Heiress. He has a short deadline, and his client, the missing girls mother, does too, as she is dying and wants to be reconciled with her daughter - at least that is what she says.

Is she lying about dying? Is she ill or just a skilled actress? (view spoiler)
Jul 19, 2014 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was okay. It is the first time I have tried one of the collaborative novels. At times it seemed like it dragged and at times it was fine. Not sure if it was because of the story line or dealing with the way each author wrote their chapter in their style.
Interesting that 10(?) authors wrote a chapter each. I don't know how that worked. All in all it was a good book. The downside for me was (1) I knew who the killer was much earlier than the Detective, and (2) I thought the entire book was too pedantic, too much repetition and unnecessary detail. I think this could easily have been streamlined to be a short story. BUT, I was introduced to some new writers and look forward to diving into their books.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Wild Card (Tony Valentine #0.5)
  • Last Shot (Tim Rackley, #4)
  • The Last Whisper in the Dark (Terrier Rand, #2)
  • Penance: A Chicago Thriller
  • No Rest for the Dead
  • Facing Fire (Bad Boys Undercover, #3)
  • The Templeton Twins Make a Scene (Templeton Twins, #2)
  • Wounded Prey (Farrell & Kearns, #1)
  • The Night Is Alive (Krewe of Hunters, #10)
  • South of Hell (Louis Kincaid, #9)
  • Backwoods Boogie
  • The Bones Beneath (Tom Thorne, #12)
  • Abandoned: Sail Away\Million Dollar Baby
  • Death Takes a Holiday (F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation, #3)
  • Revenant
  • The Renegades (Charlie Hood, #2)
  • Exit Strategy (EXIT Inc., #1)
  • Invasion of Privacy
Jonathan Santlofer is the author of five novels and a highly respected artist whose work has been written about and reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, and Arts, and appears in many public, private, and corporate collections. He serves on the board of Yaddo, one of the oldest artist communities in the country. Santlofer lives and works in New York City.
More about Jonathan Santlofer...

Share This Book