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Inherit the Dead

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,640 Ratings  ·  309 Reviews
Twenty thrilling writers. One chilling mystery.

Pericles “Perry” Christo is a P.I. with a past. A one-time NYPD homicide cop, Perry has been struggling since he lost his badge, and his marriage, in a notorious corruption scandal. So when wealthy Upper East Side matron Julia Drusilla calls him one cold February night, he jumps at the chance to work what seems to be a straigh
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Published October 8th 2013 by Simon Schuster Audio (first published January 1st 2013)
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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 11, 2013 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
Jan 19, 2014 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 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 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)
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
This was very enjoyable and really nicely done for a collaboration.
Dawn Davies
An interesting concept, I found it difficult to get onto, and noticed the change in writing style at the beginning, but as the book continued it improved considerably, I enjoyed it
Aug 09, 2014 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
Cheryl M-M
Sep 13, 2013 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
Aug 17, 2013 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
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
Aug 18, 2016 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
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
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition someone who has attempted back and forth writing projects with friends before, I could appreciate the concept behind this novel. However, the end result was just too self-aware and patchy. The writers I loved already did an admirable job carrying the story along, but others...well, let's just say that I didn't discover anyone whose work I want to explore. Our PI Perry hits pretty much every detective cliche except for having a drinking problem (seriously, he even wears a trench coat), ...more
Feb 21, 2015 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
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.
Nancy Hudson
This book did not become interesting until the Mary Higgins Clark chapter. Mysteries need to capture the interest of the reader right away. Instead, each writer recapped unimportant details - the trench coat, Nickie's scarf, etc. Part of the fun of reading Who-Done-Its, is figuring out who done it. When that character isn't introduced, or even implied, until the last chapter, I am left cold. Just give me a Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Grishom or Lee Child, with help from no others.
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.
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.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I'm surprised at the ending. I will read some of these authors.
There is an inherent problem with this type of book. Once a well-known author agrees to furnish a chapter of the book who would feel comfortable suggesting that the writing does not match the tone of the rest of the book. Two of the authors of this twenty chapter book have writing styles that are more crass and choppy and their work detracted from the rest of the book. I could tell after a couple of paragraphs that I wasn't going to enjoy their writing and would have skipped the chapters if I di ...more
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-sugar-2017
This book is the result on the combined efforts of twenty prominent writers. While the story flowed along pretty well, having so many different minds creating it and staying true to his or her own style and voice makes things feel choppy. I found myself eager to finish it, not so much because I was enjoying it but just so I could check it off my list. It wasn't a terrible book, but I wouldn't recommend it. A portion of the proceeds from this book go to a vicim's charity, which is the best thing ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book I was almost going to give 4 stars to, but then I realized, for me, 4 stars is given to a book I would gladly read again. "Inherit The Dead " was a fast read for me. I greatly wanted to finish it and find out how everything turns out. But it is not good enough for me to vow that I will read it again. Yes, it was very good...just not superb enough to earn 4 stars. You will not be sorry you read it and you can probably do it in just a couple sittings.
Linda Griffin
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book Ive read written by 20 writers. Most of the characters were not likeable but it held my interest. There were a couple writers who you could see the change of writting style but most of the writers smoothly blended together. They did a great job and would like to know about the mechanics and how they worked out the story.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great and twisting story.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
not bad other than me shouting at the CD the thing that was nagging at the PI for 3 chapters!!
Debra Gordon
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg really great a must read, with twenty of the bestsellers writers how could you go wrong
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twenty authors, each writing a chapter, and it all came together into a great read.
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a pr ...more
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