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Inherit the Dead

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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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Touchstone (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
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
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
Jerry B
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
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.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 b ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Full disclosure- I skipped full chapters, and missed nothing.
The problem with all these writers, is that too many felt they needed to establish the character, instead of building on what was written before.
Dawn Davies
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-book-club
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
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
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
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
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
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 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
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
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Mar 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, march-2015
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
OK, I'm surprised at the ending. I will read some of these authors.
I don't know if the overall plot was outlined beforehand and every author did their best to work toward the goal, or if it literally was simply passed on from one author to another once one had finished their chapter, and the next author in line had to completely imagine where the story was heading based on what they were given. I'm more likely to believe the latter, as especially in the beginning chapters, we are pretty much just being formulaically introduced to one new character each chapter ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
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
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once in awhile I like a good detective book, though they’re not my usual fare. I was intrigued by this one more for the idea behind its creation than any other reason: twenty different authors telling one tale. I expected there to be glaring differences in style, but really the book went together seamlessly. It was a little annoying that some authors chose to rehash previous plot points and characterizations as intros to chapters, but for the most part it read like one complete book. Perhaps thi ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Three stars might be a bit high. I guess I'm giving it three because of the interesting concept and the proceeds going to charity. It was fun seeing what each author would do next. Unfortunately, it appears they felt the need to repeat a lot of things which wasn't necessary. It only made the book much longer than it had to be. The ending was kind of dumb. I usually liked the main character, Perry, but that often depended on each author's take of him. The other characters I did not care for at al ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Disgraced cop turned private investigator Perry Christo is hired by a rich heiress to find her missing daughter. But are things really what they seem?

2.5 An interesting concept, for sure. Twenty writers, one book. There were times when I felt the story being pulled in different directions but for the most part, it worked as one cohesive unit. Wish I could say I enjoyed it more, but I didn't feel connected to any of the characters and it took entirely too long to read.

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Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I admit I was hesitant about reading a book written by several authors, but I loved it and read it in one setting. I'm hoping there is at least one more book about the disgraced detective who misses his young daughter and his ex-wife, but is now a PI. Perry deserves to be reinstated after being set up by former colleagues in the NYPD but he is determined to find and save a young woman for her estranged mother, but is the young woman or any of the other characters in the case what they a
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
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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.