A Review of Inherit the Dead by Lee Child and Others

Inherit the DeadInherit the Dead

by Lee Child, C. J. Box, Charlaine Harris, John Connolly, Mary Higgins Clark, and others

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 bring some of their unique styles to the narrative.

Linda Fairstein wanted to draw attention to “Safe Horizon, the largest victims’ support charity in the United States”. So Jonathan Santlofer agreed to put the book together and called on 20 renowned crime writers to be a part of this book in support of Safe Horizon. “They all said yes.” “and rallied around a good cause” (From the Introduction)

I give this book 4 Stars out of 5 and A Big Thumbs Up. I enjoyed the idea of a serial novel written by so many authors that I read and follow. It was fun and interesting and supports a good cause. Read “Inherit the Dead” if you like any of these authors. I think you will enjoy it as much as I did.

I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com.

Book Description

Release date: October 8, 2013


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. In an inventive storytelling approach, each writer brings his or her distinctive voice to a chapter of Inherit the Dead, building the tension to a shocking, explosive finale.

Product Details

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Touchstone (October 8, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1451684754

ISBN-13: 978-1451684759

Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Despite the usual serial-novel pitfalls, C.J. Box, Lawrence Block, Mary Higgins Clark, Charlaine Harris, Val McDermid, and the 15 other distinguished crime authors who each contribute a chapter to this team project succeed in fashioning an engaging and cohesive plot. Each author maintains his or her distinctive style and storytelling approach. Marcia Clark’s offering is a mini–legal thriller, for example, while Heather Graham’s is heavy on the romance. Wealthy Julia Drusilla hires former NYPD homicide cop Pericles Perry Christo to find her missing 20-year-old daughter, Angelina, who’s set to inherit a fortune. The trail to Angel, as her family calls her, twists from Manhattan’s Upper East Side to the Hamptons and Brooklyn. Everyone in Angel’s life has an ulterior motive, including her father, boyfriend, and best friend. The chapters move seamlessly as clues and storylines set up by one author are expanded by the next. Royalties in excess of editor and contributor compensations go to Safe Horizon, America’s largest provider of services for domestic violence victims. (Oct.)

From Booklist

Although it’s not a sequel to 2011’s No Rest for the Dead, this novel-by-committee is a very good follow-up. Twenty writers—among them such notables as Billingham, Box, Bruen, Connolly, and McDermid—combine forces to tell the story of private investigator Perry Christo, a former NYPD homicide cop who’s hired by a society woman to find her missing daughter, Angel, who doesn’t know that she’s about to become a fabulously wealthy heiress. But that will only happen if Angel signs some documents on her twenty-first birthday, which means Perry is operating on a short deadline. Adopting a conventional PI format, the book makes a few nods to classics of the genre (a character named Elisha Hook, for example, is a clear reference to actor Elisha Cook, Jr., who appeared in The Maltese Falcon). There are some stylistic variations between the 20 authors—John Connolly doesn’t sound like Charlaine Harris—but, for the most part, the story moves as though there were a single hand on the tiller. Not merely a genre curiosity, the book is a well-told mystery that stands on its own two (or 40) feet. –David Pitt

The book description is from Amazon. Inherit the Dead

3 thoughts on “A Review of Inherit the Dead by Lee Child and Others”

    1. It worked really well. Sometimes it nearly seemed like they were putting up a little challenge, like “What are you going to do with this?”. I enjoyed it.


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