Friday, January 6, 2017

review: inherit the dead edited by jonathan santlofer

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Inherit the Dead tells the tale of a disgraced cop turned private investigator looking into the disappearance of a young woman who stands to inherit a significant sum of money. The case is strange from the start—Angelina’s mother would be the prime suspect in her disappearance (the mother gets the money if Angelina can’t inherit), but the mother is the one who hired Perry. As Perry digs into the details, he learns that little is as it seems. With 20 different authors (each writes a chapter), Inherit the Dead could have felt incredibly disjointed, but the plot came together excellently and the differences in writing styles didn’t detract from the story (wisely there were shifts in perspective that made the different writing styles work). The authors of Inherit the Dead make use of some clich├ęs (socialite slumming by dating a man of a lower class, disgraced cop, and the revelation about the villain), but the essential elements of a mystery are all there to make it a pleasurable read.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Touchstone.

Proceeds from Inherit the Dead benefit Safe Horizon.

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