Inherit the Dead: A Novel by Lee Child, et al. (Touchstone, $25.99, 288 pages)
Twenty Thrilling Writers. One Chilling Mystery.
Mystery fans will be happy to know that the twenty writers who contributed to this serial novel are supporting a good cause, Safe Horizon — a charity in support of victims of violent crimes. Lisa Unger, Lawrence Block, Marcia Clark and John Connolly are this reviewer’s favorites in the mix. In a serial novel, each writer adds to the story thread in his or her own writing style (although each author was given an outline of the plot).
The plot twists and scenes follow along with these styles. Some chapters are all action and others are based on character conversations. Entries at the conclusion of several chapters are printed in a different type font — clearly originating from an unseen character who is either bonkers or a sociopath.
Pericles “Perry” Christo is hired to find a missing heiress named Angelina (Angel for short). Perry is a former New York Police Department homicide detective who is down on his luck but not defeated. Angel’s mom is fading fast and wants to reconnect with her daughter. The hunt for Angel takes Perry from New York City to the Hamptons and back.
Inherit the Dead is a good read with plenty of tension building to the reveal.
A review copy was provided by the publisher.
Inherit the Dead was released on October 8, 2013.
Here is an interview with Jonathan Santlofer, the Editor of the book: