Inherit the Dead
Ed. by Jonathan Santlofer
Touchstone, 2013. 265 pgs. Mystery
Julia Drusilla’s daughter, Angel, is about to inherit a fortune but disappears without a trace. So Julia hires Perry Christo, a PI with a past, to track Angel down, but no one will tell Perry the truth, and he isn’t the only one looking for her. Danger and deception will keep you guessing until the end.
This book is the collaborative effort of twenty distinguished crime authors: Mark Billingham, Lawrence Block, C.J. Box, Ken Bruen, Alafair Burke, Stephen L. Carter, Marcia Clark, Mary Higgins Clark, Max Allan Collins, John Connolly, James Grady, Heather Graham, Bryan Gruley, Charlaine Harris, Val McDermid, S.J. Rozan, Jonathan Santlofer, Dana Stabenow, Lisa Unger, and Sarah Weinman. Although each author writes only one chapter and maintains their own personal writing style, the plot progresses smoothly. I found the story style(s) enjoyable, though nothing extraordinary. That being said, I think the more familiar the reader is with these authors, the greater their appreciation will be.