- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone (8 October 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451684754
- ISBN-13: 978-1451684759
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,62,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Inherit the Dead: A Novel Hardcover – Import, 8 Oct 2013
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"Although it’s not a sequel to 2011’s No Rest for the Dead, this novel-by-committee is a very good followup. Twenty writers—among them such notables as Billingham, Box, Bruen, Connolly, and McDermid—combine forces … 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." (Booklist)
“Well drawn and idiosyncratic . . . [with] some amazing twists. An entertaining mystery.” (Romance Reviews Today)
“Each chapter is written by a different author (all top-notch contributors ranging from Charlaine Harris and Heather Graham to John Connolly to Mary Higgins Clark) who moves the story forward in his or her own distinctive style . . . culminating in a surprising and shocking conclusion masterfully written by Lawrence Block. Thrillers fans will definitely want to check this book out! Not only is it a good read, you can feel good too as it supports a very worthy cause!” (Fresh Fiction)
“Not a hiccup from one chapter to the next. It's a delightful book … But what else can you expect when these tried and true authors combine their skills?” (BookLoons.com)
“When 20 of the best crime writers of our time team up to write a story, you know it will be worth the read. . . . The imagery evoked is noire, the PI just hardboiled enough, and the main reason for the investigation is a true femme fatale.” (RAGMAG)
“Inherit the Dead isn’t the first book written by a group of popular writers … but this novel-by-committee has to be one of the best. The novel grabs you in the first section and keeps building.… It isn’t often that you get to have so much fun while contributing to a wonderful charity.” (Connecticut Post)
"Although it’s not a sequel to 2011’s No Rest for the Dead, this novel-by-committee is a very good followup. Twenty writers—among them such notables as Billingham, Box, Bruen, Connolly, and McDermid—combine forces. … 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." (Booklist)
“Readers can’t go wrong with this juicy thriller written serial style by 20 popular authors.” (Library Journal)
“Distinguished crime authors who each contribute a chapter to this team project succeed in fashioning an engaging and cohesive plot. The chapters move seamlessly as clues and storylines set up by one author are expanded by the next.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A wonderfully written mind teasing mystery. The plot twist and turns will have you questioning and second guessing till the end. Each chapter starts with the contributing author so not only do you get a great story but a good taste of each author's individual work...making us want more.” (Tome Tender Book Blog)
About the Author
With an introduction by Lee Child, an afterword by Linda Fairstein, edited by Jonathan Santlofer and chapters by Mary Higgins Clark, John Connolly, Charlaine Harris, CJ Box, Mark Billingham, Lawrence Block, Ken Bruen, Alafair Burke, Stephen L. Carter, Marcia Clark, Max Allan Collins, James Grady, Heather Graham, Bryan Gruley, Val McDermid, SJ Rozan, Jonathan Santlofer, Dana Stabenow, Lisa Unger, and Sarah Weinman.
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> This ain’t Jack Reacher. It isn’t even Lee Child. Child only wrote the introduction -- and I thought that even that was lame.
> What this is, is a serially collaborative novel in which 20 authors write one chapter each, in a predetermined order. The adjective “serial” means that the authors didn’t work (collaborate) together, but instead they just took their turn when it came up.
> If you want to see what sort of mess 20 authors can make of a game of “pass the secret”, you’ll enjoy “Inherit the Dead”. Actually, for such an experiment, it isn’t too bad. I've actually read several other collaborative novels which were worse. Hard to imagine, but true.
> If you just want to read a good novel of Lee Child's quality, “Inherit the Dead” is a great disappointment. If character development is your thing, you’ll love “Inherit the Dead” – it’s nothing but character development because every author redevelops every character in every chapter. The plot wanders around aimlessly.
> None of the authors pay more than passing attention to the chapters which preceded their “turn”. New plot threads pop up, others vanish. A tangled, unsatisfying, mess -- plain and simple
> Click on “Stoney” just below the product title to see my other reviews, or leave a comment to ask a question.
The story pulled me along. Only after I finished did I check Dana's contribution. Then, in truth I laughed. You see Dana added some humor starting her chapter. Mentally, I'd laughed. Looking back it showed what a strong writer could do with less than ten pages to leave a memorable line or two. Still she moved the book forward. It is for a good cause. Buy the book.