Inherit the Dead edited by Jonathan Santlofer
This is a serial-novel featuring an introduction from Lee Child, and written by several other distinguished crime authors such as Lawrence Block, CJ Box, Mary Higgins Clark, John Connolly, Heather Graham, Charlaine Harris, and Val McDermid.
Perry, a former cop turned private eye, is searching for Angel, a 20-year-old missing woman. Angel is set to inherit a fortune in just a few days on her 21st birthday. If she doesn’t sign the trust on her birthday, she loses everything.
Angel’s parents are divorced, but both have a lot of secrets (and issues!) of their own. Angel’s mother, Julia, is dying and her father is a recovering alcoholic who just fell off the wagon. When Perry finally hunts Angel down, she is convinced her mother is trying to kill her, but soon after (SPOILER ALERT) Angel’s mother takes a dive off her penthouse balcony. Perry doesn’t believe Julia’s death was an accident, but nobody wants to listen to him. He is convinced things are not what they seem and he will do whatever it takes to find the truth.
A mystery right up to the very last page. You won’t see it coming.
I was a bit apprehensive about reading a book written by 20 different authors (some I’ve read before and some I have not), but I have to admit I very much enjoyed this mystery. It flowed seamlessly from one chapter to the next and you would never know each one was written by someone else. All royalties from this book, other than editor and contributor compensation, are being donated to Safe Horizon, the largest provider of domestic violence services in America.
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