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5.0 out of 5 starsGood collection
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2015
Its an anthology so many of the questions above are dependent on what story you are reading. Enjoyable and DeMille has been a favorite for years. Short stories are fantastic to get a complete little tale in before moving on to something else....like sleep....and this collection is for the Crime fiction aficionado.
I really love this book. It is chance to read some of the best mystery writing today. The writers range from the well-known to the unknown and I enjoyed them all, especially the story written by new author, Karen Catalona. I predict she has a great writing career ahead of her.
I was quite surprised when I decided to start this book after owning it for several months. It's just the right mixture of suspense and money. Since there are numerous stories, it great for when you have to wait someplace and don't want to read a long novel. If you like mysteries, then this is a book you'll surely enjoy.
This was an interesting anthology. As implied by the title, all the stories relate to various aspects of greed and avarice. I hope DeMille or some other notable editor follows up with more along these lines!
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2012
There were a few good mysteries, but most in this book were predictable, a bit silly, or seemed incomplete ... I was looking forward to an exciting group of short-story mysteries, but was very disappointed.
It's always difficult for me to review a book containing a compilation of various works by a variety of authors. Some stories I like, others not so much. The same hold true for the authors. THE RICH AND THE DEAD contains works by some well know names like Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Nelson DeMille, Ted Bell etc. as well as others whose works I have not read......until now. Along with my old favorites, thanks to this book, I have been introduced to the writing of new authors (to me at least) like Karen Catalona, Daniel J. Hale and Harley Jane Kozak...authors whose works I will now be sure to read again.
I have no idea if money makes one more devious and evil than the lack of money but in this instance each and every character in the various offerings either has tons of it and is bent on holding on to it....or is being pursued, blackmailed or romanced by someone else who wants to get their hands on it. All in all, every story in this book demonstrates the talent and vivid imagination of the individual authors. Among my favorites were The Pirate of Palm Beach which features a war of wits between a snarky gossip columnist and a rich playboy con artist, The Precipice a tale of surprising twists and rekindled love, The Sadowsky Manuscript, a lesson in the pitfalls present in the competitive world of publishing and my own personal favorite, Lamborghini Mommy whose protagonist is a lady I would enjoy having as a best friend. There is even one period piece in the collection called Poetic Justice that tells the tale of a factory owner and a servant in his home that will appeal to the devotees of historical fiction. Be forewarned, this is not the usual historical fiction fare with love blossoming between the master of the house and a beautiful but poverty stricken woman. He's ruthless and she's out for revenge.
This is the perfect book for someone who likes to read before turning out the light for the evening, but doesn't want to stay up all night to see how the story ends. These stories are short, concise, entertaining and best of all you can finish one in a matter of minutes and get to sleep. Your only problem may be that, like candy, one piece could prove to be addictive and leave you craving more.