The truly wealthy live in another world. From their multi-national businesses to their palatial mansions to their exotic vacations at glamorous places all around the world, they do everything in a big way. And sometimes, that even includes crime. In this anthology, you’ll read about a wealthy writer who plots murder his hopeless agent, an aging actress who clings to her past of wealth and fame, and a spoiled rich boy who steps into dangerous territory with his mean antics, among others. The Rich and the Dead features mystery and crime stories set among the upper crust of society, going behind the scenes of the lifestyles of the two percent of the world that controls sixty percent of its riches–and just how far they’ll go to stay on top.
edited by Nelson DeMille, published May 2011 by Grand Central Publishing
Featuring Stories by:
Daniel J. Hale
Harley Jane Kozak
Review: Rich people can be both criminals and victims, as shown by the 20 stories in this solid anthology, whose contributors range from bestselling veterans to newcomers. Standouts include Michael Connelly’s “Blood Washes Off,” in which detective Harry Bosch makes a welcome appearance in the interview room; Harley Jane Kozak’s “Lamborghini Mommy,” which plays a nice variation on look-alikes; and Roberta Isleib’s “The Itinerary,” in which widowed Connecticut detective Jack Meigs vacations in Key West, but can’t keep his cop instincts from sniffing out crime instead of tourist attractions. Carolyn Mullen’s first published fiction, “Poetic Justice,” is a wonderfully sly, clever story with literary underpinnings. In Frank Cook’s “The Gift,” two partners separate and take very different paths to success, but can’t separate their fates. Using everything from Ponzi schemes to trophy wives to inherited wealth, these MWA authors prove that money isn’t always the right answer. Publishers Weekly
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