The Inheritance (Nameless Detective Mystery)

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9781574901870: The Inheritance (Nameless Detective Mystery)

Tom Savage's two previous novels, Precipice and Valentine, have brought high praise from critics and fellow writers alike. Nelson DeMille called Savage's first novel, Precipice, "An extremely clever and gripping novel, marvelously plotted, and thoroughly spell-binding," while "A stunning first novel that presages a brilliant career," was Robert Parker's reaction. Ann Rule said, Precipice was "the most intricately plotted thriller I have read in years!" They will be preparing their superlatives again with the appearance of Savage's new thriller, The Inheritance. Most people only daydream the possibility; for Holly Smith the dream turned to reality--then a nightmare. The California girl who has lived a comfortable middle-class life finds herself heiress to a vast fortune and massive house on the East Coast. But from the moment she steps across the threshold of the mansion that is now hers, she feels the chill emanating from those who see her as the interloper--the woman who robbed them of what was rightfully theirs. And only her death will satisfy the lurking presence determined to wrest from her slender hands the inheritance that is rightfully--whose? With The Inheritance, Tom Savage has created a modern Gothic novel brimming with ever-mounting suspense.

* Tom Savage has received fabulous praise for his previous work.
* TV rights to Savage's Valentine have been sold to Hearst.

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About the Author:

Tom Savage is the author of three previous thrillers, including Precipice, Valentine, and The Inheritance (all available from Signet). He lives in New York City, where he divides his time between writing and working at Murder Ink, the world's oldest mystery bookstore. He is at work on a new novel.

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It purports to be a gothic novel, but any self-respecting gothic ought to generate a chill or two. This one doesn't. When we first meet incredibly beautiful Holly Smitha figure firmly rooted in romance fictionshe's just discovered that she's not Holly Smith at all. She's Holly Randall. For reasons too complex to detail here, she was given away as a newborn to this nice California couple who raised her to be a proper middle-class girl with modest middle-class aspirations. Now, suddenly, she finds herself an heir to a great estate. Among a whole passel of worldly goods that she stands to inherit is the Randall manse, which, from a distance, looks ``perfectly innocent.'' But ``appearances are deceiving,'' we're told. Consider Catherine and John Randallon the surface splendid, at the core obligatorily rotten. These are the Randalls whom Holly is usurping. It will surprise no one that they hate her. They decide in an eyeblink that a hit man is their sole sensible recourse, then set about hiring one. Actually, the general population of Randall House loves to hate, and loves to act mysteriously. Who, for instance, is that cowled person prowling the premises at night? Who is the strange young woman obsessively burying a totemic baby? Around these and other enigmatic figures the plot twists, tirelessly. But where there's no spark of life, there's nothing to raise a goosebump. Pedestrian prose, stilted dialogue, wooden and/or overfamiliar characters. In his third time out (Valentine, 1994; Precipice, 1995, etc.), Savage takes a step back. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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