The Rich and the Dead, edited by Nelson DeMille (Grand Central)

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Twenty mystery writers, including some very big names—such as DeMille, Lee Child, David Morrell, and Michael Connelly—have concocted stories about murder in high places, specifically, amid society’s upper crust, where the wealthy and privileged operate according to a special set of rules. There’s quite a variety here, from Connelly’s Harry Bosch story, which is formatted like a transcript of a police interview with a wealthy widow, to Child’s vignette involving a dealer of “white powder” and his plans for a traitorous employee, to DeMille’s tale of a former best-selling writer’s murderous plans to get some quick cash and how they go awry. The annual Mystery Writers of America anthologies are always eagerly anticipated by genre fans, and this one should live up to most expectations.

This review originally appeared in Booklist, April 2011.

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