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From Publishers Weekly

First there was Naked Came the Stranger, a novel written round-robin by Newsday staff, then Naked Came the Manatee, a serial crime caper from Miami-based writers. Now, here's a legal thriller wherein each succeeding chapter has been created by recognized pros in the genre. The roster of authors includes Leslie Glass, Gini Hartzmark, John Katzenbach, John Lescroart, Bonnie MacDougal, Phillip Margolin, Brad Meltzer, Michael Palmer, Lisa Scottoline and Laurence Shames all of whose contributions appear without bylines. Saluting and satirizing the tricks of the trade, Bernhardt starts the story off on a Long Island estate as oil mogul Arthur Hightower threatens to divorce his martini-soaked wife, Julia, and cut off his wastrel children. Before he makes good on the threat, Arthur's frozen corpse is discovered in the basement freezer. Julia hires Devin Gail McGee to defend her in court, not knowing Devin once shared a hot tub with the handsome prosecutor. Bernhardt laces his opener with possibilities, then each author in turn uncovers clues and miscues, from the toe cut off by the movie-quoting thug in clown costume to one lawyer's unseemly devotion to his voyeuristic pet rabbit. The fun for readers of this team tour de force is not to solve the case but to guess which author penned which chapter. Remarkably, the ending ties up more loose ends than anyone has a right to expect. More publishing than literary event, more mind game than artistic accomplishment, the book is an over-the-top diversion, with each author attempting to be more clever than the one before. There are some hits and some misses, but most of the curveballs are fun. (Nov.)Conservancy.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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A thriller with chapters by different authors, e.g., Philip Margolin, Brad Meltzer, and Lisa Scottoline.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345437691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345437693
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want a quick and entertaining read that has a lot of humor and surprises, this is it.
Konrad Kern
The result: a remarkably smooth yet unpredictable story which fans of crime and suspense will appreciate.
Midwest Book Review
What an incredible "Collaborative Novel of Suspense" by 11 beloved and best-selling notable authors.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor V. Miller on December 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
NATURAL SUSPECT is a roller coaster ride on the noir side which alternately keeps you glued to your chair while its amazingly cohesive plot unreels and hanging on for dear life to keep from rolling on the floor with laughter. Mavened by master of suspense William Bernhardt, this delightful whodunnit-and-why? thriller combines his own talents with those of eleven other top writers in the genre round-robin fashion...each in turn adding hir own unique touch to whatever has gone before...and moves hilariously from twist to turn as we follow the trail of a cunning killer down one blind alley after another to the novel's absolutely logical denouement. There's simply no way to capsulize the plotline since what Bernhardt begins as a dysfunctional family saga...mega-millionaire Daddy Hightower, after threatening to disinherit his entire wacky family, has been found dead in the deep freeze...speedily develops a life of its own as a hoot-and-a-half pastiche where all the gimmicks and stock characters appropriate to the genre (from the hard-boiled gumshoe to amateur-detective-wins-out with overtones of international espionage plus Hitchcock's classic McGuffin in the form of a rabbit) are brilliantly satirized, limited only by the imaginations of the individual writers and the reader's willingness to accept their premises. What fun! its authors must have had playing Can-You-Top-This? and their pleasure is thoroughly contagious. As a reader, I found myself mentally rubbing my hands in glee to see what would/could happen next under the now-given circumstances. What is perhaps most unusual of all about this surprisingly compelling exercise in suspense is just how well the whole story hangs together without ever violating our willingness to suspend disbelief. These folks really know their business, and I'd call NATURAL SUSPECT a "natural" wonder and a definite must-read for fans of the genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Konrad Kern VINE VOICE on December 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
See storyline above.
William Bernhardt leads of this novel with the first chapter, in a collaborative work of fiction sure to entertain. The uniqueness lies in the fact that each of the authors didn’t know the storyline until it was his/her turn to write a chapter. When the author is finished with his/her chapter, he sends it on to the next.
The end result is a fun and entertaining mystery written by some very talented writers (see above). The novel was written more for fun and should be read with this in mind. If you want a quick and entertaining read that has a lot of humor and surprises, this is it.
Recommended for all mystery lovers with a flair for fun.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2002
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After all the rave reviews, I couldn't wait to start this book. What a disappointment it was. I found the characters shallow and totally unlikeable, the plot impossible to follow, and in general....just a boring book. I read to the end but now I don't know why I bothered.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Hightowers of Hightower oil may be very rich, but they are not happy. The mother Julia is a drunk; the son is a dilettante with a wife who has a single digit IQ; and the daughter believes play is weed. The patriarch, Arthur, never encouraged them to work, preferring they remain under his control until he was ready to divorce his wife and disinherit his children.

Before that could happen, Arthur is found murdered, frozen solid in the family's locked freezer. The wife is arrested because the victim's blood was on her blouse and her pearls were found in his hands. She is a heavy drunk who suffers blackouts and had no alibi. Julia hires a no name lawyer who realizes that there is a lot more to this case than meets the eye.

NATURAL SUSPECT is one story line divided by chapters with each chapter written by some very famous writers in the mystery field including Leslie Glass, Michael Palmer and John Lescroart. The chapters are numbered but no credit is given to the author (except for chapter one written by William Bernhardt) so readers will have a mystery trying to figure out which writer wrote what chapter. The chapters smoothly flow into another, but with different styles making for an interesting puzzle inside a who-done-it that turns NATURAL SUSPECT into a fine read.

Harriet Klausner
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Extraordinary! What an incredible "Collaborative Novel of Suspense" by 11 beloved and best-selling notable authors. I read the description of the novel and was totally intrigued. The book is as amazing as I anticipated and in fact it surpassed any and all expectations! I loved it!!

William Bernhardt conceptualized the creation of a mystery written by multiple authors as he invited 10 of his author colleagues to join the fun! It is also very special to note that the project collaboration was simultaneously devised as a fundraiser and supports a very deserving cause as all author royalties are donated to The Nature Conservancy.

I was so excited to learn that 5 of my favorite authors contributed to this adventurous writing including William Bernhardt, John Lescroart, Phillip Margolin, Brad Meltzer, and Lisa Scottoline. It was also a wonderful introduction to the 6 authors that I now must investigate their independent writing as I so enjoyed their gifts of collaboration and generosity to this project including Leslie Glass, Gini Hartzmark, John Katzenbach, Bonnie MacDougal, Michael Palmer, and Laurence Shames.

I could keep the thesaurus open all night in an effort to try to capture just a snippet of the delight in reading this novel. It's a perfect blend of page-turning, riveting, exciting, unique, suspenseful scenes of courtroom drama, murder and mayhem, and investigative reporting, with humorous lines all mixed into one extraordinary and outstanding novel.

Even if you never read the author's Afterword - Don't miss this one! It shares more details of how the novel came from creation to fruition. My only disappointment is that the web site that was initially created for this title to share which author wrote each chapter no longer seems to be available.
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