More than 20 New York Times best-selling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel - a collaboration that combines the skills of America's greatest storytellers to produce a gripping, spellbinding mystery.
"The lineup of writers who have contributed to this mystery is akin to the Murderers' Row of the 1927 New York Yankees. There is not a weak spot in the bunch."
David Baldacci, from the Introduction
Alexander McCall Smith. Sandra Brown. Faye Kellerman. J.A. Jance. Jeffery Deaver. Kathy Reichs. Lisa Scottoline. Jeff Lindsay. These are only a handful of the names that make up the all-star lineup of authors behind No Rest for the Dead, a tale of vengeance, greed, and love that flows seamlessly, in the words of David Baldacci, "as it passes from one creator's mind to the next."
When Christopher Thomas, a ruthless curator at San Francisco's McFall Art Museum, is murdered and his decaying body is found in an iron maiden in a Berlin museum, his wife, Rosemary, is the primary suspect, and she is tried, convicted and executed. Ten years later, Jon Nunn, the detective who cracked the case, is convinced that the wrong person was put to death. In the years since the case was closed, he's discovered a web of deceit and betrayal surrounding the Thomases that could implicate any number of people in the crime. With the help of the dead woman's friend, he plans to gather everyone who was there the night Christopher died and finally uncover the truth, suspect by suspect. Solving this case may be Nunn's last chance for redemption… but the shadowy forces behind Christopher's death will stop at nothing to silence the past forever.
In this innovative storytelling approach, each of 25 best-selling writers brings their distinctive voice to a chapter of the narrative, building the tension to a shocking, explosive finale.
With contributions from David Baldacci (Introduction), Jeff Lindsay, Alexander McCall Smith, Jonathan Santlofer, Sandra Brown, Faye Kellerman, Kathy Reichs, Benjamin Kelly, John Lescroart, T. Jefferson Parker, Gayle Lynds, Matthew Pearl, J. A. Jance, Michael Palmer, Marcia Talley, P. D. James, Diana Gabaldon, Philip Margolin, Tess Gerritsen, Katherine Neville, Lisa Scottoline, R. L. Stine, Jeffery Deaver, Laurie H. Armstrong, Brian Gruley, Robert Dugoni.
©2011 Sandra Brown, David Baldacci, R.L. Stine, Lisa Scottoline, Jeffery Deaver, David Baldacci (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"Twenty-six fantastic writers + one good cause = irresistible mystery nirvana." (Lee Child)
"Brilliant…. If you like your mysteries smart, with a great twist, then you must read this book.” (Linda Fairstein)
"Wow, what a line up! You can't go wrong here." (Michael Connelly)
This story was too schizophrenic to enjoy. The old saying about too many cooks might just as well be said for authors as well.
Great story...felt every emotion. Loved the various voices added to flow kept me entertained loved it!
No I wouldn't recommend it to a friend. It was like a chopped up mini-series with different narration at every chapter and a plot that didn't cohesively fit together.
Didn't expect the ending.
There were too many of them. Each chapter had a different voice and it was so distracting.
Turn it off.
If the book was read by just two narrators it would have been more enjoyable and the differences in writing styles may not have been so apparent.
Despite reviews about how difficult it was to understand this book with so many authors and their different styles, I purchased it anyway - and I was not disappointed!! It was a riveting, edge-of-your-seat thriller!
An Amazing read!
I did not like that it was not the same narrator "thru" the entire book, it took me a while to get used to the new voices.
I was mad at one of the characters at the end, in total disbelief!
This book was an experience, each chapter written by a different author, the styles are so unique but they tie to the previous chapter so well. I can say it kept me guessing. I would have preffered if only two narrators were used as it took away from the flow when listening. Aside of that, this book is a great read!!!
I was amazed that I could see such a difference in writing styles, chapter to chapter. This must have been a real challenge to put this story together with so many gifted minds creating it. The story itself was good, but the variety of writing styles in the book was captivating. I am definitely going to look for more books by a couple of these writers.
I wasn't endeared to any particular character.
I find some readers are just easier to follow and listen to than others. I enjoyed the readers of this book.
No. I probably listened to it in 3 segments.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
The great line up of crime writers and narrators that have teamed up to create the book and audio book ensure that this is an excellent read. With many twists and turns and everyone a suspect with a strong motive. A very enjoyable read and listen.
The mystery and the plot and the great ending with a little dark humour thrown in for good measure. I also loved the way the story comes together in the end. This is an excellent collaboration.
This is a brilliant collaborative work written by some of the best crime and mystery writers around today. It is also well read by a great team of narrators. I loved the concept and the storyline, a must read and listen for mystery enthusiasts.
I'm a bored Alabamian looking for a way to escape!
Yes, the audio version enhanced the print version for me.
The most memorable moment for me was the execution of Rosemary Thomas. It was absolutely heartbreaking and I wondered if that was what truly happened to people when prisons carry out the death penalty.
Since there were six narrators, I couldn't really pick out one particular performance. I recognized the difference between the two female narrators. One I preferred over the other. However, it was more difficult to identify each male narrator. What I liked most, the seemingly deliberate attempt to separate narrators for the different characters. It made listening easier. There were six narrators: James Colby, Jonathan Davis, Richard Ferrone, Eliza Foss, Carol Monda and Tom Stechschulte.
The execution scene was the most emotional for me.
I just finished the audiobook and acknowledge that it was an interesting experiment to use so many different writers to create one story. And it was a good story. It didn't bother me listening to the different voices. But since some chapters were short, I often took five to ten minute breaks to keep the characters in my head.
Yes, sometimes the different voices of the writers were clearly defined, and a bit jarring from one chapter to the next, but not enough to completely ruin the story. Perhaps it's because I'm not familiar with all the writers. I think it an excellent accomplishment to get so many minds focused on one story. And it was a treat to listen to the work of R. L. Stein and it not be Goosebumps-related!
No Rest For The Dead reminded me of Christie's novel, Evil Under The Sun. It felt very 1970s whodunit. And I enjoyed it! Good story, good narration, fair experiment.
The Iron Maiden (I want one)
More, more, more - couldn't stop walking!!!
When they found husband in his torture chamber. Hopefully he was alive when they put him in it!!!
Who's sitting while they listen!! I'm walking my dog for miles.
It's a good thing I don't listen to comments. I read them, and laugh at all the negative comments. There hasn't been a Tess Gerritsen book I haven't liked. I've liked them all, particularly the "Rizzoli & Isles" series. (Of course I've Also watched the "Rizzoli &Isles" TV series - every one of them!!) I read all the "Rizzoli & Isles" first, and while waiting for the next "R & I", I listened to all her others.
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