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No Rest for the Dead | [David Baldacci (introduction), Laurie H. Armstrong, Sandra Brown, Jeffery Deaver, Robert Dugoni, Brian Gruley, J. A. Jance]

No Rest for the Dead

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Carrie Peoria, AZ, United States 07-12-11
    Carrie Peoria, AZ, United States 07-12-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Not as good as expected"

    I was so excited to download a real who-dunnit by some of the greatest authors ever but... I don't know. It was good, but not as good as I had expected. I never really felt a significant connection to any of the charachters. It felt choppy, and not that surprising at the end. Not bad for a summer listen, but there's better out there for sure!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Becky OH, United States 07-19-11
    Becky OH, United States 07-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Probably better read than listened to"

    The variety of narrators is a little off-putting. Even in books with multiple narrators (like The Help), the first person narration is normally done in a common voice for that character. That said, the story is interesting, if a little predictable.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    AMP 07-14-11
    AMP 07-14-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Huh"

    Disappointed. A different narrator for each chapter was annoying and disruptice. The characters never developed to any depth and were almost uniformly unlikable. And the ending was disappointing. Maybe it's a better read on paper but I wish I hadn't wasted the credit on this.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Deena Brunswick, ME, United States 07-09-11
    Deena Brunswick, ME, United States 07-09-11
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    "Too many authors"

    The book is uneven in quality probably due to too many authors. The plot is god but it's not enough.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Orlando Girl Oviedo, FL, United States 08-07-11
    Orlando Girl Oviedo, FL, United States 08-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book/bad recording!"

    The book is interesting and definitely worth a listen. The narrators do a fine job, and the plot moves forward fairly seamlessly considering each chapter is written by a different writer. However, Part 2 of the book is not broken down into segmented chapters for listening, as Part 1 is. I accidentally hit rewind on my Ipod and had to manually fast forward through 2 hours of listening to get back to the chapter I had left off on (unable to simply scroll back to the correct chapter). I don't know if my download was some kind of fluke since no other reviewer mentions this problem. But for the sake of future readers, I hope this problem has been corrected.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    p bellvue, CO, United States 03-29-12
    p bellvue, CO, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2010

    A Traveling Listener

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    "Missed Target"

    Too many narrators and too many writers with the resulting effect of confusing the voice and pace of the book. First, the narration: each chapter has a different narrator so any indentification with the character is lost for the listener. We hear the thoughts of character Rosemary in a woman's voice, then a man's. As a listener I struggled with the continuity of the story because I had to change my character perceptions with each new voice. Secondly the same problem occurred for me with the pace of the story. Every time the author changed so did the language and pace of the story - the tone as well. Perhaps if I had read the book instead of listened I would not have experienced the level of distraction I did. I would not recommend the book nor the method with which it was produced. I do believe PRODUCED is the correct word. As far as being predictable - well, it had a twist - but not so clever as to be exciting when unveiled. Overall a disappointing experience created by many good narrators and writers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Walnut Creek, CA, United States 07-28-11
    Kevin Walnut Creek, CA, United States 07-28-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Bad idea"

    Great plot. However, each author seemed to feel the need to scene set in each chapter rendering the book extremely tedious. First book I couldn't finnish in years!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Charlote, NC, United States 04-05-12
    Jill Charlote, NC, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great work by most of my favorite authors!"

    This was an amazing book with chapters written by different authors. There was continuity throughout the book which must be hard with so many writing styles but it was an incredible story!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tisa VICTORVILLE, CA, United States 08-17-11
    Tisa VICTORVILLE, CA, United States 08-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Plenty of rest for the listeners"

    Caveat: I don't like improve TV shows, either. Starts off with a beautiful chapter about capital punishment, then moves into flashback mode. (You aspiring writers have, no doubt, done this exercise in your writing groups). Chapters written in such diverse styles don't hold together for a good listen. Might be a good read for aspiring thriller writers. Or, you might like "First Thrills," better. It's an anthology of thriller short stories written by hot-selling authors. It's also available at Audible.com. Please be sure to review it...only three POVs up so far.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wilhelmina Orlando, FL, United States 03-04-12
    Wilhelmina Orlando, FL, United States 03-04-12 Member Since 2009

    I love to listen and read books. I don't waste a minute...I listen when I am driving, cleaning, getting my nails done, etc. Fiction books are my favorites.... mysteries.

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    "No Rest for the Dead"
    Would you listen to No Rest for the Dead again? Why?

    Yes. I could relax and hear parts that I missed because I was anticipating. However, I didn't like the ending, so maybe I wouldn't.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The person who was executed. She was a good person


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Time. I listen to the books when I do my 5 mile walk in the morning and when I am driving and when I am washing dishes.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I thought passing it off to different authors was masterful. Did they end it the way it was outlined or did each take it where they wanted and the next person had to pick it up from there? Interesting...but I didn't like the ending. Too easy. I would have put a twist on it and had her come back...meaning she was never executed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • DAVID
    BRENTFORD, United Kingdom
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    "Wasn't sure when I purchased but was surprised"
    Would you listen to No Rest for the Dead again? Why?

    Yes after the second chapter I got used to the different writing styles and narrators


    What other book might you compare No Rest for the Dead to, and why?

    Although David Baldaci did the intro it was lnothing like his style more in the vain of a modern day Agatha Christie


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The twist towRds the end


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Na


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  • Debbie
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    2/6/14
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    "An interesting concept with brilliant results"

    A collection of authors were pulled together and they wrote a book. Each chapter is by a different author but the story flows easily. The story switches between past and present as a disgraced policeman tries to undercover the real truth of what he willingly saw. Was she guilty or wasn't she?? A clever way to produce a book and very easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anita
    Worcester Park, United Kingdom
    4/29/12
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    "Pleasantly surprised"

    I was sceptical about this thriller as is was written by 26 authors in total, however it had a gripping story line with interesting characters and the story flowed well. Very well narrated throughout, and would happily recommend to lovers of thrillers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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