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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
A Traveling Listener
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.
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.
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!
What more can I say? A great plot, that had me wanting to make my 30 minute commute to work a 3 hour commute! It gripped me from the first sentence to the last. A great plot about a lady who might have been executed for a crime she didn't commit. It's ten years since her death, and the detective who thought he cracked the case is wracked by guilt, his life a mess he seeks to uncover the truth once and for all. But that when things start to get fast and furious. He finds that he and some other characters are harassed and threatened and he realizes that he may be on to something. A great ending, great writing from many of my favorite authors like Jeffery Deaver, Alexander McCall Smith, even R.L. Stine.
The readers were fantastic, now I just wish that they can turn this into a film.
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