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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

Critic Reviews

"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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What a great book

This is an amazing book. All the masters of Thrillers and Mysteries collaborating on a seamless story with multiple twists and turns.
You have to read/listen to this book. You won’t be able to put it down!

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Great collaboration!

It was a great original story and kept me on the edge of my seat. It had Baladacci's name which is why I wanted to listen in the first place.
I love hearing new ideas and not the same old mysteries retold.

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Disjointed

I thought it would be better. Storyline was weak. Different readers made it a bit confusing.

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You must think the readers are stupid.

In California getting executed in less than 25 years impossible. Not returning body 4autopsy defenseless.

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one of the best

the was the best book,caught me by surprise the ending ,but enjoyed every single word

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well done

This book is terrific from beginning to end. Narration was excellent too! Very well done

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What a disappointment

Story was off the wall. Lost interest in 2nf chapter and that was the end of my reading.

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dead book

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

no comment

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

could not find the story line

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

could not read it

Any additional comments?

<br/>This book, I gave up after 5 minutes, it is boring and dreary

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Nice surprise!

I had my doubts about a book written by several authors. this book started out incredibly slow. I stopped reading it and read another book, twice. After around for chapters, it picked up speed and never let me go. great read!

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Twists and turns

Loved the way the story passed from writer to writer with seamless effort. All built upon each layer, creating a believable plot filled with believable characters.