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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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  • Monte
  • Sebastopol, Ca USA
  • 10-17-15

Well done

Enjoyed it and reader is excellent. Surprisingly an excellent tale by many writers

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  • Otto
  • Yucaipa, CA, United States
  • 08-01-15

I have to agree with the other critics

This story was too schizophrenic to enjoy. The old saying about too many cooks might just as well be said for authors as well.

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finished in one day!

Great story...felt every emotion. Loved the various voices added to flow kept me entertained loved it!

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Excellent book

This is one of the best books that I have listened to but I did figure it out before it really even started

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  • Annette
  • bloomington, IL, United States
  • 04-12-15

Don't waste your credit

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Didn't expect the ending.

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

There were too many of them. Each chapter had a different voice and it was so distracting.

Did No Rest for the Dead inspire you to do anything?

Turn it off.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Incredible colaboration!

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!

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Loved it!

If you could sum up No Rest for the Dead in three words, what would they be?

An Amazing read!

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was mad at one of the characters at the end, in total disbelief!

Any additional comments?

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!!!

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Twenty-Six Authors

What did you love best about No Rest for the Dead?

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.<br/>

Who was your favorite character and why?

I wasn't endeared to any particular character.

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

I find some readers are just easier to follow and listen to than others. I enjoyed the readers of this book.

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

No. I probably listened to it in 3 segments.

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An innocent woman executed?

What did you love best about No Rest for the Dead?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Interesting Experiment

Would you consider the audio edition of No Rest for the Dead to be better than the print version?

Yes, the audio version enhanced the print version for me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of No Rest for the Dead?

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.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The execution scene was the most emotional for me.

Any additional comments?

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. <br/><br/>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! <br/><br/>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.