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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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  • Carrie
  • Peoria, AZ, United States
  • 07-12-11

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!

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Jill
  • Charlote, NC, United States
  • 04-05-12

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!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • p
  • 03-29-12

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Deena
  • Brunswick, ME, United States
  • 07-09-11

Too many authors

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

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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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.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Obvious!

I would have thought that with 26 writers it would be riveting and exiting. It was obvious and disappointing. The Narration was fine, but the story was lacking. I jsut expected so much more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable listen.

The story was very good. I enjoyed the different narrators, I thought that was important to how the book was written. Very good listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Tisa
  • VICTORVILLE, CA, United States
  • 08-17-11

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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  • Philip
  • 08-22-15

Well worth a listen

I liked the use of multiple authors and readers. The story has a good pace and you do care about the "victim". A very good crime drama.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr P D Harrison
  • 07-26-15

Don't download it

What would have made No Rest for the Dead better?

A refund of my credit

What will your next listen be?

Either the new Lee Child book or a Clive Cussler one.

How could the performance have been better?

It's just my opinion but I like the same voice telling the story from start to finish and this one confused me when women were reading parts previously read by men and then men as women.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, it was boring. I was confused, bored and disappointed especially as the writers have done other works that I LOVE but not this one.

Any additional comments?

Don't wast a credit on this book, sorry.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Pauline
  • 01-28-15

My first purchase of a multi-author book.

What did you like most about No Rest for the Dead?

The way the story flowed, seamlessly, from author to author.

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

It was all good

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

The detective

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  • DAVID
  • 06-25-14

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<br/>

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<br/>

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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  • E-book worm
  • 02-06-14

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.

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  • Anita
  • 04-29-12

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.

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  • Larry
  • 06-03-15

No Rest for the Dead.

Loved the story, the unusual presentation by a number of different writers each of whom I enjoy.
One thing I don't like about books is when the lead up is approx. 95% of the thrill and the ending is 5% of suddeness.
This sudden ending is a slight disappointment to me. However, I never put it down from start to finish.
Where was Mr.King?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Petr
  • 11-06-17

Riverting story

My favourite narrator, riverting story and nice twist at the end. The beginning of the story is quite tough as it describes execution to a level of detail which some people can struggle to handle.