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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

No Rest for the Reader

No Rest For The Dead is a who done it in the true sense, a modern day Sherlock Holmes. What makes this novel even more impressive is that it was written by 26 different authors, many of whom you've read (and enjoyed) in their own books. As a writer of seven novels mysel...
No Rest For The Dead is a who done it in the true sense, a modern day Sherlock Holmes. What makes this novel even more impressive is that it was written by 26 different authors, many of whom you've read (and enjoyed) in their own books. As a writer of seven novels myself, I can attest to the difficulty in bringing together so many diverse writing styles in a manner that makes it all appear seamless. Kudos to the editors, Andrew and Lamia Gulli, for their dedication and skill. It paid off, as I finished No Rest for the Dead in little over a day; it moves quickly and leaves no rest for the reader.

posted by AlanJacobson on July 21, 2011

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Fun read, but not without problems

There can be problems when you have 26 writers contributing to one story...flow, character development, and continuity are chief among those...and this story suffers from all three. It should be the editor's job to make sure the story flows smoothly, but this one doesn'...
There can be problems when you have 26 writers contributing to one story...flow, character development, and continuity are chief among those...and this story suffers from all three. It should be the editor's job to make sure the story flows smoothly, but this one doesn't. I found myself wondering less about what happens next and more about what part of the story would be revealed and why. The story moved, but more in a herky-jerky fashion than a steady flow. Character development suffered in this story. I guess that is a real risk when you have 26 people, each with a different vision of who the major characters are and the roles they play in the story. Because of this, the contributors tend to ignore development beyond the basics altogether. Again, it's the editor who needs to keep them on track, yet he can't do that without inserting his own vision of the characters. Continuity is less of an issue here, but there are a few leaps and bounds that keep the reader wondering how they got there. All that said, I did enjoy the story. The different contributors each brought their A game...I do wish some of them were given a little more leash, though. Perhaps fewer writers given longer or multiple chapters would help fix most of the issues. The story is a good one and the chase scene at the end is brilliantly written. Contrary to Baldacci's belief, I DID figure out the end, but it didn't detract from the rest of the story. Enjoy this one on the plane, at the beach or by the pool. I don't think you'll be disappointed!!

posted by I_Am_Psychodog on July 12, 2011

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

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    No Rest for the Dead

    I thought the concept of No Rest for the Dead was a unique one; twenty-six authors write a chapter our two telling a story. I also thought that it would be a little disjointed, but these mystery writers ended up writing a great book.

    The story revolves around the tenth anniversary of the execution of Rosemary Thomas, who was convicted of murdering her husband. Even ten years later, the investigation officer has doubts that she was guilty.

    Although each author took a chapter or scene, the book flowed evenly and if you are a fan of one or all of these authors you could tell their writing style (although each chapter has a heading with the author's name). They kept the story going as with the action, and keeps reader (me) absorbed in the story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2015

    Great story

    This book is very interesting from the beginning to the end. With several authors contributing, it makes for a wonderfully suspenseful story.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Mystery Fans will Enjoy!

    What happens when twenty-six mystery and thriller writers decide to write a story? I can't imagine trying to coordinate such a massive collaboration. Who conceived this idea? How would one go about outlining it, then getting everybody to agree to contribute their little part? Whatever the process, "No Rest for the Dead" is a mulligan stew of authors that somehow pulls off a neat, little mystery.
    It starts with the execution of Rosemary Thomas for the heinous murder of her art dealer husband, Christopher. We then read about the events leading up to the murder: Christopher's philandering, money problems and a systematic operation of stealing and selling expensive paintings. We see the obsessed cop bring the guilty party to justice, and then have second thoughts.
    Maybe he missed something. Maybe he didn't fully investigate some of the variables. Ten years after the state of California has executed Rosemary, the cast gathers for a memorial. The now ex-cop is still on the trail of a murderer while a shadowy figure lurks in the background, threatening several individuals if the truth is revealed. Will the truth finally be told? What really happened that fateful night so long ago?
    There's a little bit of suspense, a few instances of character insight, a little action, a little bit of forensics.basically, a little bit of each author's specialty, but not enough to take the story in different or confusing directions. The book reads straight with a consistent voice.
    Mystery fans will enjoy this experiment with many of their favorite writers coming together to produce a fine product.

    Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, author of "Beta" for Suspense Magazine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2011

    Highly Recommended - Interesting concept

    I really enjoyed this book as you never knew what the next author was going to put in the mix. They did a REAL GOOD job of working together and coming up with a very interesting story and facts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2011

    Highly recommend

    Enjoyed this book very much, enjoyed reading writer that I have already read and also a few that I haven't. Would highly recomment this book

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Good+book

    Helmary+this+goodl

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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