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No Rest for the Dead

No Rest for the Dead

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by Andrew F. Gulli (Editor), Lamia J. Gulli (Editor), David Baldacci (Introduction)

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More than twenty New York Times bestselling 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


More than twenty New York Times bestselling 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 these twenty-five bestselling writers brings their distinctive voice to a chapter of the narrative, building the tension to a shocking, explosive finale. No Rest for the Dead is a thrilling, page-turning accomplishment that only America’s very best authors could achieve.

From the Introduction of No Rest for the Dead:

There is always that case, the one that keeps me awake at night, the one that got away. It’ll always be there, gnawing at the edges of my mind. It doesn’t matter that ten years have passed, it doesn’t matter that the case is officially closed. An innocent woman was executed, I was the one who helped make it happen, and on the sad night when the needle was inserted into her arm, injecting her with death, part of my life ended too.

It never felt right, never made sense. Sure, there was motive and opportunity, there was the physical evidence. But if you met her, if you knew her the way I got to know her . . . It wasn’t until later, after I’d taken a step back from the case, that I realized it had angles I hadn’t seen, layers I hadn’t uncovered, back when it mattered, back when I could have saved her….

With contributions from:

David Baldacci (Introduction)

Jeff Abbott

Lori Armstrong

Sandra Brown

Thomas Cook

Jeffery Deaver

Diana Gabaldon

Tess Gerritsen

Andrew F. Gulli

Peter James

J.A. Jance

Faye Kellerman

Raymond Khoury

John Lescroart

Jeff Lindsay

Gayle Lynds

Philip Margolin

Alexander McCall Smith

Michael Palmer

T. Jefferson Parker

Matthew Pearl

Kathy Reichs

Marcus Sakey

Jonathan Santlofer

Lisa Scottoline

R.L. Stine

Marcia Talley

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"'No Rest for the Dead’ is more than just a stunt. Anyone who loves a good mystery will love this book and to top it off proceeds go to a good cause.”

--CNN.com, 'Hot Summer Reads'

“The plot was gritty, suspenseful, and compelling. It was definitely everything I would expect from authors I've come to love, and authors I'm hoping to get to know better.”


“It's a fast-paced mystery that will have the reader guessing until the final chapter."


"The end result is an interesting mystery that deftly weaves the contributions of these great authors into a surprisingly cogent and surprising mystery."


“There's a little bit of suspense, a few instances of character insight, a little action, a little bit of forensics. The book reads straight with a consistent voice."

--Suspense Magazine

“An A-list collaboration.”

--Sacramento Bee

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Meet the Author

David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling novelist. With his books published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, and with over 110 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favorite storytellers. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com, and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.

Sandra Brown is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers--including most recently Smash Cut, Smoke Screen, Play Dirty, Ricochet, Chill Factor, White Hot, Hello, Darkness, The Crush, and Envy. She is the recipient of the 2008 Thriller Master Award from International Thriller Writers, Inc. She and her husband live in Arlington, Texas.

R.L. Stine, author of the multimillion-selling Goosebumps and Fear Street series, lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, an editor and publisher, and their dog, Minnie. Visit RLStine.com.

Jeffery Deaver, a former attorney, is the New York Times bestselling author of two collections of short stories and dozens of previous suspense novels. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His many awards include the Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers’ Awards in 2009 for his standalone novel The Bodies Left Behind. The latest entries in the Lincoln Rhyme series are The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, and The Burning Wire. Visit the author on Facebook or go to JefferyDeaver.com.

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No Rest for the Dead 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 160 reviews.
AlanJacobson More than 1 year ago
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.
Reader1975 More than 1 year ago
This book was written by 26 different mystery/thriller authors who exercised immense discipline by keeping the storyline intact, the characters consistent, and the plot interesting. Although each author's unique style is evident, (that's what I was looking for when I picked up this novel!) the story flows seamlessly-no jarring shifts in characterization, plot, or mood. The book starts with a haunting diary entry by a cop who was responsible for convicting an innocent woman who was eventually executed. Next, the timeline moves back ten years to Rosemary Thomas's last night on earth as she sits in her prison cell awaiting execution for the murder of her philandering museum curator husband-a murder she knows she didn't commit even though most of the evidence pointed to her. We then go back to the months leading up to Christopher Thomas's murder and Rosemary's arrest and then we're back in the present day, where Jon Nunn, the cop who failed the first time intends to find out who really killed Christopher Thomas. In the last ten years he's learned of Thomas's shady connections involving drugs, stolen art and possibly worse and the murderer could be any number of friends, lovers, or "hanger-ons" associated with the Rosemary and Christopher Thomas. In addition to being a modern-day thriller, with chapters by Jeffery Deaver, Sandra Brown, John Lescroart, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, there are also noir elements to this book and the Thomases dysfunctional marriage and Nunn's obsession with Rosemary Thomas harken back to Raymond Chandler as well as Vera Caspary's "Laura"-updated for a new generation of readers. No Rest for the Dead is an unforgettable, fast-paced thriller as each of these bestselling authors follows where the other left off all the way until the shocking twist at the end.
Pete_the_reader More than 1 year ago
Simply said, you will love this thriller. It has everything, a gripping plot, great characters, a hero you can cheer on and sympathize with, a surprise ending where you"ll won't know what hit you. Imagine 26 writers working on a book together, sounds like chaos but this book doesn't have chaos, it has all their unique styles and yet the book reads quickly--maybe in this day and age it does take 26 writers to write a great book!
Heather_Markham More than 1 year ago
A great thriller that had me on the edge of my seat with a top notch line up of authors from Diana Gabaldon, Lisa Scottoline, Jeffery Deaver, R.L. Stine, Sandra Brown, Faye Kellerman and Alexander McCall Smith. The question was, can all these different writers and egos meld into a cohesive book and the answer was most definitely. This was neither a mystery or a thriller, had great elements of both, the book starts as a mystery but with each passing page the suspense deepens to the explosive and unexpected finale. On another note, all proceeds are going to a cancer charity, so I not only enjoyed the book but was happy that the money was going to a good cause. I contacted the publishers asking if a sequel was in the cards, since I'd like to be the first pre-order it.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
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.
SheilaCE More than 1 year ago
It's not an anthology. It is a fully formed, very entertaining, nail-biting thriller novel. Each chapter is written by a different author in their own voice, but I can assure you the story is fluid and cohesive. We follow a group of individuals who were instrumental in a case against Rosemary Thomas who is accused of killing her philandering husband and stuffing him in an Iron Maiden. She is convicted and she is put to death. But even in death there is no rest, not for any of them. Flash forward ten years. Jon Nunn, the detective who helped put her away is convinced she is innocent and when he decides to re-investigate, to find redemption for himself and justice for Rosemary. But, of course it's never easy. The journey that Nunn goes on keeps you turning the page and wanting more right up to the very end. This is a thriller with mystery elements and lots of drama, reflection and entertainment. Readers who love thrillers are going to devour this. You may be amazed at who contributed to this book! I highly recommend checking out the site, but even more, I highly recommend reading this novel.
Morris_brooklyn More than 1 year ago
When you open up a serial novel or exquisite corpse (another term for it), you have pretty low expectations. You expect to find plot problems and choppy styles, with No Rest for the Dead I found none of that. The styles were different but they in NO way held the plot, the plot was quick, smart, full of twists and turns. Good editing job, and a great job by these 26 writers who were operating at the highest level. I just wish more thrillers like this were written today; a smart book, that can entertain you for hours without feeling like you're reading something from the cookie cutter school of thriller writers.
exton More than 1 year ago
A great book, a book to savor and take your time reading. Writers who I didn't really care for wrote excellent chapters and now I'm going to give them a second chance. You'll be on the edge of your seat reading this thriller. Its fast paced, yet smart, sort of like a thinking person's mystery and the ending...wow! I didn't see that coming. Great chapters by Matthew Pearl, Jeffery Deaver, Jeff Abott, Kathy Reichs, and Alexander McCall Smith make this a winner.
Kathleen Rogers More than 1 year ago
To get all these wonderful authors to contribute to this charity project is simply amazing and as someone who has lost a loved one to lls-much appreciated. A fantatic read---could not put it aside!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent collaboration! Should do it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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I highly recommend this book. It is a fast-paced mystery that keeps you eager to read the next page, then the next and so on. The chapters flow so easily that you would never guess that they were written by different authors. Get it! Read it! Enjoy! Kudos to all the authors and editors for a job well done. And the profits go to cancer charity, too. Oh, did I say how much I loved this book? LOL. ELR
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It was an ok read but not amazing, interesting twists though.
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