No Rest for the Dead

No Rest for the Dead

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ISBN-13: 9781451607390
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 26,971
File size: 4 MB

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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, and Marcia Talley.
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, and his foundation at, and to look into its program to spread books across America at
Sandra Brown is the author of sixty-eight New York Times bestsellers, including Mean Streak, Deadline, Low Pressure, and Smoke Screen. Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, most of which remain in print. Sandra and her husband, Michael Brown, live in Arlington, Texas.
R.L. Stine invented the teen horror genre with Fear Street, the bestselling teen horror series of all time. He also changed the face of children’s publishing with the mega-successful Goosebumps series, which Guinness World Records cites as the Bestselling Children’s Books ever, and went on to become a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, and their dog, Nadine.
Jeffery Deaver is the international, #1 bestselling author of more than twenty-seven suspense novels, including The Bone Collector, which was made into a film starring Denzel Washington. He lives in North Carolina.


Arlington, TX

Date of Birth:

March 12, 1948

Place of Birth:

Waco, Texas


Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Texas Christian University, 2008

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No Rest for the Dead 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 162 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! 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!
xlsg on LibraryThing 19 days ago
I enjoyed every chapter. It wasn't too suspenseful or gripping, which was fine by me.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing 19 days ago
No Rest For the Dead is unique in that it is a single story written by a collaboration of over 20 authors including Jeffrey Deaver, Faye Kellerman, Kathy Reichs and Alexander McCall Smith to name just a few. I imagine it was a huge project for David Baldacci to coordinate such a high profile stable of authors.In No Rest For The Dead, a museum curator disappears only for his body to be discovered in a medieval museum piece that has been shipped half a world a way. His wife, Rosemary, who has tolerated her philandering husband¿s arrogance for years. is the primary suspect and despite the lack of definitive evidence, she is sentenced to death and summarily executed for the crime. Ten years later, the investigating officer, whose life collapsed in the wake of the case, and close friends of Rosemary, hold a memorial for her. They hope the gathering will at last expose the real killer and clear her name.While the individual nuance¿s of each author¿s voice is evident, the story flows effortlessly and cohesively. It is a masterful plot that delves into the lives of Rosemary and her husband, unearthing a cast that is rife with suspicious characters involved in corruption, theft, drugs and adultery. Several of the main characters have the opportunity to share their perspectives and theories of the crime. Each has a piece of the puzzle that they are loathe to share but even as the story unfolds and the suspect pool narrows, the truth is still the shock it is intended to be.As a fan of mystery/crime , and with several of my favourite authors contributing to No Rest For the Dead, I simply could not resist the offer to review this title. It is a gripping mystery from some of the genre¿s best writers ¿ and not to be missed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how so many different authors' voices are woven kngo one story. The story is not terribly memorable but the concept is! ?...wjj
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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