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No Rest for the Dead [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Brown , David Baldacci , R.L. Stine , Lisa Scottoline , Jeffery Deaver
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"'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.”, '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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In this New York Times bestseller, twenty-six renowned thriller authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel—a collaboration that combines the skills of America’s greatest storytellers to produce a single 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (July 5 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Rest For The Dead Jan. 10 2012
By L. D. Godfrey TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I circled "No Rest For The Dead" for a couple of weeks before I decided to buy it. I couldn't make up my mind if a novel written by 26 different authors was a good thing or not. The product description sounded interesting and the list of authors certainly was promising.The introduction written by David Baldacci had nothing but praise for the novel and the writers,I must admit at this point I was thinking the book some version of "Murder On The Orient Express" but Baldacci claimed there would be no Agatha Christie ending. The book is basically two parts;the first deals with events leading up to the execution and the second part,events after the deed. It started out with a bang there were plenty of suspects,the dead guy wasn't a nice man. We have a self absorbed brother, shady lawyers, a loan shark and his minions, assorted girl friends/ one night stands/wives and a bunch of other unsavory characters. Unfortunately the primary characters weren't as interesting. The novel was a series of highs and lows for me. You would hit a couple of chapters that took your interest and then a couple that let you down. I could not warm up to the main character, an ex-drunk,ex-detective, his only goal trying to right this wrong. I wanted to like this book but by the time it was half over my interest had bottomed out,it just wasn't hitting the mark for me. I think this was a fault of the plot rather than the author(S),you can't fault the writing in this book.For me this novel was just OK.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Rest for the Dead April 8 2014
By Nicole
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Excellent mystery, not long enough though. I would have enjoyed a little bit more materiel. Book is for sale if anyone is interested!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly unique novel................. June 11 2013
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With 20 diferent authors this has got to be one of a kind. I thoroughly enjoyed it. With each new chapter you get a new author so you really don't know where each chapter is taking you. I highly recommend this book. There are some authors that were not known to me but after looking their names up in the library it has opened me up to some new reading material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seamless reading! Aug. 24 2011
By L. J. Casey TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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All of these authors did a wonderful job of weaving this tale of intrigue, it flowed really well and you really can't tell where one author stopped and the next began!
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133 of 136 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Twists and turns you don't see coming July 4 2011
By Novel Chatter - Published on
Twenty six authors writing in collaboration to tell the story of an innocent woman wrongly executed for her husband's murder. Huh? Twenty six authors? One book? When I read the synopsis of No Rest for the Dead and then looked at the list of contributing authors I knew that I just had to read this book. Could this work? WOULD this work? Yes it works just fine, thank you! Each author writes one chapter, or story, labeled with their name so you do know who wrote what. But the "who wrote what" dynamic quickly gets back burnered. Some of the writers aren't normally favorites but in No Rest for the Dead, it didn't matter to me. Every chapter and every story was seamless, every word was brilliant. What matters is that No Rest for the Dead is a great read and a great who-done-it.

As requested by the deceased, innocent Rosemary Thomas in her will, ten years after her execution, all who were present on the night of her her husband's murder are to be brought together again in a sort of memorial. A letter is to be read by Rosemary's best friend. I immediately expected a "Nick Charles" type of scene when I read that all of the suspects would be together in one room. Nope...didn't happen. And that's OK. There's another, more interesting way that the facts are exposed and the mystery is solved.

No Rest for the Dead is a well told, well laid out and plotted mystery, I couldn't stop reading it. It's rather like a well designed quilt, all of the separate pieces are finally stitched together to make a solid piece. It's the fine stitching and the weaving of the threads that bind the pieces that make the finished quilt strong and sturdy. That's what you have in No Rest for the Dead. A strong and well crafted story.

Hands down, this is one of the best books I've read this year! The solution took me by surprise and no, I didn't see it coming. And I can usually figure these things out.

Buy it, read it, share it.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

This e-galley was provided to me by the publisher and in no way affected my review.
76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastically woven tale July 8 2011
By L. Gondelman - Published on
Christopher Thomas feels as if he's on top of the world. He's got the looks, the smarts, the prestigious job, the dutiful wife, the ladies on the side, and most importantly, he's got the money. But, in reality, is all of that enough? Apparently not for Christopher, as he appears to also have a secret life. One that not only gives him a certain amount of exhilaration, but also brings with it a great deal of danger. On the eve of an event at his art gallery, after being seen with another woman by his wife, Christopher is never seen again. At least alive that is. Not too long later, his body is found stuffed and decaying in the Iron Maiden in a Berlin museum.

Christopher's wife, Rosemary Thomas was content with her life. She enjoyed her job, had two beautiful children, and had family money to provide well for her and her family. What she didn't have was a husband who adored her, loved her, doted on her, anymore. Yes, she knew about his little dalliances, and as long as it wasn't thrown in her face, she didn't care too much. She didn't really want to put her children through the travesty of a divorce. But when she sees a woman flirting with her husband at an event she loses it and cannot handle the public shame. She confronts him and a fight ensues. When they both leave the event, it's the last time Christopher is seen alive. Due to her being the last one seen with Christopher and some circumspect evidence, she is quickly arrested, tried, and executed for his murder. Rosemary died as she lived, with grace and dignity. Knowing in her heart what the truth was.

Now, ten years have passed since Rosemary's execution, and Jon Nunn, the lead detective on the case, is riddled with guilt and doubt. Could he possibly have sent an innocent person to her death? It's the one case he can never let go of, the one case that has chewed him up inside, the one case that has cost him everything - his wife, his job, and the life that he once knew. And when he gets a letter from Rosemary's old friend, Tony Olsen, inviting everyone to a memorial to honor her death (per the instructions in her will), he realizes that it is the perfect time to have all of the suspects assembled in once place.

As the letters arrive to each of the guests inviting them to the memorial (how tacky to celebrate the execution of a murderess!), each of those invited begins to feel a bit more uncomfortable. And some are even harassed and/or threatened to keep quiet. Will the secrets they've tried so desperately to keep hidden finally be exposed? Peter (Rosemary's brother) and Stan (a lawyer) know that there is no way their secret will be found out. Sarah (formerly married to Jon and now married to Stan) is starting to realize that her first husband just might not be so crazy after all. Belle is an artist and good friend of Rosemary's. Rosemary gave her a chance when no one else would. She has something very important to say at the memorial, and won't be scared away from doing so. Then someone is hurt and there is an attempt to rob the gallery. Are these acts a distraction to shut everyone up for good, a "simple" armed robbery, or is there something even more sinister going on? Something that no one would ever imagine?
The gathering of the suspects at the memorial will lead you to think that the big "Perry Mason" moment is coming. When they're all standing around and the killer will be revealed. Someone will say the wrong thing without realizing it, a hidden clue is found, a glance is given in the wrong direction. Instead, what you get is more twists, more turns, and more questions than you have answers for. And just when you think you've got it all figured out, think again. And then again and again and again.

When I read the preview for this book I was immediately enticed. So many great authors all in one place?! A readers dream come true. Was it possible for twenty-five different authors to write one seamless story? I would quickly find out that the answer was - Heck yeah! Each author writes a different chapter in the book, and each one begins with the name of the author penning that particular chapter. Since some of my favorite authors (Faye Kellerman, Sandra Brown, Tess Gerritsen, to name a few) took part in this fantastic endeavor, I thought I would be able to differentiate their writing, their voice, from the authors that I don't know as well. That just wasn't the case. All of these authors worked so well together that the chapters blended into one another beautifully. I'd love to know how it was done. Did one author write an outline the others worked off of? Did one author write a chapter and then pass if off to the next in line? Who decided which chapter each other would write? Did all of the authors know how it would end (by an outline), or did only the authors of the last few chapters know where the book would go? If the authors name wasn't at the beginning of each chapter, I would never have known that this book was written by so many different people. They all came together to emit one strong, fantastically woven tale.
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Above-average serial thriller with some amazing talent involved. July 31 2011
By Ray J. Palen Jr. - Published on
Described as a `once-in-a-generation collaboration of New York Times bestselling authors', NO REST FOR THE DEAD brings together the talents of 26 of the top mystery/thriller writers working today to create an intriguing mystery.

The job of putting this novel together, and handling all the many egos that go along with it, go to the brother-and-sister editing team of Andrew and Lamia Gulli. More importantly, all of the proceeds of this effort (excluding contributor expenses) will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

OK --- the novel has a philanthropic purpose and an introduction written by the great David Baldacci --- I'm already hooked. The end result is an interesting mystery that deftly weaves the contributions of these great authors into a surprisingly cogent and surprising mystery. Jonathan Santlofer provides the prologue that is sent 10 years in the past. We are inside Valley State Prison for Women where the convicted murderess, Rosemary Thomas, is about to be put to death. There to witness the final moments of her life is the man primarily responsible for putting her there, Detective Joe Nunn. The only trouble is that Nunn has had serious second thoughts about Rosemary's guilt and believes, deep inside, that he is about to witness an innocent woman put to death because of the evidence he provided at her trial.

Joe Nunn's conscience provides a good deal of the novel as several chapters are devoted to his diary (the first written by Andrew F. Gulli, himself). The murder that Rosemary was convicted of was that of her husband, Christopher Thomas. A ruthless museum curator based in San Francisco, Christopher was capable of double-dealing and perhaps more. At the time of his murder, he was estranged from his wife Rosemary as she was in the process of seeking a divorce from her unscrupulous and adulterous husband. When his body turns up inside an ancient torture device --- an iron maiden --- Rosemary is the number one suspect as many people saw them arguing the night Christopher disappeared.

NO REST FOR THE DEAD mainly takes place after Rosemary's execution as Detective Joe Nunn relentlessly pursues all of the previous leads and unanswered questions he turned up in the initial investigation. This time, he is on a personal mission to find out what actually happened to Christopher Thomas and hopefully vindicate the memory of Rosemary Thomas (and clear his own conscience in the process). What Nunn uncovers is a finely woven web of deceit where no one can be trusted and the circumstances of Christopher Thomas' murder are turned upside down --- with the truth hiding beneath the surface waiting for Nunn to grasp it.

Serial novels like NO REST FOR THE DEAD, featuring over 31 Chapters, are sometimes challenged to sustain the tension since the various writing styles of the different writers involved can sometimes bring things to a crashing halt. Thankfully, that does not occur here. The only criticism I have is that a few of the chapters are ultra-short (one in particular, is only a few paragraphs in length). I find that to be an awful waste of the author's talent. Some of the stand-out chapters for me were written by: Matthew Pearl, Michael Palmer, Peter James, Tess Gerritsen and Jeffery Deaver. Of special interest are the Forensic Police Reports composed by Kathy Reichs, which give a real investigative feel to the murderous proceedings of the novel.

NO REST FOR THE DEAD is far more than a novelty and I hope there are more collaborations like this in the future for fans of mystery/thrillers to relish!

Reviewed by Ray Palen for New Mystery Reader
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bummer March 20 2013
By Kristi Golden - Published on
Really wanted to like this. The approach is really'd think this great group of writers would really push each other to dig deep and be creative. But in my opinion it never gelled. Maybe because the premise was so strained. (Rich female executed in California in less than two years from when the crime was committed? Seriously?) Maybe because good editing was missing...there really was no need for different writers to plow the same ground in different chapters...the reader got it the first time. (Nunn became a drunk and screwed up his life after the execution of someone he helped convict) Oh...and about is it credible that it was just one policeman who was responsible for the guilty verdict? Really? Or that an autopsy report on an autopsy done in Germany would have never been translated to english let alone redone by at least one expert for the defense. Seriously....maybe before all the crime dramas, maybe before court tv, maybe before OJ and other high profile murder cases the reader might have bought some of that....but not any more. If you still want to read it....borrow it. Save your money.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bland! July 31 2011
By Barleybeu - Published on
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The book does flow pretty well for the number of authors, however, the story was one dimensional. It did not have many twists and turns. In fact, there was not any suspense the whole novel. I am an avid thriller reader and this was not one. This story basically is a book that expanded on the characters not the plot. I kept waiting for it to get never did. Disappointment.
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