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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442348080
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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, 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.

Lisa Scottoline is a # New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author of thirty-two novels which have sold over 30 million copies in thirty-five countries. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for The Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit”—a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. Lisa reviews popular fiction and nonfiction, and her reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and she has also served as president of Mystery Writers of America. Visit her online at

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No Rest for the Dead 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 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.
xlsg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every chapter. It wasn't too suspenseful or gripping, which was fine by me.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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.
Subguy8 More than 1 year ago
I bought this because I am a Jeffrey Deaver fan. I got the sample Nook Book and thought I would give it a try. The premise of the book is intriguing and I definitely wanted to "figure it out." I thought it would be interesting to read something put together by all of these authors. Don't believe David Baldacci's intro that you can't figure it out. The book is only 244 pages which should have been a clue: there is weak character development, the sub plots are choppy and not well coordinated with the main plot, and the main plot is easy enough to figure out once the description of the body is provided. I definitely wouldn't waste my time or money on this unless you are looking for a mindless read that you will forget about tomorrow.
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
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
AndyAC More than 1 year ago
This book is just fascinating. I would love to see something like this again. It really is a "must read".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago