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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: 9781451607383
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 111,044
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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.

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

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 #1 international bestselling author of more than forty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, which is currently being adapted for television by NBC.

He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world, including Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers and the Steel Dagger from the Crime Writers' Association in the United Kingdom. In 2014, he was the recipient of three lifetime achievement awards. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.


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. 153 reviews.
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!
Anonymous 5 months ago
little slow at times but good overall.
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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
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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