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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.

272 pages, Hardcover

First published February 2, 2011

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Andrew Gulli

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the editor-in-chief of The Strand Magazine, one of the most established and popular journals of mystery fiction active today.

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Profile Image for Sandysbookaday .
2,053 reviews2,104 followers
December 18, 2017
EXCERPT: 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….

THE BLURB: 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.

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.

MY THOUGHTS: I have to admit to being a bit sceptical about how well a book with more than twenty different authors was going to flow. I need not have worried. No Rest for the Dead was a great read, the difference in writing styles only adding to my enjoyment of this book, produced for cancer charity.

I was hooked from very early on in the book, and remained captivated throughout. There are a lot of unexpected twists and turns, a lot of red herrings, a lot to keep your mind busy.

This is a worthwhile read, and it still would be without the charitable aspect.

I listened to No Rest for the Dead narrated by James Colby, Richard Ferrone and Carol Monda, via OverDrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the 'about' page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...
Profile Image for Jesi.
170 reviews21 followers
July 26, 2011
FINALLY finished. I realize that it only took one day of my time, but really? that's one day that I could have spent listening to something, I don't know... GOOD. I only finished it out, because I'd stopped listening to a few books in a row before this one and felt guilty for the cost.

There are authors in this round-robin who I enjoy. Tess Gerritsen, for one. But when they all put their considerable talent together in this, it came out poorly. I think each author got a character synopsis, what was supposed to happen in that chapter, and then were told "go for it." The end result? Characters who had no character development, likability, and were flat. Each author seemed to say, "Oh, we're not supposed to like this person? I can do better than what came before me" and took each chapter as a challenge instead of trying for cohesion. As for the plot, I think I saw a plot bunny or two through the book, and there was a bit of a story in the end, but for the most part, it was a lot of "nothing's happening."

All in all, if you want to read a mystery book, DON'T bother with this one. Even if you're suckered into the amount of Names who are involved with it.
Profile Image for Karen.
52 reviews9 followers
July 7, 2011
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.

I received this e-galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Bruce Hatton.
473 reviews70 followers
July 18, 2019
This is a highly unusual novel: a project initiated by Andrew Gulli in which he invited 23 of the top crime writers to write their own chapters. None of the authors knew the entire plot but were just given “briefing notes” for the chapters they were asked to write.
The story centres around the murder of museum curator Christopher Thomas in 1998; a crime for which his wife Rosemary is tried, convicted and executed. However, the detective leading the case is certain the verdict is wrong: Rosemary was innocent and the real killer is still walking free. Events come to a head when, at her request, on the 10th anniversary of her execution, a memorial service for Rosemary is held at the museum where she and her husband worked.
The book contains some wonderful descriptions of San Francisco and the dodgy dealings of its art world. Along the way, there are plenty of red herrings thrown about and, about three-quarters the way through, a totally unforseen plot twist. Appropriately, the chapter dealing with that was allocated to the master of that particular literary device, Jeffery Deaver. After that, the action ratchets up to a thrilling finale on Golden Gate Bridge.
Overall, I found this book a great pleasure to read and hope Mr. Gulli has similar projects in the pipeline.
Profile Image for Colin.
19 reviews2 followers
January 23, 2012
I'd prefer to give No Rest for the Dead 2.5 out of 5 stars, but instead of rounding down I'll round up due to the fact that the book was written by an army of writters, and the proceeds go towards a good cause. The fact that it was written by 26 writters is the most interesting thing about this book, to me.

To be honest, I don't often read mysteries--although the book I read previous to this one was also a mystery--but it is a genre that, when I do partake, I tend to enjoy. I didn't recognize most of the names involved in this project, and so had no expectations regarding them, and there was only one authour--Raymond Khouri--whose books I had previously read. As a non-expert in mystery books, I can't really compare it to other books in the genre, or it's overall placing in the genre, but as a reader of books, I'd have to say my hope for a good result from an interesting experiment wasn't met.

The story itself felt quite banal and not particularly creative. Although there is a claim in the introduction to the book that this mystery is a hard one to figure out, I'd have to say that the mystery behind the murder was actually fairly easy to surmise, although, perhaps, all the details behind the mystery are difficult to fathom.

One of the most frustrating things about this book that I found, was that there were some characters who were featured throughout the book, but who were all but forgotten by the end, and I felt there was no closure with regards to them and things they were doing. In mysteries, I suppose you need to add misdirection and "red herrings", but I'm not entirely sure that that was what was going on with these characters, and rather that with the vast undertaking of multiple writers, that their story lines were left unintentionally to lag.

So, as an occasional reader of mysteries, I'm not sure for whom I would recommend this book. As said, the most interesting aspect is the multi-writer contributions. I would think that the mystery itself would be considered mediocre by hard-core mystery readers (just my guess), and for casual mystery readers such as myself, the story isn't that great that I could recommend it to this group either. In that regard, if you're interested in the project itself--mutliple writers--I'd say go for it! If you are just looking for a cracking read, and dont' really care about the mechanics, then I'd say you can probably safely skip this book.
Profile Image for Sheila.
Author 14 books159 followers
August 3, 2011
Everything had gone wrong for Rosemary. She married the wrong guy. An
ass who cheated on her. She got accused of his murder, convicted,
sentenced to death and not even her death would go smoothly. In a
matter of pages you feel so deeply for Rosemary that you want to save
her, you want justice for her. And you want someone to solve the
murder of her husband and get the right killer.
No Rest for the Dead hooks you from the prologue to the final words of
the last chapter. Don’t think you’ll just skim through it,
you can’t. The story captivates you, draws you in and owns you
for the few hours it will take to read it. It’s that powerful,
that entertaining and that hard to put down.
The man who investigated the crime looks back ten years after
Rosemary’s death and he sees his obsession with her case, what
it cost him. He helped convict her but he knows she didn’t do
it. And he starts to re-investigate, which makes him a target for the
real killer.
The story is fast paced and totally engrossing, but the book itself
has a story. Twenty-six authors wrote this one story. This one book.
Some of the best thriller writers of our time contributed to this
story, one chapter per author, using their own voice. It’s an
amazing work. It is fluid even when the author changes. The story is
consistent, the editing is top notch.
The proceeds of the sale of the book go to charity, which I think is
very noble. You’re doing good while getting entertained by top
notch entertainers. Why don’t you own this book already?!
There is a website for the book if you want to know more and about who
contributed. You can find it here- http://bit.ly/qLm26y You’re
not going to believe what authors contributed to this!
Profile Image for Ivo Stoyanov.
226 reviews
October 10, 2019
Хареса ми , на места доста брутална , но реалността е точно такава , признавам че планът е бил много подъл и добре замислен , за съжаление мн добри и невинни хора си отиват по начин описан тук , едно от мн положителни неща в книгата е че всички автори вътре пишат в абсолютен синхрон .
Profile Image for William.
957 reviews41 followers
June 2, 2019
The string that held these stories together did not work for me. I would rather read an anthology of independent short and unrelated stories. This gimmick was for "the seller" not "the buyer".
Profile Image for Michael E. Humphrey.
11 reviews1 follower
July 13, 2014
Just plain lousy!

There are so many problems with this story, it would be hard to list them all. There is absolutely no way possible in California for a RICH, WHITE, FEMALE to be put to death only 2 years after being found guilty of murder. It is never made clear the errors the main character, police detective Jon Nunn, made in his investigation that led to her being convicted - as if a single, supposedly expert investigator would be solely responsible for the conviction. And we're supposed to believe an ex-cop, so distraught over a wrong conviction that he leaves the force, becomes a drunk for 10 years but then miraculously finds it in his power to race throughout the streets and parks of San Francisco in a Mercedes chasing an Aston-Martin without hitting any innocent bystanders and then, just as the villain is pulling away because of his more powerful car, the dead-eye ex-detective good guy is able to nail the bad guy in his speeding car weaving in and out of traffic with one shot from his own speeding car, presumably with his left hand or he'd have to shoot through his own windshield with his right. I could go on, but bottom line - not worth the time to read.
5,312 reviews117 followers
September 22, 2019
3 Stars. I was torn, the story did capture my attention, but the distractions of numerous authors and narrators (in my audio edition) were present too. There are reasons why collaborations in fiction writing are rare; an author wants to combine an interesting story with his or her individual style and approach. Hard to do with 25 partners even though a few only appear for a half dozen paragraphs or so. It's good but not great. We open with a middle-aged woman, Rosemary Thomas, on death row; she's there for the murder of her scoundrel of a husband, Christopher. You feel for her; even her execution is botched; could her trial have been the same? The couple were significant figures at an important art museum in San Francisco. Years later, the officer who helped convict her is having real doubts; things don't add up. On the 10th anniversary of her execution, a reunion is held of all those present at the gallery when her husband disappeared. The question is, of course, if Rosemary is not the guilty one, then who is? Watch for one of the authors agreeing with me on collaborations, or their equivalent, as he / she speaks through a character. (July 2019)
Profile Image for Sateem ó_ò.
93 reviews106 followers
February 22, 2017
ستةٌ وعشرون كاتبًا، وأحجيةٌ واحدة..
لم أكن لأتصور أن قيام هذا العدد من الكتاب المشهورين بالاشتراك في روايةٍ واحدة سينتج عن قصةٍ يكتب لها أي قدرٍ من النجاح..
But what do you know..Thy actually did..
ما دفعني لاقتناء هذه الرواية في المقام الأول وجود خمسة من كتّابي المفضلين ضمن هؤلاء الستة والعشرين..
كل فصلٍ من فصول هذه الرواية معنون باسم الكاتب اللذي عمل عليه.. تتجلى عبقرية هذا الطاقم في انسجام طريقتهم الكتابة.. وكأنما كتبت بقلمٍ واحد فقط.. حيث لْاآ ترى تناقضًا او تفاوتًا في مستويات الفصول المختلفة..
مقدمة الكتاب تطرح تحديًا للقارئ لتخمين النهاية الصحيحة.. حسنًا.. في اعتقادي لقد كسبت التحدي.. كان تخميني صحيحًا *_^

لْاآ استطيع الادعاء بأن الرواية أتت بفكرة غير مسبوقة حيث أنني صادفت كتابًا او اثنين بفكرةٍ مشابهة.. لكن هذا بالطبع لْاآ ينقص من الكتّاب بالطبع..
يعيب على هذه الرواية التركيز على بعض الشخصيات على حساب البعض الآخر..
شخصياتٌ يفترض بها أن تكون مؤثرةً على سير الأحداث تم اهمال تقديمها بالشكل المناسب.. مما أدى بها للظهور كشخصياتٍ ثانويةً رغم أهميّتها..

تجربةٌ جميلة وغير مسبوقة بالنسبة لي مع هذا العدد من الكتاب في وقت واحد أتمنى أن تتكرر مرةً أخرى.،
Profile Image for Elisha.
23 reviews2 followers
July 24, 2011
I'm not typically a fan of mysteries. Usually they're either way too predictable or have some completely random "twist" of an ending that doesn't make sense. I like mysteries where, once the killer has been revealed, you can look back over the story and say, "Oh yeah, now it all makes sense."

That is what this book does.

Did I guess the killer? No. Did I have inklings that could have pointed me in that direction? Yes. And that's a good thing.

Or maybe I just watch too much Bones and CSI (also a good thing).

In other words, I really liked this book. It was a fairly easy, quick read, and it did keep me guessing, at least for the most part. I'll be passing it on to my grandma, who IS a mystery fan.
Profile Image for Steph (loves water).
464 reviews19 followers
January 24, 2013
Alrighty...twenty-six authors with all different writing styles. I think it would work better with two or three. There were a few favorites in here, and I was VERY happy to see Jeffery Deaver. But, seriously? Diana Gabaldon? R.L. Stine? I guess this book was written for a good cause, with all donations going to lymphoma research, but I think I could've lived without it.
Profile Image for Deb.
668 reviews27 followers
January 26, 2019
The premise of this book was promising...get a couple dozen crime and suspense authors to collaborate and write one story. Sadly, the idea fell flat. The book was just okay. The authors probably could have written a much better book by themselves.
Profile Image for Lucinda.
473 reviews4 followers
December 29, 2020
A tad disjointed and I figured out 'whodunit' early on in the piece. Maybe I read too many of these kinds of books LOL
Profile Image for Esma T.
515 reviews72 followers
October 15, 2017
Puanım aslında 2.5'ti ancak gelirinin bağış olarak kullanılacak olması takdire değer.

26 yazar bir araya gelip, bir kitabı nasıl yazabilir ki? Kitabın kapağını ilk gördüğümde ve sonrasında bu soru zihnime takıldı ve okuyup görmek istedim. İki yazarın bile ortak kitap çıkarması bana hep şaşırtıcı gelmiştir, bir kitap sadece bir yazara ve onun düşünce dünyasına ait gibi hissederim hep.

"İnsanın hayatta yalnızca tek bir şansı olurdu ve kendisine sunulan bu şansa dört elle sarılması gerekirdi."

Kitabı dışı ile yargılayacak olursak, kitaptan etkileyici bir polisiye çıkabileceğini düşünmüyordum ama yazarların arasında kitaplarını severek okuduğum kişiler de olunca merakım arttı. Her yazar ayrı bir bölüm yazmış ve hepsi bir araya gelince hikaye de kopukluk olmuyor, bu yönden takdire değer bir iş çıkmış. Özele inecek olursak;

"Her şeyden uzaklaşmak ve olanları unutmak için çok çaba sarf ettim ama aslında hiçbir zaman unutmuyorsunuz, sadece yaralarınızın üzerini bir doku kaplıyor ve hayatınıza devam ediyorsunuz."

Kitabın konusu ve ilerleyişi fena değildi, her karakterin penceresinden olayı okumak ve çeşitli açılardan bakmak kitaba yakışmıştı. Kitabın sonuna kadar da bir gizem hakimdi, bu da sizi hikayenin içinde tutmak için iyi bir sebep. Ancak kitapta her şey ortalama seviyede idi, cinayet ve plan güzel ama şaşırtıcı olmaktan yoksun, yazar üslupları ise birbirinden farklı olduğu için bölüm geçişleri ya da aynı karakteri farklı yazarlardan okumak kitaptaki bütünlüğü zedeliyor.

"Hayattaki hiçbir şey basit değildir."

Genel olarak değerlendirecek olursam, ben 26 yazarın çalışmasından daha iyi bir sonuç beklerdim, bir polisiye roman olarak tatmin edici bulmadım. Ancak konu bütünlüğünün sağlanması ve kitabın akıcı bir şekilde yazılmış olması da sıkılmadan bitirmenizi sağlıyor. Kitaba kötü diyemesem de iyi diyemem, okusanız da okumasanız da bir şey kaybetmeyeceğiniz kitaplardan. Şuna da değinmek isterim ki, kitabın (yazarlara ödenen para dışında) gelirin Lösemi & Lenfoma Vakfı'na bağışlanacak olmasından çok hoşlandım.
Profile Image for Sarah ~.
737 reviews809 followers
April 7, 2016
هذه رواية من نوع خاص ولأكونَ منصفة أقيمها بــ 3.5/5
اشترك في كتابتها 26 من نخبة كتاب الأدب البوليسي ..
السبب الأساسي الذي دعاني لقراءة هذه الرواية هو وجود ديفيد بالدتشي وكاثي رايكس اللذين أعتبرهما أفضل من يكتب الروايات البوليسية الحديثة .
قتل كريستوفر توماس ووجدت جثته المتحللة في متحف بـ برلين واتهمت زوجته روزماري بالجريمة وأدينت وحكم عليها بالإعدام ..
بعد مرور عشرة أعوام على إعدام روزماري تظهر أدلة جديدة على أنه ربما تم إعدام الشخص الخطأ وتبدأ رحلة بحث عن براءة المتهمة يقودها صديق للعائلة والمحقق الذي كانَ مسؤولا عن القضية ، وبعد ظهور كثير من الأسرار والأكاذيب والخيانة ؛
لكن ما هي الحقيقة ومالذي حدث في تلكَ الليلة ؟
فور أن عرفت أن هذه الرواية اشترك في كتابتها 26 كاتبًا توقعت أن تكون مبتذلة وبمستوى سيء فـ كيف ستتجمع كل هذه العقول في كتابة عمل واحد وحل لغز واحد ـ لكنها كانت جيدة عكس كل توقعاتي وإن نحت في النهاية نحو الكلاسيكية والحل الواضح والمتوقع منذ البداية ..
وظهر بوضوح الطابع الخاص لبعض الكتاب خاصة أولئكَ الذين يكتبون كتابات تتسم بالشاعرية أو تكون رواياتهم عادةً سريعة الأحداث ..
كانت هذه تجربة مختلفة .

96 reviews
April 15, 2017
This has to be one of the most disjointed books I have ever read.

It's not that the story itself is bad. However, it's like a committee project where the members have hardly communicated with each other. Some chapters are written in the third person singular, while others are in the first person singular. There are cases where two successive chapters are in the first person singular, but the "I" refers to different individuals.

It's actually a confusing and frustrating read rather than "Good Read".

The fact that the book was written by twenty-six different authors should not be heralded as a feature.
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5,268 reviews195 followers
July 30, 2011
Ten years ago, Rosemary Thomas is found guilty of murdering her husband, Thomas. It was said that Thomas’s body was found encased within an iron maiden trap. His body was decayed and so decomposed that it was almost impossible to identify his body. The only thing that the police were able to use was a small, piece of a tooth.

Jon Nunn was the lead detective on the case. Present day. To this day the image of Rosemary’s execution still haunts Jon. Jon decides to reinvestigate the case for closure. What Jon finds instead is a web of lies and deceit.

What do you get when you mix some of the best (twenty-six mystery writers to be exact) and ask them to collaborate on one mystery novel? You just get one of the best books of 2011! The book is…No Rest for the Dead.

Ah, as if you could not already guess but I really, loved this book. I started this book on my lunch hour and by the time my hour was up, it was hard to go back to work and concentrate. I finished this book later that afternoon. There were no mis-steps in this book. It flowed and read like one author had written the book. One of my favorite parts was when author Kathy Reichs contributed her chapters. She didn’t so much write a chapter but instead wrote the forensic reports. I have read a few of her books and she was middle of the road to me but after reading her parts, I think I will try her again. I met many new authors to me that I will be checking out. I kept trying to figure out who the killer was and the motive before the story was over. I wanted to see if I could beat the authors but sadly, I did not figure it out until I was suppose to but this did keep the book interesting. Mystery/suspense fans you have got to pick up a copy of this book. Besides, you will be helping a great cause by purchasing a copy of this book. Editing brother and sister team, Andrew and Lamia Gulli are donating their portion of the proceeds to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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251 reviews62 followers
September 19, 2016
Wow, a book written in collaboration with a few of my other favorite authors was awesome. It took me a little while to get into the book but I am so glad that I did persist and finished the book in under 3 hours! The overall layout of the book was good, I thought that since there was a few authors working on this book that the writting style would almost vary from chapter to chapter. I found that this was not the case, and the book flowed well until the very last chapter.

***The Story***

Jon Nunns life was all but anything perfect, recognised as a well known SPFD cop in the 90s puts Rosemary Thomas away for life for murdering her husband. A case which was opened and closed, as all the evidence and motive seemed to fall straight back to Rosemary. A wonderful woman who stuck by her husbands dream, philandering and supplied him with money and the basis to pursue his career. She turns a blind eye to Christophers cheating ways, until soon enough it becomes to much and Christopher is then missing. With Rosemary upset and glad, she manages to lead the police straight to herself with her questioning and answers. After Jon Nunn finally put her away for life and then death by lethal injection he is haunted that he believes she was innocent. Spending a decade punishing himself, losing his marriage to Sarah and eventually leaving the police force.

Many names pop up, and Jon believes that the people in Rosemarys life have all had a part in the death of Christopher Thomas, or so they think. The book takes a turn and Jon Nunn is the one left trying to put the pieces back together after the puzzle falls apart again.

I really did love this book! I would definitely give this one a read if you like books with a twist!
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Author 16 books40 followers
July 28, 2016
Как точно 26 души пишат заедно криминален роман? Идеята наистина ме заинтригува. Не мога да си го представя на практика. Дали са се събрали заедно, за да обсъдят героите и развитието на сюжета? И колко от участниците са били на срещата - 6, 16, всичките 26? В проекта участват писатели, които съм чела и понякога харесвам като Джефри Дивър и Алекзандър Маккол Смит. Също и такива, които поне съм чувала като Сандра Браун. Повечето обаче ми бяха напълно непознати, а приносът на някои и без това се изчерпва с по пет-шест страници. Несъмнено за мен обаче сборът от умениета на участниците е много по-малък от отделните си части.

Повествованието беше накъсано. От време на време се появяваха интересни герои, идеи и обстоятелства, които след това потъваха в небитието, защото авторът им си е заминал, а останалите пишещи са си имали други хрумвания. Резултатът е голям пропилян потенциал. Най-големият ми проблем обаче беше "загадката", която ми се изясни още в първите глави. Все се надявах да има някакъв друг обрат, но напразно.

Изкушавам се да кажа кой е убиецът, така че ако ще четете книгата, не отваряйте :)

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271 reviews23 followers
March 2, 2017
I was extremely disappointed in this novel. I love the concept where each chapter is written by a different author which allows the story to go in any direction. I loved the cast of authors. There were so many big names that I had high hopes for this novel. But the whole thing lacked suspense or any excitement. I think the starting point left the authors with little to work with. It ultimately felt like a game of Clue where they're trying to figure out who murdered someone (over a decade ago) from a small list of characters. All of the action happened in the past. Every moment of "suspense" was minimal as bits of guilt started to unravel, but there was no edge of your seat what's going to happen next, no real opportunity for a huge twist. It didn't feel like there was a real hunt for the killer or cat-and-mouse game or fear that the killer would strike again. These writers are capable of so much more, if they were given a better starting point. There's only so much that can be done with a weak premise and they did their best, but it wasn't good enough to hold my attention or make me want to recommend this novel.
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Author 69 books143 followers
February 7, 2017
Напрегнат трилър, дело на най-големите майстори! Краят беше леко предсказуем, но брилянтната сплав между толкова различни и толкова завладяващи стилове (Кати "Bones" Райкс, Дивър, Тес Геритсен...) си струва всяка секунда четене. Прекрасно!
July 6, 2018
I thought this was pretty great the story itself was ok, but I loved the collaboration of 26 mystery writers each continuing the same story. I’ve never read some of the writers, so it was great to get an idea of their style of writing.
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172 reviews6 followers
November 2, 2011
Each of these writers is stronger individually than all of them are as a whole. It was predictable, the characters were weak and my entire review could be summed up in two words: who cares?
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101 reviews17 followers
July 29, 2019
النجمة الاضافية كانت من أَجل الفصول النهائية الممتعة والمُشوقة
عموما كنتُ أَنتظرُ أَكثر من رواية بوليسية كتبها 26 كاتب في صنف ادب الجريمة
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394 reviews17 followers
September 21, 2020
Meh. I figured out the whodunit aspect right away so the rest of the book just felt like a trial. It was difficult to settle into the story due to so many different writing styles. It wasn't particularly exciting and there was nothing which invested the reader emotionally. Clearly, the writing was well done, with such an array of outstanding authors but that's the best compliment I can give this one.
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Author 1 book4,835 followers
April 19, 2017
البريء وعدالة الموت

لا أظن الرواية من الأعمال الفنية التي يناسبها العمل الجماعي، هناك أعمال فنية كثيرة لا تكتمل بلا جهد وتعاون جماعي ولكن الرواية ليست أحدها، مع هذا أردت الاطلاع على هذه التجربة، كتابة رواية بوليسية مشتركة، يكتب كل فصل من فصولها أحد كتاب الرواية البوليسية المشهورين، تبدو الفكرة مثيرة، تركز الرواية على كشف جريمة قتل تمت قبل عشرة أعوام، وتم إلصاقها بزوجة الضحية وحكم عليها بالإعدام وتم تنفيذ الحكم، فكرة هذا التعاون الروائي هي محاولة إظهار نوع من التباين بين كتاب الرواية البوليسية وكيف يمكن لكل منهم أن يقترب من موضوعه، ولكن ما ظهر هو قالب شبه موحد يكتب به الجميع، فلا عجب أن جاءت أغلب الروايات البوليسية مملة ومتوقعة النهاية والأحداث.
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Author 16 books15 followers
November 6, 2019
Great writers, great characters, and great plot. I would think it almost impossible to get 26 authors together to work on one book, but it was done. Even though different authors wrote different chapters, the plot flows without any disruption and each added a little something to each character. I'd like to read more books written this way.
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