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No Rest for the Dead: Twenty-Six Writers One Mystery    by David Baldacci & et al order for
No Rest for the Dead
by David Baldacci
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, Softcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

To my knowledge, No Rest for the Dead is unique. Anthologies with a short story by every author listed seems to be the norm. And I am not knocking them. But, No Rest for the Dead is one story written by twenty-six (count 'em, 26!) authors. Each chapter is written by a different well known mystery author, with the storyline carried forward until the surprising ending.

From the Introduction by David Baldacci to the last chapter written by Jonathan Santlofer, the suspense builds. Good writing prevails to take the reader all the way to the denouement. Baldacci challenges us to solve the mystery before the final chapter. I thought I had. Got close, but no cigar.

Baldacci states 'The Lineup of writers who have contributed to this mystery is akin to the Murderers' Row the New York Yankees had during the hallowed 1920s. There is not a weak one in the bunch.' How very true.

Christopher Thomas, a curator of San Francisco's McFall Art Museum has been murdered and his decaying body is found in an iron maiden in a Berlin museum. His wife Rosemary is naturally the prime suspect. Always look at the spouse first, right? She is charged with the crime and found guilty. And executed. On the tenth anniversary of her death, Jon Nunn, the detective who cracked the case, attends a memorial service for her. Financier Tony Olsen also attends.

Between the two of them, they work to clear her name. Other characters could possibly have done the dirty deed. But who? It's a very clever and intriguing plot, well worth a read. Don't miss No Rest for the Dead.

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