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No Rest for the Dead

Friday July 8, 2011
07:00 pm

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A once-in-a-generation collaboration of bestselling authors have combined their skills to create one incredible, spellbinding mystery, No Rest for the Dead (Touchstone).

When Christopher Thomas, a curator at San Francisco’s McFall Art Museum, is murdered and the decaying mass of his body is found in an iron maiden in Berlin, his wife Rosemary Thomas is the primary suspect. Long suffering under Christopher’s unfaithful ways, Rosemary is tried, convicted and executed for the crime. Ten years later, Jon Nunn, the detective who cracked the case, is convinced that the wrong person was put to death. Along with financier Tony Olsen he gathers everyone who was there the night Christopher was murdered to finally uncover the truth about what really happened.
Could the true culprit have been Rosemary’s ne’er do well brother Peter Heusen, interested in his sister’s trust fund having run through his own or the museum curatorial assistant Justine Olengard, used and betrayed by Christopher himself? Or the struggling artist Belle, who turned down his advances only to see her career suffer a setback? Or someone else entirely? If you’re expecting an Agatha Christie ending—where Poirot or Marple stands up, calmly lays out the case, and then reveals the true murderer—you’re in for a shock. The creators have another denouement in mind, a twist so original that readers will never see it coming!
This is the first time so many major bestselling authors have been involved in a single project. Contributors Peter James, Marcia Talley, John Lescroart, RL Stine, Diana Gabaldon, Jeffery Deaver, Michael Palmer, Jonathan Santlofer, Andrew Gulli and Gayle Lynds read from No Rest for the Dead and spoke about the process of creating a collaborative, serial novel at this event.

No Rest for the Dead editors Andrew and Lamia Gulli partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and all royalty proceeds (excluding contributor expenses) went to this foundation.




Peter James is one of the most prolific and celebrated crime writers in England, where his work has been shortlisted for numerous awards. He has published twenty-five works of fiction, including the bestselling Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series. James is the Honorary Chair of the Crime Writers Association. In 2011, his novel Dead Like You won the Sounds of Crime Award for best abridged novel. He lives in Notting Hill, London.



Marcia Talley is the author of the Hannah Ives mystery series, which includes the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestsellers In Death’s Shadow, This Enemy Town, and Through the Darkness. She has also helped to author and edit the novels I’d Kill for That and Naked Came the Phoenix. She and her husband, Barry, divide their time between Annapolis, Maryland and Abacos, Bahamas.



John Lescroart is a New York Times-bestselling writer of crime fiction, most notably the Dismas Hardy series, which includes such titles as Dead Irish, The Oath, The Motive, and The Second Chair. His work has been translated into sixteen languages and published in more than seventy-five countries. Lescroart lives in Northern California with his wife, Lisa Sawyer.



Diana Gabaldon is the author of New York Times-bestselling Outlander novels, as well a sub-series centered on the character of Lord John Grey, and a graphic novel, The Exile. Her work has been translated into twenty-three languages and published in twenty-six countries. She has also written extensively on scientific computation, and founded the journal Science Software Quarterly in 1984. She lives with her husband, Douglas Watkins, in Phoenix, Arizona.


Jeffery Deaver is the author of twenty-seven novels, two collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book. He has received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world, and his novels have appeared on international bestseller lists including The New York Times, The Times of London, Italy's Corriere della Serra, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Los Angeles Times. In 2008, his novel The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association. Several of his titles, including The Bone Collector, have been adapted for the screen. He edited The Best American Mystery Stories 2009.


R.L. Stine is the author of over one hundred works of teen horror fiction, including the Fear Street series, which remains the bestselling young-adult series of all time. His wildly popular Goosebumps books have been published in thirty-two languages and adapted for television. Stein is currently at work on more Goosebumps Horrorland titles. He lives with his wife, Jane, in New York City.


Gayle Lynds is the author of nine spy novels, including a New York Times-bestseller, Masquerade, and The Last Spymaster, which was the named Best Novel by the American Authors Association in 2006. The Hades Factor, coauthored with Robert Ludlum, became a CBS miniseries in April 2006. Lynds cofounded International Thrillers Writers with David Morrell in 2004. She lives in Southern California.




Michael Palmer is the author of 16 novels of suspense, all international best sellers. His books have been translated into forty languages. Palmer was educated at Wesleyan University and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His most recent novel is A Heartbeat Away which deals with presidential succession. His novel Extreme Measures was made into the hit film of the same name starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman. Palmer also works with the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Physician Health Services, helping doctors with physical and mental illness, as well as drug dependence and alcoholism.



Jonathan Santlofer is the author of five novels, The Death Artist, Color Blind, The Killing Art, The Murder Notebook, and Anatomy of Fear, which won the Nero Wolfe Award for best crime novel of 2008. He is co-editor, contributor and illustrator of the short story anthology, The Dark End of the Street, and was the recent editor of and contributor to LA Noire: The Collected Stories. His short stories appear in such collections as The Rich & The Dead, edited by Nelson De Mille, the International Crime Writers’ A World of Crime & Mystery, and the forthcoming New Jersey Noir edited by Joyce Carol Oates. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy In Rome, the Vermont Studio Center and serves on the board of Yaddo, the oldest arts community in the U.S. He lives in New York City where he is currently at work on a new novel.



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