No Rest for the Dead is an interesting idea with lots of potential.
The book has 25 contributors: Jeff Abbott, Lori Armstrong, Sandra Brown, Thomas Cook, Jeffery Deaver, Diana Gabaldon, Tess Gerritsen, Andrew F. Gulli, Peter James, J.A. Jance, Faye Kellerman, Raymond Khoury, John Lescroart, Jeff Lindsay, Gayle Lynds, Philip Margolin, Alexander McCall Smith, Michael Palmer, T. Jefferson Parker, Matthew Pearl, Kathy Reichs, Marcus Sakey, Jonathan Santlofer, Lisa Scottoline, R.L. Stine, Marcia Talley.
As David Baldacci, a great thriller writer in his own right, says in the introduction,“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.”
There's a book signing scheduled for tonight (July 8) in New York City. Details on that event as well as about the project itself are here
I thought this book would be similar to the recent collaboration by Lisa Lutz and her ex-boyfriend -- I interviewed them here -- where they would take turns writing, and it would be clear by their different styles who was writing what. Also, they dispatch with each other's favorite characters although that was more due to just them fighting, and I did not expect to see that happening here.
With this book it does indeed alternate authors, but it was hard to tell a lot of difference from one author to another. But that may not be a big deal to some readers.
Or you can take the alternate view as one reader did at the Amazon page for the book: "Since some of my favorite authors (Faye Kellerman, Sandra Brown, Tess Gerritsen, to name a few) took part in this fantastic endeavor, I thought I would be able to differentiate their writing, their voice, from the authors that I don't know as well. That just wasn't the case. All of these authors worked so well together that the chapters blended into one another beautifully. I'd love to know how it was done. Did one author write an outline the others worked off of? Did one author write a chapter and then pass if off to the next in line?" As for those questions, read on....