Writers unite for crime thriller "No Rest For the Dead"

Mon Jul 4, 2011 7:34am EDT
 
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - In what its editor called a publishing first, 26 authors with combined sales of tens of millions of books have joined forces to write a single thriller called "No Rest For the Dead."

Andrew Gulli, who runs Strand Magazine specializing in crime thrillers and mystery short stories, came up with the idea for a plot and initially invited 12 writers to contribute chapters of their own.

"I had an idea about a woman who was executed for a crime she didn't commit," said Gulli. "So I wrote a prologue and handed it to the first author and he and the others started to write."

What he got back was not enough to make a coherent novel, so he invited more writers and ended up with a total of 26.

The list includes novelist Jeffery Deaver, best known for his Lincoln Rhyme series and now the latest authorized James Bond sequel, Alexander McCall Smith and Kathy Reichs.

"If you add up the group of writers who have taken part in this book, you'll find they have sales of hundreds of millions of books," Gulli told Reuters. "In the history of publishing nothing like this has ever occurred."

No Rest For the Dead centers around Jon Nunn, a detective who helped convict a woman for murdering her husband, the curator at a San Francisco museum.

But 10 years later he is convinced he got the wrong woman, although it is too late to save Rosemary -- she was executed.   Continued...