When Christopher Thomas, a curator at San Francisco's Museum of Fine Arts, is murdered and his decaying body is found in an iron maiden in Berlin, his wife Rosemary Thomas is the prime suspect. Long suffering under Christopher's unfaithful ways, Rosemary is tried, convicted and executed.
Ten years later, Jon Nunn, the detective who cracked the case, becomes convinced that the wrong person was put to death. Along with financier Tony Olsen, he plans to gather everyone who was there the night Christopher died and finally uncover the truth about what happened that fateful evening.
Could it have been the ne'er do well brother Peter Hausen, interested in his sister's trust fund having got through his own; the curatorial assistant Justine Olengard, used and betrayed by Christopher; the artist Belle who turned down his advances only to see her career suffer a setback; or someone else all together? No Rest for the Deadis a thrilling, page-turning accomplishment that only the very best thriller writers could achieve.
Twenty-six of the best-known names in the business including Jeffery Deaver, Faye Kellerman, Alexander McCall Smith, Kathy Reichs, Thomas H. Cook, and Lisa Scottoline contribute chapters to this modestly entertaining "who-really-done-it." In 2000, museum curator Rosemary Thomas is executed in California for the murder of her philandering curator husband, whose decomposing corpse was found in an iron maiden shipped from the U.S. to Germany. Police detective Jon Nunn helped convict Thomas, but a decade later he's sure of her innocence and sets out to catch the real culprit by using her request for a memorial service as an opportunity to convene a roster of alternate suspects with a slew of motives. While many readers will enjoy the inventive changes of plot direction and seeing how the next author will deal with them, others may feel a similarity of tone and style is less a sign of creative minds in sync than of bland homogenization.