Sleepless - A Novel

Charlie Huston

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Every day, more and more people have been found to have contracted the illness. It reveals itself gradually, inhibiting sleep, eating away at one's mind, birthing panic and confusion, until the final few months before death known as the suffering. The epidemic has swept the globe, and now infects one in ten people.

Straight-arrow cop Parker T. Haas is working undercover as a dealer in the black-market trade of Dreamer, the only known drug that offers relief for the sleepless. The drug is in small supply and impossibly high demand, and in his darker moments, Park admits to himself that his interest in it goes beyond the professional. His own wife, Rose, has been sleepless for months, and they haven't yet found the courage to find out if their infant daughter is also sick. Though the stress at work and at home are weighing on him, Park presses on, feeling like he's on the cusp of learning something crucial about the disease.

Review: Amazon Exclusive: Barry Eisler Reviews Sleepless

Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan. Eisler’s bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "Best of" lists, and have been translated into nearly 20 languages. The first book in Eisler’s John Rain series, Rain Fall, has been made into a movie starring Gary Oldman. Read his exclusive Amazon guest review of Sleepless:

One of the great things about Charlie Huston is the way he sneaks up on you. You think The Shotgun Rule is about teen gangs and the consequences of crime--and gradually realize that on a deeper level it's about fathers and sons and reconciliation with the past. You think The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death is about the quirky crews who clean blood and brain matter from the furniture and rugs when someone prematurely shuffles off this mortal coil--and you start to see it's really about healing the wounds within. And you think Sleepless is about zombies, and a dystopian Los Angeles that's as real as tomorrow, and horribly believable government/corporate conspiracies, and a stylish and awesomely capable assassin--and you realize when you finish (tears in your eyes, in my case), that it's really about the unlikely human bonds that transcend shock and horror and trauma.

There are so many things I loved about this book. That sly Huston humor, lurking just beneath the tilted and terrifying zombified world he depicts, is one:

"Movies themselves had not stopped shooting. Certainly production had been scaled back, and more than one studio had gone under or, more accurately, been consumed whole by somewhat heartier competitors, but even as energy costs spiked, even as all cities, most suburbs, and many rural areas, experienced outbreaks of organized violence, even as the standing army was deployed with obvious permanence to the oil fields in Alaska, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, and Brazil, even as the draft was reinstated and the gears of the economy audibly snapped their teeth and ground to a squealing halt, even as the drought extended and crops withered, even as the ice caps melted and coastal waters rose, people still liked a good picture."

And Charlie isn't only skilled with the broad brush. His grace notes, the little asides that animate the larger images and characters and themes, are legion. It felt so right that sufferers from the sleepless disease call the non-afflicted "snorers"... and there's Vinnie the Fish, the ex-criminal and current open-air seafood restauranteur who believes the height of dining elegance is a meal served with a real fork, not a spork... and the lethally poised Lady Chizu's carefully arranged collection of typewriters "upon which suicide notes were written. And not another word, after."

Some of what's in the book felt so real I had to Google it to know more. A role-playing game called Chasm Tide. The etiology of Fatal Familial Insomnia and the sleepless prion. I won't tell you what I found, but I was all the more impressed.

I could go on, but I'm running out of room. So let me just note again the aforementioned assassin, Jasper. If you've read my Rain books, you know I like assassins possessed of style, exceptional lethality, and unusual self-awareness. Jasper has all that, and more. He's the best fictional assassin I've come across in a long time: believable, fascinating, ruthless. A joy to spend time with, as is the book itself.

The characters, the vision, the atmosphere... long after the final page surrenders the last of the story's surprising and utterly satisfying secrets, Sleepless will stay with you. It's Charlie's best yet--his most ambitious, his most engrossing, his most affecting. A strong statement, you'll agree, if you've read his other terrific stories. But see for yourself--and prepare to be wowed. --Barry Eisler

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