Sleepless

Sleepless

A Novel

Book - 2010
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From bestselling author Charlie Huston comes a novel about the fears that find us all during dark times and the courage and sacrifice that can save us in the face of unimaginable odds. Gripping, unnerving, exhilarating, and haunting, Sleepless is well worth staying up for. What former philosophy student Parker Hass wanted was a better world. A world both just and safe for his wife and infant daughter. So he joined the LAPD and tried to make it that way. But the world changed. Struck by waves of chaos carried in on a tide of insomnia. A plague of sleeplessness. Park can sleep, but he is wide awake. And as much as he wishes he was dreaming, his eyes are open. He has no choice but to see it all. That's his job. Working undercover as a drug dealer in a Los Angeles ruled in equal parts by martial law and insurgency, he's tasked with cutting off illegal trade in Dreamer, the only drug that can give the infected what they most crave: sleep. After a year of lost leads and false trails, Park stumbles into the perilous shadows cast by the pharmaceuticals giant behind Dreamer. Somewhere in those shadows, at the nexus of disease and drugs and money, a secret is hiding. Drawn into the inner circle of a tech guru with a warped agenda and a special use for the sleepless themselves, Park thinks he knows what that secret might be. To know for certain, he will have to go deeper into the restless world. His wife has become sleepless, and their daughter may soon share the same fate. For them, he will risk what they need most from him: his belief that justice must be served. Unknown to him, his choice ties all of their futures to the singularly deadly nature of an aging mercenary who stalks Park. The deeper Park stumbles through the dark, the more he is convinced that it is obscuring the real world. Bring enough light and the shadows will retreat. Bring enough light and everyone will see themselves again. Bring enough light and he will find his way to the safe corner, the harbor he's promised his family. Whatever the cost to himself. It is July 2010. The future is coming. Open your eyes.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345501134
Branch Call Number: FIC Hust
Characteristics: 353p

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matt7195 Jan 11, 2013

Sleepless is a cinematic book. You can't help but see all of the action playing out right in front of you as you are eating this page-turner alive.

Everybody is tough as nails in true Huston spirit, but the wild, dark near-future setting throws everything off balance and leaves you wanting to immediately find out what happens next when you finish the last page.

An absolute must for fans of hard boiled fiction, and a fine addition to the science fiction field as well.

Northbrook_Eric Jan 12, 2011

Huston has had a great talent in portraying violence and it's a real pleasure to see him really stretch his talents to a new level in this new work. I'll be very surprised if it doesn't make the list for Hugos this year..

sliston Sep 27, 2010

So I'd read Huston's first book (Caught Stealing -- also very good) a while back and didn't know anything about this one going in. His first book was total, like, gritty plup/noir crime novel. Not knowing what this was all about going in, I was kinda surprised.

On one level, it's still a pulp detective novel. But it's set in a near future dystopia (albeit one more SNAFU than Orwellian). Interestingly, the main character's state of mind starts degrading with the decline of his health. This adds additional interest to the narrative.

Upping the ante for interestingness, the story unfolds as a third person narrative following the main character, first-person journal entries from the main character, and a first person narrative from a different character's perspective.

These various narratives all wind up tying together and working very well.

So yeah, if you're into near future dystopia, biological disasters, or pulp detective novels you oughta take this one for a spin.

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earlyfloyd
Mar 09, 2010

Was looking forward to this book, as I really enjoyed the Henry Thompson trilogy, and liked to a lesser extent the Joe Pitt Case files, but this was ok and was written in different style than the others. It was ok where I would recommend the Henry Thompson trilogy and Joe Pitt Cases, I wouldn't highly recommend Sleepless, it reminded me a little like the story in

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