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ISBN13: 9780345501134
ISBN10: 0345501136
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Set in an alternate America that is unraveling under the strain of a deadly plague, this masterful novel portrays the lives of two very different men on a collision course of destruction. Huston is a one of the finest writers that you've never heard of. His characters are quirky and real and speak with an authenticity that's hard to match. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
Recommended by Christian Benito, Powells.com

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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.

Review:

"In Huston's impressive, challenging thriller set in a postapocalyptic Los Angeles, a devastating illness renders the afflicted unable to sleep. In about a year, those with SLP (as the sleepless illness is known) deteriorate and die. Amid the city's rampant violence and lawlessness, LAPD cop Parker 'Park' Haas tries to persuade himself that a future exists for his newborn daughter. As the outside world becomes increasingly dangerous, Park pursues an undercover investigation that takes him deep into the milieu of an online game called Chasm Tide, into which many people have retreated. As in the author's Joe Pitt vampire series (My Dead Body, etc.), this book has at its heart a love story: Park's wife is dying from SLP, and Park begins to fear he may be getting it, too. Can the mysterious mercenary known only as Jasper help? Some fans of Huston's crime fiction may not be comfortable with a novel that itself resembles a role-playing game, but it will gain him a whole new readership." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A writer as skilled as Huston can make an apocalyptic story terrifyingly plausible. Readers prone to depression should approach with care." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Review:

"With prose and characters sharply crafted, Charlie Huston immerses us in his well-imagined, hopeless hell....[W]hat continues to elevate Huston's work...is a sharp eye for character and unexpected — but entirely logical — twists at the finale. He is a standout young voice in what might be considered the genre of crime fiction, but his writing is simply too good to be genre-constrained." The Denver Post

Synopsis:

In this gripping, unnerving, exhilarating, and haunting novel, Parker Hass works undercover as a drug dealer in a Los Angeles. He is tasked with cutting off the illegal trade of Dreamer, the only drug that can give the infected what they most crave: sleep.

About the Author

Charlie Huston is the author of the bestsellers The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death and The Shotgun Rule, as well as the Henry Thompson trilogy, the Joe Pitt casebooks, and several titles for Marvel Comics. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.

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Larry Robinson, February 23, 2010 (view all comments by Larry Robinson)
This is a very interesting departure from the typical Charlie Huston mystery, and certainly a long way from his Joe Pitt vampire series. I would clasify it as speculative, rather than science fiction. The story takes place in, seemingly, current day Los Angeles, but it's not a Los Angeles that any of us know. About 10% of the worlds population have become afflicted with chronic sleeplessness, or SLP. There is a drug called DR33M3R (Dreamer) that can provide temporary relief, but not a cure. Dreamer is highly regulated and not readily available. Thus, there is a very profitable black market. Enter uncover LAPD office Parker (Park) Haas. Murder, mayhem, and online gaming all play central roles in the story. As with all of Charlie Huston's work, ultimately this is a love story, albeit a miserable one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345501134
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Huston, Charlie
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Epidemics
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Publication Date:
20100112
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.64x6.02x1.25 in. 1.28 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345501134 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Set in an alternate America that is unraveling under the strain of a deadly plague, this masterful novel portrays the lives of two very different men on a collision course of destruction. Huston is a one of the finest writers that you've never heard of. His characters are quirky and real and speak with an authenticity that's hard to match. Do yourself a favor and read this book.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Huston's impressive, challenging thriller set in a postapocalyptic Los Angeles, a devastating illness renders the afflicted unable to sleep. In about a year, those with SLP (as the sleepless illness is known) deteriorate and die. Amid the city's rampant violence and lawlessness, LAPD cop Parker 'Park' Haas tries to persuade himself that a future exists for his newborn daughter. As the outside world becomes increasingly dangerous, Park pursues an undercover investigation that takes him deep into the milieu of an online game called Chasm Tide, into which many people have retreated. As in the author's Joe Pitt vampire series (My Dead Body, etc.), this book has at its heart a love story: Park's wife is dying from SLP, and Park begins to fear he may be getting it, too. Can the mysterious mercenary known only as Jasper help? Some fans of Huston's crime fiction may not be comfortable with a novel that itself resembles a role-playing game, but it will gain him a whole new readership." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A writer as skilled as Huston can make an apocalyptic story terrifyingly plausible. Readers prone to depression should approach with care."
"Review" by , "With prose and characters sharply crafted, Charlie Huston immerses us in his well-imagined, hopeless hell....[W]hat continues to elevate Huston's work...is a sharp eye for character and unexpected — but entirely logical — twists at the finale. He is a standout young voice in what might be considered the genre of crime fiction, but his writing is simply too good to be genre-constrained."
"Synopsis" by , In this gripping, unnerving, exhilarating, and haunting novel, Parker Hass works undercover as a drug dealer in a Los Angeles. He is tasked with cutting off the illegal trade of Dreamer, the only drug that can give the infected what they most crave: sleep.
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