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Dead Sleep Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2002
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This is a taut, well-crafted thriller with a nice secondary love story that's woven into the action without slowing it down. Jordan is a fascinating, many-sided character who's a little too tough to be wholly believable, but that's a minor quibble. While winning well-deserved new fans for Iles, Dead Sleep will keep his readers awake until the very last page. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Jordan Glass is a photojournalist who does a lot of travelling around the world. While she is Hong Kong, she visits an art gallery and finds herself face-to-face with what appears to be a painting of her. It is actually her twin sister, who has been missing for around eighteen months, presumed dead. The chilling aspect of the painting for Jordan is that the subject is supposed to be sleeping, but looks very much dead.
Jordan immediately notifies the FBI and has them reopen her sister's case. She travels back to the United States and manages to convince the FBI agents that she should be allowed to take an active part in the investigation. The hunt begins for the artist and the women that are his subjects, for Jordan's sister is only one of many missing women who have turned up on canvas.
All in all Dead Sleep is an exciting, smart-paced book mixing a thriller scenario with aspects of the typical police procedural. I did find myself having to deal with a couple of small quibbles, such as the photojournalist outsmarting the entire FBI when it comes to investigation and psychoanalysis. However, they were minor compared to the entertainment provided by another imaginative story courtesy of Mr Iles.
Iles scores big points with vivid characters, sympathetic villains, flawed protagonists, and enough perverse coloring to keep things edgy. He has never fallen into the trap of sticking with one subject - Nazi intrigue, Internet Sex, Serial Killers, Kidnappers, Civil Rights - all fall within his realm, and he puts in the research and elbow grease to write about his subplots and not around them.
I enjoy Iles' ability to bring characters to life through their passions and careers without pulling the focus away from the spiraling plot. Jordan Glass is a photojournalist, while the antagonists of this book are artists in the paint medium. This juxtaposition of careers and filters through which to view the world enables the characters to communicate through a common thread which facilitates impassioned dialogue.
Writing through the eyes of a beautiful tomboy also makes it clear that Iles can capably write circles around others who try this type of narrative risk (eg. James Patterson). He pulls off the trick to make her appear strong yet wounded, willful yet needy. There are no artificially difficult FBI agents who infiltrate almost all the run-of-the-mill thrillers and even the secondary characters are well fleshed out and interesting in their own right. Jordan's FBI "partner" John Kaiser is a Vietnam vet with a difficult past. Her sister is her identical twin, which in and of itself provides many interesting moments. The mysterious semi-antagonist, semi-protagonist M.Read more ›
Iles has a wonderful sense of life, mystery and history and how they blend together to form one tapestry. He also has a wonderful gift to construct words that will keep you engrossed for the entire book.
In Dead Sleep a professional combat photographer sees pictures of dead women in an art exhibition in Hong Kong including a portrait of her twin sister who had been killed in New Orleans. She is compelled to track down the artist and ends up ensnared in a pattern of serial killing with macabre overtones (like Robert Parker and Stuart Woods, Iles now has a female protagonist). She inevitably ends up working with the FBI in a very strained relationship (it says something about the Bureau or about modern literary convention that you can only work with the FBI in a strained relationship).
I cannot recommend Iles books to highly and this certainly maintains the standard.
His stories rarely take long to unfold. They grab you almost from the first page with the lyrical prose of some of the all-time greats. There is simply just a very addicting way which Greg Iles writes that draws you in and quick. Dead Sleep is yet another one of his amazing plots that is virtually mesmerizing. The idea of a painter who uses Real dead women as subjects of paintings is facinating enough, but add to that the twist of Jordan Glass suddenly seeing her OWN face on one of the paintings -- or rather that of her missing and presumed dead twin sister is enough to force me to read on and on. That scene in this book is alone worth the price. The breakneck pace that follows is enough to keep you entranced in this tale. But as others have noted, while reading a Greg Iles book, there is just something almost intangible in the way he writes that virtually compells you to read further, almost desperately in the sheer need to finish the story once you've started. VERY few authors have EVER been able to pull that off (Phillip Margolin's Gone, But Not Forgotten is another).Read more ›
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Gregn Iles is simoly someone you should be reading. DEAD SLEEP is another great book, thriller and who done it. Iles has that knack to grab you and hold you close to his books. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Wooley in PSL
This book was wonderful, some slow parts but kept me interested throughout! Love the fact it was based in New Orleans.Published 13 days ago by Swimmer
Good book... Not as good as The Quiet Game, but worth thr time to read.Published 21 days ago by G. Michael Hammes
This started out as a good mystery but slowly went downhill from there. The heroine became too unbelievable. Disappointing last few chapters.Published 1 month ago by Ted Hessler
Very good book with a female heroine which surprised me from a male author. Unusual plot. Holds your interest and there is a surprise ending. I like his books.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer