Crook brings the world of the dead and the living together perfectly in this captivating mystery starring one of the most wonderful, unlikely protagonists I've come across. Jackie Lyons is a flat-out train wreck -- an ex-cop turned crime scene photographer battling addiction who happens to see dead people. You will love her, not in spite of her faults and demons, but because of them. (Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of Promise Not to Tell and Don't Breathe a Word
"A fun, spooky ride." (Tom Franklin, Edgar Award-winning author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter)
There is no killing me softly in this hardboiled song from a southern city sinking into the abyss; a terrific tale hammered down on filthy keys in a lost bar.
Read The Sleeping and the Dead and you may never buy a camera from a stranger. (Pieter Aspe, author of The Square of Revenge)
Crook deftly explores the human fascination with the macabre at the same time he draws attention to the reader's own voyeuristic impulses. (Publisher's Weekly)
"[Crook's] first mystery sets a high standard." -Associated Press
"Want a ghost story/crime story/police procedural/Shakespeare lesson all twisted - really twisted - into one page-turner? See The Sleeping and the Dead." (The Memphis Flyer)
"A suspenseful blend of the supernatural and crime fiction. Jackie Lyons is a strong female detective."
"This series starter should go right to the top of all bestseller lists. It is very well written, with fresh new characters, an unusual atmosphere and setting and an explosive ending. Crook's voice is well developed although this is his first mystery . . . An excellent read that you won't be able to put down."
About the Author
JEFF CROOK is a technical writer/editor for the U.S. Postal Service and the author of several fantasy books in the Dragonlance series including Conundrum
and The Thieves' Guild.
He lives in Mississippi with his wife and two sons. The Sleeping and the Dead
is his first mystery.