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Product Details

  • Series: Jackie Lyons Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250000289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250000286
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,150,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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.”
--Åke Edwardson, author of Sail of Stone

“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."
--Mississippi

“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.”

--Romantic Times Book Reviews, Top Pick



 

About the Author

A technical writer/editor for the U.S. Postal Service, JEFF CROOK is also 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.  This is his first mystery. 


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What a wonderful tale.
sabu
If you liked "A Question of Blood", "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and the TV show/Book "Wire in the Blood" then this book is for you!
Delynn b
It has been a long time since I read a book that I could not put down, and I could not put this one down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Delynn b on August 10, 2012
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Being a native Memphian, I was thrilled to see a local writer do well and it was wonderful to see Memphis become one of the characters in a way. The story line grabs you from the first page and doesn't let you go until you are thoroughly exhausted and amazed! I never saw the end coming - the characters are fantastically real, the good, the bad, and the twisted. It's a great peek into the eccentricities and realities of life here in the South nicely enfolded into an excellent crime drama. If you liked "A Question of Blood", "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and the TV show/Book "Wire in the Blood" then this book is for you! Cannot wait for the next one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sabu on August 7, 2012
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I sat down and began this excellent fictional mystery book about 7 pm on a Tue. I finished it on Wed. about 9 pm so I can honestly say it's a page turner. Try to start it the night before you have a day off. What a wonderful tale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CarNut on July 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Anyone, like my wife and I, who gobbles up thrillers, especially crime thrillers, knows there are normally formulas, there are predictable sequences of events, clues dropped with dead weight regularity, stereotypes of heroes... blah. Seen it before, read that, stopped reading the other.
Now, for ONCE here is a strong story, an ORIGINAL character - a truly wonderful, flawed, slightly on-the-edge, character - an ex-cop (drug addiction) who finds herself - yes you read that right a woman (a real woman, not some TV stereotype) - struggling to stay alive AND solve a series of gruesome (really twisted, intelligent) murder crimes only she and her camera can "see."
Look, I won't spoil it further. Buy it, read it, enjoy.
Can't wait for the sequel!
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Format: Hardcover
Crook comes out swinging in his hard-core first novel, landing punch after punch until the last page, starting with protagonist Jackie Lyons, a barely-sober junkie ex-cop, now a professional photographer who makes her living documenting crime scenes for the Memphis Police Department. With or without her shield, Jackie still thinks like a cop, lately brought into proximity with a spate of serial murders by "the Playhouse Killer", staged scenes mimicking classic plays in gruesome, graphic and memorable tableau. Jackie's Narcotics Anonymous sponsor is Sergeant Adam McPeak, the officer spearheading the investigation of this unique, if disturbing villain. Following McPeak through the scenes of carnage and interviews that follow, Lyons is uncomfortably aware of her compromised situation, having secretly sold crime scene photos to finance her fixes to a key player, Michi Mori, a decadent Asian collector of macabre erotica and nubile young men, a changing stable of the otherwise homeless to whom he offers shelter and like-minded company.

Lyons is ambivalent about her relationship with Michi-san, dependent on his generosity, but not unaware of the perversions that occur under his roof. But for one such as Jackie, habitué of dark alleys and broken needles, the activities of the city's underbelly are hardly unfamiliar. One foot in her struggle to get clean and function, the other mercilessly pricked by a constant urge to use, recent hallucinogenic visions of dead people only add to the psychic landscape of Jackie's daily existence. Following Adam's lead while clicking away with the Leica she is in the process of purchasing, a camera that seems to have a mind of its own, Jackie's photographs hint at the presence of the killer, a shadowy image in the background at the murder scenes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy G. Cole TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I normally don't enjoy reading about current or reformed addicts, but there are exceptions: Barbara Seranella's Munch Mancini, Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor, and now Jeff Crook's Jackie Lyons. As she visits crime scenes and talks to the police officers she knows, it's obvious that she had a lot of talent as a detective-- or she would have, if drugs hadn't sidetracked her. Seeing glimpses of that talent made me a patient reader, willing to tease out wisps of clues throughout the narrative in order to learn what made her so wounded, so defensive, so distrustful. I'm not about to tell you what happened, but the wait is worth it.

There is also a high creep factor in The Sleeping and the Dead. Are the visions Jackie sees late at night actually ghosts or are they drug-induced dreams? And what's up with that camera that takes photos when no one is pushing the button?

There are two mysteries in this novel-- one of the man accused of murdering his wife, the other of the Playhouse Killer. I liked both, and I really enjoyed how the author tied them together in a very unexpected way.

There's a lot to like about Jackie Lyons, and I'm really looking forward to reading more about her in the future.
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