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Dead Sleep (Mississippi Book 3) by [Iles, Greg]
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  • File Size: 1168 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2002
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002X848QE
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Format: Hardcover
Greg Iles has taken on the interesting, and surely daunting for a male author, task of writing a book in the first person from the female perspective. Not only is he dealing with the feelings of the opposite sex towards quite emotional issues, his main character is also a troubled soul, having lost her father when she was young, her mother to alcoholism and her sister to an unknown kidnapper. On top of that he deals with some pretty major issues such as rape and child abuse. Although, it's a big task, he has presented his character in a believable and interesting fashion and, to my mind, pulls it off.
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.
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Greg Iles is, simply put, the best thriller author working today. There are many others who are good, but all have evident weaknesses. Cornwell? Artificial dialogue and unrealistically ornery characters. Grisham/Crichton/Deaver? Formulaic writing and inconistent ability to write subtle, textured stories. Etc.
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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ever since he hit the scene many years ago with Spandau Phoenix, I have followed Greg Iles' amazing career with a great deal of interest. I don't know of any author currently working that can hold a candle to his sheer talent for writing in such a wide variety of genre's. So far he has tackled historical thriller, legal thriller, supernatural, murder/mystery and straight-on action/adventure thriller. What genuinely sets Mr. Iles apart is that not only has he written these many styles, but he quite literally COMMANDS each genre that he writes. I know of NO living author who has made such a wide attempt at writing, and certainly nobody who has ever managed to do it so incredibly well.

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).
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