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Sleepwalker Paperback – March 28, 2017
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Is this book worth it? The answer is yes, regardless of who you are. For readers: Shane Ryan Staley, Editor-in-Chief of Delirium Books, has an amazing track record regarding finding the gem authors that have fallen between the cracks; this is the man, after all, who uncovered both Jeffrey Thomas and Greg F. Gifune (two names to certainly watch). For collectors: Delirium Books has never failed to deliver a beautifully crafted edition, always sure to become a central piece on your mantle. And for investors: Delirium Books knows its market, producing editions in a small enough number to create almost immediate demand and, to date, no Delirium Books release has failed to increase in value.
Who is Michael Laimo, author of Sleepwalker? He's been working in the background for a while, having created two short story collections and two novels. His previous work, Atmosphere, garnered high praise in the form of a Bram Stoker Nomination -- one of the most prestigious awards in the genre -- and, if there is any justice in the world, Sleepwalker will win him a Stoker Award.
A strange blend of The X-Files and Quantum Leap, Sleepwalker primarily follows two lives that are bound to intersect. Leonard Moldofsky, small town police detective, has stumbled upon the case that will surely make his career, assuming he can deduce the strange solution to this very convoluted mystery. Richard Sparke, nice guy and frequent somnambulist (sleepwalker), fears he violently attacks people while he slumbers. The characters that decorate the background are no less interesting: the beautiful girlfriend who knows too much; the psychologist who expounds paranormal theories; the still wet-behind-the-ears partner; the paranoid ex-wife; the imbecile sheriff's son who is always in the wrong place at the right time, and the infamous man in black. Any of them can have their lives change or end in a flash of blue light.
As with any good mystery tale, the red-herrings are plentiful and Laimo reveals skill rarely seen anymore as he nonchalantly delivers clue after clue to the reader but keeps the final resolution out-of-reach until he expertly conjoins the pieces. It is with this same deft proficiency that a highly elaborate explanation is slowly conveyed to ensure comprehension on the reader's part.
The epilogue reeks of being a tongue-in-cheek pastiche of Highlander, and its sequel, remaining nonetheless both logical and pleasurable within the context of the story. In Highlander there could be only one; luckily for you, with Sleepwalker there are 250 copies. Do yourself a favor: get one.