By Charlie Huston
Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345501141, 353pp.
Publication Date: December 28, 2010
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What LAPD cop Parker Hass wants is a world both safe and just for his wife and infant daughter. But then a plague of insomnia strikes. Working undercover as a drug dealer in a Los Angeles ruled in equal parts by martial law and insurgency, Park is tasked with cutting off illegal trade in Dreamer, the only drug that can give the infected their precious sleep. After a year of lost leads, Park stumbles into the perilous shadows cast by the pharmaceutical giant behind Dreamer. Somewhere in those shadows a secret is hiding. Drawn into the inner circle of a tech guru with a warped agenda, Park delves deeper into the restless world. His wife has become sleepless, and their daughter may soon share the same fate. For them, he will risk everything. Whatever the cost to himself.
“One of the most remarkable prose stylists to emerge from the noir tradition in this century."—Stephen King
“A stunningly original work of speculative fiction.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[Charlie Huston is] one of the most interesting writers working the crime/mystery/ supernatural beat. . . . [Sleepless] is a serious novel full of ideas about our future, concerns about our present and dead-on characterizations.”—Associated Press
“What continues to elevate Huston’s work . . . is a sharp eye for character and unexpected—but entirely logical—twists. . . . He is a standout young voice.”—The Denver Post
“What a fabulous read. . . . The ending is a brilliant shocker.”—Dayton Daily News