The Little Sleep (Paperback)
Henry Holt & Company, 9780805088496, 271pp.
Publication Date: March 3, 2009
April 2009 Indie Next List
— Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI
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The wickedly entertaining debut featuring Mark Genevich, Narcoleptic Detective
Mark Genevich is a South Boston P.I. with a little problem: he's narcoleptic, and he suffers from the most severe symptoms, including hypnogogic hallucinations. These waking dreams wreak havoc for a guy who depends on real-life clues to make his living.
Clients haven't exactly been beating down the door when Mark meets Jennifer Times daughter of the powerful local D.A. and a contestant on American Star who walks into his office with an outlandish story about a man who stole her fingers. He awakes from his latest hallucination alone, but on his desk is a manila envelope containing risque photos of Jennifer. Are the pictures real, and if so, is Mark hunting a blackmailer, or worse?
Wildly imaginative and with a pitch-perfect voice, Paul Tremblay's "The Little Sleep" is the first in a new series that casts a fresh eye on the rigors of detective work, and introduces a character who has a lot to prove if only he can stay awake long enough to do it.
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Praise For The Little Sleep…
"Rejoice, Chandler fans. The Little Sleep is as bitingly sardonic as it is hardboiled. Like Jonathan Lethem in Motherless Brooklyn, Paul Tremblay slices, dices and spins the neo-noir his own strange way and delivers a fast, smart, and completely satisfying read."—Stewart O'Nan, author of A Night at the Lobster. A Prayer for the Dying, and The Speed Queen
"I picked up The Little Sleep, planning to just read a few pages, knowing full well I didn't have time to dip into it. Several hours later I was closing the book with a satisfied grin. The best thing I can say about this is the classic 'I couldn't put it down' and mean it. It’s original and different, and yet somehow good kin folk to what has gone before in the tradition of Raymond Chandler."—Joe R. Lansdale, author of Lost Echoes and The Bottoms