A Mercy Johnson Novel
Laurel Springs Publishing, 9780983954323, 234pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 2012
Sleepy LeBlanc suffers from a sleep disorder, narcolepsy, which causes him to sleep at the wrong times and in the wrong places. He falls asleep in the men's dressing room of a department store. After closing time, security guards find him, surrounded by clothing with price tags still on. He is arrested and charged with burglary. His uptown lawyer refuses to explain his condition at his trial, and he is wrongly convicted. In prison, he is assigned to the work crew. The crew boss allows him to sleep on the prison bus. One day he is awakened by a guard, who tells him that the crew boss has been murdered and the prisoners have all escaped. So begins his worst nightmare-the FBI agent assigned to investigate the prison guard's murder believes Sleepy knows about the crime. He is trying to make a career leap, and to use Sleepy to get up the ladder. Once the escaped prisoners are caught, they set about to enforce a code of silence with threats against Sleepy's family, and with attempts to burn his cell and poison him. Sleepy is ensnared in the political ambitions of the FBI agent and the fears of the prison gang of a murder prosecution. Sleepy's best friend in prison, his ex-wife, and a young prison psychologist work to save him. His sleep disorder proves to be both a curse and a tool to gain his freedom.