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Dead Sleep Paperback – 20 Jun 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (20 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340770082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340770085
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 3.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,204,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With his new thiller Dead Sleep, Greg Iles lives up to the promise of his previous bestseller 24 Hours by showcasing his ability to deliver top-level suspense as well as multi-dimensional characterisation. When Jordan Glass, a world-renowned photojournalist, happens on an exhibit of a series of paintings known as "The Sleeping Women", she is stunned to discover that one of the models--a nude who, like the other women in the paintings, looks dead rather than asleep--is her mirror image. But Jordan knows the face in the painting isn't her; it's her twin sister Jane, who disappeared from her New Orleans home more than a year ago and is presumed to have been murdered by a serial killer who's been snatching women off the streets of the Crescent City for at least that long. None of the bodies of the missing women have turned up, but their faces match the models in the other Sleeping Women paintings. A veteran FBI agent named John Kaiser brings Jordan into the Bureau's hunt for the anonymous artist, who may also know something about the disappearance of Jordan's father in Vietnam almost 30 years before.

This is a taut, well-crafted thriller with a nice secondary love story that's woven into the action without slowing it down. Jordan is a fascinating, many-sided character who's a little too tough to be wholly believable, but that's a minor quibble. While winning well-deserved new fans for Iles, Dead Sleep will keep his readers awake until the very last page. --Jane Adams, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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'Greg Iles is a phenomenal writer' (Independent on Sunday )

'This one bounds along keeping you turning the pages long after sleep beckons' (Independent on Sunday )

'A potent thriller' (New York Times Book Review 20010819)

'A chunky holiday read' (FHM Magazine 20010819)

'Another top notch tale of suspense from Iles' (Kirkus Reviews 20010819)

"A narrative as ingenious as it is bizarre" (New York Times Book Review 20010819)

"Iles continues to amaze with his incredible range." (Publishers Weekly on Dead Sleep 20010611)

"Atmospheric, sexy and provocative." (Booklist on Dead Sleep 20010106)

'Another page turner' (Sheffield Telegraph 20010810)

'A superb plot, with unexpected twists and turns. Iles just gets better and better' (Yorkshire Evening Post 20011008)

'A stunnning opening to a complex thriller. Bottom line: Cancel Bedtime. A Beach Book of the Week.' (People Magazine 20011008)

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Format: Paperback
I needed something to read and this book sounded interesting. I have never read Iles before and normally when I take a chance on a new author it all goes horribly wrong and I find I've just wasted time and money on a book that will sit on my shelf gathering dust.
Not this time. This book takes your hand and leads you into a story that is constantly unfolding with revelations, setbacks, hope and despair.
As the cover says the story is about a woman photojournalist who by chance sees a portrait of her missing, presumed dead, sister who disappeared over a year before. She of course is anxious to find out the truth and the only way which she can do this is to co-operate with the FBI and hope they don't cut her out of the loop as they did after her sister first went missing.
With your average thriller the ending can sometimes let you down. Iles skillfully avoids this trap and keeps you reading and neatly closes the story with a satisfying conclusion that leaves no questions unanswered.
The main characters are solid and well written and at no point are you jarred into reality with a careless sentence or paragraph that doesn't ring true.
If you like thrillers, or if you are just hunting for a good read, I can't recommend this book enough.
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I was completely hooked with this book - the suspense and character portrayal were both of a high standard and I found it was hard for me to stop reading it - loved the combination of technology in the plot too - recommend this book as a good place to start if you haven't read any of Greg Iles books before. It is a stand-alone, unlike some of his others.
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Firstly let me state that thrillers are not my genre and I picked this book up for 50p in a sale. The storyline of a serial murderer, a member of the public helping the FBI, lots of action, storyline changing page after page is really excellent. I found myself not putting the book down wanting to know what happened next. What didn't work for me was the central character Jordan who to me was a women obviously written by a man. So of course she had to be stunning, independant, wear casual relaxed male style clothing and other male fantasy cliches of the independant women waiting for her knight in shinning armour. So the parts of the book dealing with her feelings and relationships did not work and were a distraction from the main show which was the investigation of the crime. Back to the good part the storyline is that of a serial killer who paints pictures of his victims in the sleep of death which are so well crafted that they become the subject of vast bids on the international art market. Jordan stumbles into this story by attending an art exhibition in Hong Kong where one of the pictures shows her twin sister, missing for some time. She manages to make a connection from her sisters disappearance and that of many other women in New Orleans and then enter the FBI. The story is then one of her assisting the professionals in tracking down the identity of the killer, though I'm pretty convinced they would not normally allow a member of the public such freedom in such an investigation or botch things up so much. The twists and turns mean as I said you are not sure where the story is leading until the end, so the interest level (critical for a thriller) is kept until the end. If I had to rate this as a piece of writing because of the central characters and the too obvious cliches splattered throughout it would only be a 2 but for the pace and storyline, and the 50p I spent make it definately a 4.
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Greg Iles creates pace and tension in his books, and I like that. Even though both the premise of the plot and the outcome stretch credibility somewhat, the main characters are sympathetic and the story gripped me and kept me guessing. This isn't literature, but Iles' writing style has polish and this book works as a good, light read - great on holiday or when you want a bit of escapism.
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This book was riveting until the end. I really enjoyed the art aspect as it was different to any other topic I had read about before.
I highly recommend this book it was worth the money.
Also I loved Greg's description of New Orleans again different from any other thriller writer i have read before.
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I have reached a point where i'm struggling to find new - and interesting - authors. I seem to have exhausted those that i know of. So it was with trepidation that i picked up Iles' book as i'd previously never heard of him.
This book was extremely gripping. I was on holiday with relatives at the time and often needed something to pass the time at quiet moments - Dead Sleep did this and more. It's one of those books that you read (if you're anything like me)so quickly - skimming over the sentences in a desperate urge to reach the climax! The characters were believable (great to see a heroine who's believable, likeable but with forgivable flaws) and the plot unpredictable. Now i'm back home the only decision i've got to make is which one of his books to read next.
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As usual Greg Iles does not disappoint. Very good read and now onto the next one!!! Discovered him some years ago with Natchez Burning and am still ploughing through his books. Keep them coming Mr. Iles
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By A Customer on 16 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
Jordan Glass, award-winning war photographer is amazed when she finds a painting of her identical twin sister Jane in a Hong Kong art gallery. Particularly since her sister disappeared without a trace months before. With the help of the FBI Jordan sets out to trace the source of the paintings and find out what happened to her sister, and the dozen or so other women who went missing in New Orleans over the same period.
The action and suspense never let up and the plot has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. The villain is genuinely hard to identify and the creepy climax kept me up late into the night.
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