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Dead Sleep [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Greg Iles , Susie Breck
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July 28 2002
An intricate and emotionally resonant story from one of the most versatile thriller writers at work today. Jordan Glass, a photojournalist on a well-earned vacation, wanders into a Hong Kong art museum and is puzzled to find fellow patrons eying her with curiosity. Minutes later, she stumbles upon a gallery containing a one-artist exhibition called "The Sleeping Women," a mysterious series of paintings that has caused a sensation in the world of modern art. Collectors have come to believe that the canvases depict female nudes not in sleep but in death, and they command millions at auction. When Jordan approaches the last work in the series, she freezes. The face in the painting seems to be her own. This unsettling event hurls her back into a nightmare she has fought desperately to put behind her - for, in fact, the face in the painting belongs not to Jordan but to her twin sister, murdered one year ago. At the urging of the FBI, Jordan becomes both hunter and hunted in a duel with the anonymous artist, a gifted murderer who knows the secret history of Jordan's family, and truths that even she has never had the courage to face.

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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, --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Iles continues to amaze with his incredible range, this time around crafting a complex serial killer novel with the intimacy of a smalltown cozy and the punch of a techno-thriller. As different from Spandau Phoenix and 24 Hours as possible, it scores with surefooted plotting, a diverse cast of characters and perfectly calibrated suspense. An anonymous painter's series of candidly posed nudes called The Sleeping Woman bursts on the art scene, each painting selling in the million-dollar range overnight amid rumors that the models are not sleeping but dead. Beautiful, burned-out war photographer Jordan Glass chances into a show and recognizes the subject of a painting as her identical twin, Jane, who was kidnapped near her New Orleans home and never found. Jordan contacts the FBI agent who handled her sister's case, thereby setting in motion a hunt that ties the paintings to the disappearance of at least 11 New Orleans women. Persuading the FBI task force to add her to the team, Jordan tags along to Tulane University, where evidence points to art department head Roger Wheaton, who has a peculiar terminal illness, and his brilliant but disturbed graduate students. Meanwhile, Jordan falls for damaged FBI agent John Kaiser, and together they link her sister's case to a French expat art collector from Vietnam who knew Jordan's war photographer father who disappeared in Cambodia. Are all the women really dead? Is Jordan's father alive and involved? Is there more than one killer? Iles keeps the reader guessing right up to the double surprise ending, delivering the perfect final payoff his readers expect.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, informative book July 4 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a thriller about the extent to which some people go to enjoy the unusual in art. More that that, it is the story of Jordan Glass, a photo-journalist whose twin sister disappeared some time ago. It is her story of struggle, hopes, fears and redemption. It is as "picture perfect" (pardon the pun) a book as possible with interesting, riveting characters - both good and bad.
The internal workings of the FBI, the love story with the agent, the four suspects and their stories - it is beyond me how anyone can find fault with this book. True, it is not an action packed thriller (quote unquote) but for those who are more inclined to the thriller (as opposed to the shoot-em-up type), it is a welcome addition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is powerful painting with words! June 19 2004
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One of the Sleeping Women paintings changes Jordan Glass' life. She is the image of the nude woman either sleeping or dead, but she did not pose for the painting. Thus begins Jordan's journey to find out if the painting is her sister Jane Lacour, her twin who is missing and presumed dead.
There is a luscious cast of characters, both suspects and investigators. The plot is well developed, and all too plausible since many women do disappear from their lives. Most do not run away from the two children and a good husband they adore. Jane certainly didn't leave them intentionally.
I enjoyed Iles contemplation of the connections between identical twins. Even with Jordan's memory about the moment she felt her sister's death, she never gave up hope that Jane would be found alive. Perhaps the sensations she thought were Jane's death weren't. After learning what happened to Jane, I wondered if Jane had felt similar sensations about Jordan - that is how "real" these characters were.
This book is outstanding; it is a page-turner in the truest sense of the words. I came to some of the same conclusions as Jordan did, but in the end only her creativity and depth of knowledge could save her life.
Five stars!
Victoria Tarrani
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Riveting! June 17 2003
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This is a story of crime, passion, love, hope, rejection, it is many things, and the characters draw the reader in with their complexities. It takes place in New Orleans, but jumps to other parts of the world occasionally.
As a successful, professional photographer, Jordan Glass is recognized in her field, as her famous father once was. He has been missing, presumed dead in Cambodia for over 30 years. She has always missed him and never given up on the fact that he may still be alive, but has kept an emotional distance from any man she could love and possibly lose again. At 40 years of age she remains single.
While in Hong Kong on a business trip she browses an art gallery and is puzzled by the gasps of onlookers as they look at her and back at a painting of a woman in "repose." As she approaches the painting the reason for the stares are obvious - the woman in the painting looks exactly like her. Is she asleep or dead? She looks dead, and it disturbs her a great deal, as her twin sister has been missing for over a year. Could she have been killed and posed for the painter? Thus begins a story with so many twists and turns that you have to keep reading it. It is very well done. There is no shortage of action once it gets moving. It involves the FBI, the NOPD, swat teams, and the reader gets well acquainted with them too.
I have not read a book of this caliber for some time. The last half of the book was especially hard to put down, and kept me up many nights past my bedtime.
If you are the type that has to have your attention grabbed on the first page, be a little patient with "Dead Sleep" - it will be worth the short wait. It is a good book for either a man or a woman. Give it as a gift to an avid reader, you won't be sorry, and neither will they!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iles Impressive again June 15 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Greg Iles unlike some authors seems to get more and more comfortable and elegant with each novel he writes.
Dead Sleep could be the best thriller writer writen by a male author from the feminine perspective ever. Jordon Glass is one of the most well rounded human characters I've met in recent fiction. Iles resists the temptation there must be to put his heroine on any type of pedastal and instead helps his character connect with readers by lending her strength because and in spite of her flaws.
The plot is relentless as Photojournalist Jordon Glass helps the FBI task force try to solve the mysterious disappearance of women(including her twin sister) whose images eerily appear in art. This novel is well researched pertaining to art world and the characters esaily leap off page into readers' imagination. Iles plotting pacing and characterization in this story lead me to call him a blooming literary maestro in his field. The ending while viewed by some admittedly as being hokey and contrived i view as uplifting testament to human spirit and thank you Mr. Iles for great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TEN STARS REALLY! Jan. 8 2003
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Rarely does a book come along that is so intelligently written, beautifully paced, and so hard to put down. It's one of those books that when you've finished, you want more of the people you've spend a few hours with. Greg Iles "Dead Sleep" is quite an exceptional work. Instead of reiterating the plot (which is superb in itself), I want to share with thoughts on things that happen in this book that are quite outstanding.
First, the characterizations:
I have never read a more touching and realistic love scene than the one Jordan Glass and John Kaiser share in this book. Both of them carry scars from the past and they have shared these scars. Now, the time has come for them to consummate the relationship they've developed. Even though John has just received a serious bullet wound to the leg, his love for Jordan transcends this, and what results is a mature, poignant, and downright touching scene. Instead of the usual focus on the sexual side of this lovemaking, Iles takes us into the hearts and souls of Jordan and John, and we feel for and with them in this moment of passion. It's amazing how Iles can write from a first person POV as a woman. He certainly does seem to understand a female's thoughts, and that's rare in writers today.
Next: The brief, yet powerful, description of Jordan and Jane's "makeup" when Jordan is injured and estranged twin Jane comes to visit and take care of's truly an accurate portrayal of the familial bond that very few events can shatter.
The tragedy of Jane's disappearance/death is brought home even more vividly when Jordan visits her sister's husband and his two children. The children,of course, see Auntie Jordan as their mother, since they look so much alike. Even distraught husband Marc has a hard time separating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As good as his others
Published 2 months ago by Brian
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip This One
Greg Iles is a talented writer, and an especially gifted narrator. This book, however, doesn't even begin to showcase his talent. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by Author Ty
1.0 out of 5 stars Holy Cow did this book fall apart
This is the first time I have read a Greg Iles novel and it will be the last one I read of his. Don't get me wrong it was an interesting idea but I felt it fell apart towards the... Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003 by T. Iverson
1.0 out of 5 stars What a Wierd Book
After reading his previous books which are geat mysteries, this has disappointed greatly. Wierd is not descriptive enough. Read more
Published on July 29 2003 by Paul Siesser
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch story, well read, emotional ending
This story by Greg Iles, as read by Ms. Susie Breck (very attractive, according to the photo on the back of the audio version [abridged]) is a compelling story, well read, and has... Read more
Published on July 23 2003 by michael d. chlanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Iles gets back on the right track
Greg Iles returns to delivering a complex and suspenseful plot with intriguing characters in Dead Sleep. Like Mortal Fear, this is also a present day serial killer thriller. Read more
Published on July 8 2003 by mackattack9988
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Sleep Review
This provacotive thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat as you read about the journey Jordan Glass has to take in order to find out what happened to her sister. Read more
Published on April 23 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars I was frightened and disgusted but could'nt put it down.
Actually, this is the last work of Mr Iles I have read (I enjoyed his previous one's), and was so shocked by it I have for now decided to read less hard/grimm stuff. Read more
Published on March 28 2003 by ADB
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the book right up to the end
I really like this book, until the last two chapters. The ending just seemed to 'Scooby Doo-ish' for my taste. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2003
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