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Sleep No More Mass Market Paperback – May 6 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (May 6 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451208765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451208767
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews
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Going over old territory hot-and-bothered small-town Mississippi Iles tells the story of an obsessive love that seems literally to haunt John Waters. Waters has just encountered an enticing stranger who reveals something known only to his former flame, supposedly long dead. Dare we say that when the stranger is murdered, our protagonist finds himself in hot water?
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.


"A dazzling combination of guilt, obsessions and suspicion." - ST. Petersburg Times

"Erotic, shocking, pulse-racing." - The Clarion-Ledger

"This novel should come with a red wrapper marked DANGER: HIGH EXPLOSIVES." - Steven King

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wonderful writer of true crime - but this novel terrible. I will not buy a fiction work from him again. Other-wordly, incomprehensible. Would only interest "other world" audiences. sorry. Greg = love your other books.
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Format: Hardcover
I have really enjoyed several of Greg Iles' books in the past, especially Spandau Phoenix. Iles has stated that he enjoys trying out different genres. I can understand his desire to explore his creative boundaries, etc. However, now that he's tried this genre, he needs to leave it alone forever. The premise of this story is not without promise, but Iles mismanaged everything from the timing to the insultingly weak ending. I agree with another reviewer that this genre is handled much better by other writers such as Koontz and King.
John Waters is characterized as a happily married man, devoted to his wife and daughter, healthy, and in his prime. His wife has been psychologically traumatized by miscarriages. YEARS ago, she chose to forsake marital relations with her husband in response to this trauma. Yet, John Waters remains "happily married" and faithful. That premise alone was one of the most irritating things about this book for me. Why John loves his wife is a complete mystery to me. She is a thoroughly despicable person. I kept waiting for her to redeem herself in some way which never happened. When the time comes to sacrifice an completely innocent person to preserve her lifestyle, she doesn't seem to have any qualms. So when Miss I-Wanna-Have-Sex-With-You enters John's life, it's difficult to become morally indignant that a "happily married" man would full immerse himself fully in carnal indulgence and infidelity. And it's also hard to care what happens to any of the characters.
Anyway, I'm sorry I can't recommend this book on any basis, but that won't keep me from looking forward to Mr. Iles' future books.
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To enjoy this book, you first need to know what you're reading. Unlike the other books by Greg Iles, this is a supernatural thriller in the vein of Dean Koontz or perhaps the less monster-filled books of Stephen King. The plot isn't overtly original; a man's dead ex-girlfriend has come back to "haunt" him by possessing other people's bodies, causing all sorts of problems, as you can imagine. But Iles has taken a rather contrived plot and made it very readable, keeping the suspense level high and the action at a nearly non-stop pace. I found myself unable to put this book down, and that rarely happens with me these days. I read the entire book in two days and was sad when it ended. My wife reacted the same way, and she and I both read voraciously and go through half a dozen books every month while rarely finding one that grabs us like Sleep No More did.
I'll repeat, this wouldn't qualify as great literature. It's escapist fiction, but it's damn good for what it is. Take it on a plane, read it on the beach, use it to kill a few hours and you won't be disappointed.
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I'm a Greg Iles fan. However, this book was not plausible, as most of his works are. After Dead Sleep, I'm sure Iles was drawn to the topic of multiplicity within one person - what if it were possible that the will to live could keep the spirit alive forever? Living forever is an underlying thought in The Footprints of God, the book that immediately follows this one in his writing career. I've reviewed both.
Eve Sumner is exotic, and she draws John Waters into an erotic journey that takes him into his own past. John is haunted by Eve's similarity to Mallory Candler. It shows in Eve's speech, the way she walks, her self-inflicted scars, and her intimate knowledge of John and Mallory's passionate romance during their college years. Eve is Mallory, but Mallory is dead.
John goes quickly from disbelieving Eve and Mallory are one, to a man possessed by the immortal Mallory. Mallory had tried to kill John when she was alive, now she is back - but it isn't his death she wants, he is the object of her obsession. John's marriage is in trouble, and it was the lack of intimacy that made him vulnerable to Eve's sexy machinations. Now he is trapped, and Mallory is a killer who will go from body to body to get what she wants.
In my opinion, soul transference is a delightfully thought reviving subject. It can evoke provocative philosophical discussions. I enjoyed reading this book, but wouldn't do so again or go to a theater to see an adaptation of it.
Far superior books are Dead Sleep and 24 Hours, and I hope Iles returns to plausible plots. His characters, as always, are rich and deep, and he weaves the story well with them.
Victoria Tarrani
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Format: Hardcover
Yes, I'm afraid it's true. Iles has resorted to the cheap writer's trick of the "supernatural" to spice things up. Whose idea was this-some agent's? Like the cheesy soap operas of the eighties, Iles inserts the "soul transference" stunt somewhat akin to the old "evil twin sister" or "it was all a dream." About halfway through the book. I kept thinking, "No, he wouldn't resort to this, he's got to have some clever explanation as to why living persons know so much about dead people's lives." Nope, nothing clever, just pulp fiction in a kind of middle school creative writing class kind of way. Nothing makes me slam a book shut faster than magic, werewolves, witches, ghosts, voodoo, reincarnation, mysticism, and other such claptrap. Surely, "soul transference" must be added to the list. This is how I tell the good Koontz books from the bad ones. Pure science fiction is fine. Totally "whack" stories can be good too. What is almost never acceptable is some kind of supernatural gimmick "stuck" in the middle of what could be a good tale. The hard steel of reality is what gives good stories their cutting edge.
I am a big Greg Iles fan and have read all of his books. I hope this was a one time anomaly. In recent years, some big time authors have gotten away from their strength and they haven't been able to get it back. The supernatural is a crutch that Iles doesn't need.
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