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Narcolepsy and Mystery: A review

26 Jan


As I’m sure I mentioned in my review for Already Dead, I love a good pulp story and a classic noir tale. I especially love it when someone does something new within that genre and that is exactly what I got with The Little Sleep by Paul Tremblay.
We are treated to the first and perhaps only narcoleptic private detective, a certain Mark Genevich. Narcolepsy which I admit is a disorder I know little about, effect Mark in many more ways than just having him fall asleep at inconvenient moments. He is also prone to hallucinations and a few waking dreams, which leads him to taking a case from a woman who whose finger tips have been stolen. When he wakes up there is a folder on his desk with money and revealing pictures of the woman he dreamed of. Making him ask the questions of who hired him and what was he hired to do.
This book is marvelous. Well written and fast paced with a case that is entrenched in a deadly intrigue involving a certain Distract Attorney and a hero that is constantly hitting the barrier of not knowing whether something is in his head or actually in the world around him.
I have to make this disclaimer if you want a straight narrative and a reliable narrator this book is not for you. If you want to be taken on a ride through a gritty and corrupt world while falling in and out of hallucinations, you can do no better than this book.

The Little Sleep                                                                                                                                                                 by Paul Tremblay                                                                                                                                                           ISBN-13: 978-0805088496                                                                                                                          http://www.paultremblay.net/

 

 

 
3 Comments

Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Fiction

 

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3 responses to “Narcolepsy and Mystery: A review

  1. simonreadbooks

    January 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Sounds like it’s worth checking out . . . thanks for the recommendation!

     
  2. theotherwatson

    January 27, 2012 at 4:45 am

    This book sounds interesting, will have to look into it!

     
  3. derekberry

    January 28, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I read this about a year ago. Very fast paced. An interesting quick read if you’re riding a train for a few hours or waiting somewhere or just want to read a story quickly.

     

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