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War photographer Jordan Glass is shocked to see a painting of her identical twin sister in a Hong Kong art gallery. Because her sister vanished a year ago, one of a series of women who were apparently victims of a serial killer who the police never caught. With the help of the FBI Jordan sets out to track down the painter and find out what happened to her sister - even though this means putting her own life in danger.
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The review of this Book prepared by Stephen Coombs

Jordan Glass is a single 40-yr old photojournalist whose job has taken her all over the world. Her twin sister has recently disappeared and Jordan goes to great lengths to find her with the help of the FBI. As a whole the book is suspenseful although the writing is repetitive at times and the ending is cliche.
The review of this Book prepared by Jim Warren

In "Dead Sleep," a photojournalist has frequent flashbacks to the atrocities she's witnessed Capsule review: book starts off very strong, ends with a whimper, resorting to the old multiple-personality-disorder-serial-killer saw in conjunction with the old identical-twin-used-as-bait-and-becomes-center-of-FBI-investigation-but-is-captured-by-the-killer-for-the-big-showdown trope. Plus, I figured out the 'horrifying' core conundrum of the 'Sleeping Woman". I'm sorry, but this author ripped it off (and american-movie-worthy-thrillerized it) wholesale from a wonderful short story by Kawabata entitled 'Sleeping Beauties' and well worth a read.
The review of this Book prepared by HF

Putnam, Jul 2001, 19.95, 352 pp.
ISBN: 0399147357

    Thirteen months ago, Jordan Glass's twin sister Jane vanishes in New Orleans and is probably dead. Though Jordan subsequently wins a Pulitzer like her deceased father did in Cambodia, she feels empty. Her agent and her friends insist she take a vacation so Jordan complies, but arranges a book deal because she knows she would feel naked without a camera.

    Jordan travels to Hong Kong and at the urging of a friend, visits the Hong Kong Museum of Art where everyone acts strange towards her. She learns why when she sees the exhibition of “Nude Women in Repose” by an anonymous artist, whom the Asian art world believes paints dead models. One picture looks identical to her; thus Jordan knows that the “model” is Jane. Jordan informs the FBI Investigative Support Unit and heads to New York to confront the unknown artist's agent Jonathan Wingate. Soon she finds herself as the bait in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the FBI on one hand and one or two unknown subjects kidnapping, killing, and painting New Orleans women.

    DEAD SLEEP is an exciting suspense thriller that hooks the reader the moment Jordan steps into the museum and never slows down for a paragraph. Jordan is a fabulous lead character struggling between her fears and her needs to find the culprit(s). The story line is exhilarating as Jordan, the perp(s), and two Feds (the return of Baxter and Lenz from MORTAL FEAR) make Greg Iles latest tale a sure shot for most short lists for thriller of the year.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 25%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 25%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Deep South Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia City?    -   Yes City:    -   New Orleans

Writing Style

Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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