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Are you in control of your dreams when you're asleep—or can someone control you? USA Today bestselling author Charles Wilson explores the science of this premise in his latest thriller.

The South Louisiana Sleep Disorders Institute promises to let you live out your dreams in your sleep—to experience them so strongly that afterwards you won't be able to tell the difference between them and real memories. The Institute Director claims to use these lucid dreams only as therapy for ...

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Overview

Are you in control of your dreams when you're asleep—or can someone control you? USA Today bestselling author Charles Wilson explores the science of this premise in his latest thriller.

The South Louisiana Sleep Disorders Institute promises to let you live out your dreams in your sleep—to experience them so strongly that afterwards you won't be able to tell the difference between them and real memories. The Institute Director claims to use these lucid dreams only as therapy for her clients. But when one of the clinic's clients and two others are murdered, Detective Mark French finds that the institute also has more sinister purposes.

About the Author:
Nationally bestselling author Charles Wilson has become known for the edge?of?your?seat tension and fast?paced action in his novels. He is the author of seven thrillers for St. Martin's Press, and eleven thrillers total. He lives in Pearl, Mississippi.

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Using the dark and secretive bayous of Louisiana as a backdrop, bestselling author Charles Wilson (Game Plan, Extinct, Embryo, and Donor) spins a tale of mind control and murder in his taut new thriller, Deep Sleep.

After moving to a small parish just outside New Orleans to become the chief deputy, Detective Mark French feels he might slowly be recovering from the nightmares that have been haunting him. Five years ago, a mistake he made during a hostage situation resulted in the deaths of three innocent people. Guilt-ridden, he hopes that law enforcement in a more rural setting will help him get rid of the last of his demons. But there is something sinister and deadly lurking in the parish, and he is drawn into a web of dark magic, deception, and murder shortly after he arrives.

The parish is also the home of the South Louisiana Sleep Disorders Institute. Directed by psychoanalyst Dr. Shasha Dominique, the institute offers clients the ability to live out their fantasies while they sleep -- to experience them so strongly that they can’t tell the difference between the fantasies and real memories. Dr. Dominique claims that these lucid dreams are used only as a form of therapy -- a harmless way to help people experience their fantasies and defeat their nightmares. But there may be more to the Sleep Institute and its director than meets the eye.

When Mark French is called to the institute to investigate the death of a young female client, the case seems pretty cut-and-dried. The evidence strongly points to another client, Henry Womack. He came to the institute to live out his fantasies of domination, and his fingerprints are clearly imprinted on the woman’s neck. But questions arise when only hours later the police discover the bodies of the elderly parents of a deformed hermit who lives in the swamps. Is it possible that the hermit could be responsible for the murders?

With the help of psychologist Kelly Dalton and his fellow police officers, Mark begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding the murders as his suspicions center more and more around the institute and its unorthodox services. He must uncover whether the institute is a legitimate facility whose mission is to help people or a place where hypnotism and mind control are used for much more devious purposes.

With Deep Sleep, Charles Wilson deftly brings the atmospheric beauty and dark magic of the bayous of southern Louisiana to life and crafts a stunning thriller filled with suspense and intrigue worthy of Dean Koontz.

--Karen Lovell

Los Angeles Times
Wilson is a wizard plotter.
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Murder, migraines and mambos mix messily in this latest from veteran thriller writer Wilson (Extinct; Direct Descendant). At the South Louisiana Sleep Disorders Institute, a young woman lies strangled while obese accountant Henry Womack, another patient, has disappeared into the bayou. Nearby, the parents of a celebrated local freak named Boudron are found butchered, and Boudron is discovered hiding behind a screen of voodoo amulets. Enter Mark French, a deputy just back on duty after a three-year hiatus following his botched attempt to rescue three hostages from a crazed gunman in New Orleans. Spooked by offers of help from the blatantly sinister institute head, Shasha Dominique, a secret voodoo priestess, Mark and his colleagues vacillate between fingering the one-armed Boudron and the plainly zombified Womack. But when Womack and Boudron both turn up dead, it's clear that the bad guys are still on the prowl, even with a surfeit of good guys trying to apprehend them--including Mark's love interest, forensic psychologist Kelly Dalton. Someone is evidently manipulating the institute's so-called "lucid dreaming" technique to persuade innocents to carry out crimes through hypnotic suggestion. To the author's credit, there are one or two unforeseen twists to the otherwise humdrum plot. By the time its dastardly dynamic is exposed, however, most readers will long since have lost interest. Cut-up paragraphs and touristy descriptions of voodoo practices litter the pages without much pattern, and the prose ranges from wooden to downright leaden. (Feb. 16) Forecast: A routine offering should translate into routine hardcover numbers; the inevitable mass market edition should fare better. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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"With his taut tales and fast words, Charles Wilson will be around for a long time."— John Grisham

"Wilson is a wizard plotter." —Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312266967
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2001

    A Disappointment

    Maybe it's just me....but I could not get into this book, much less give it anything like the glowing reviews I see here. Mr. Wilson introduces a staggering array of characters and settings right off the bat, which is confusing. He never seems to use fifteen words for a sentence when he can use forty. The premise for this story is fascinating, but the manner of telling it is a turnoff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2001

    An exceptional novel of suspense and mystery.

    Charles Wilson has the knack for merging genres of fiction into imaginative tales that excite, entice and entertain. In his latest, DEEP SLEEP, there is a mixing of mystery and thriller into a tension filled novel set in the Deep South that the author so vividly brings to life. Detective Mark French is called in to investigate a most bizarre murder at the South Louisiana Sleep Disorders Institute. It appears that one guest has murdered another, but the lack of motive is complicated by the involvement of Boudron, an 'unfortunate' who lives in the nearby swamp where he hides his birth-defect, deformity-ridden body from the public at large. And what exactly is the staff and director of the Sleep Institute hiding from the police? The plot, like a good jambalaya, has a plethora of elements that only enhance by their coming together. Science, psychology, herbal medicine and even Voodoo become essential ingredients in this tasty novel. <P>The resolution of the crime(s) is not merely a matter of serendipity. Wilson lays out a wonderful trail of logic that effectively shows how the resolution of the many mysteries comes about, in a highly suspenseful manner. As an added bonus, the last few pages leaves the reader with enough of a question in the air to wonder whether logic and science is enough to provide the answers needed. A highly recommended novel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    Now You Know Why He's the Master of Plotting.

    Charles Wilson is back -- back with a moody, atmospheric thriller that tops even his own stunning volume of work. I'll say that this is Wilson at his best, but the next book will prove me wrong. One thing you can count on with this author: he just keeps on getting better and more inventive. DEEP SLEEP is an especially pleasurable treat for too many reasons to delve into now, but one of the main reasons is Wilson's choice of location. If you have never even thought about the deep swamps of Louisiana, you're about to learn something. You may even come out with a hunger to experience this unique landscape and its people. Detective Mark French left the big city with tragedy in his past and shadows in his mind. Hiding away from the world didn't include a gruesome series of murders in this small town. Nevertheless, it's his job to find the killer or killers. Complications come on thick and heavy. French's investigation centers on the sleep research clinic on the outskirts of town -- an institute with many powerful supporters. Something human or...haunts the bayou and may be involved. And, a new love has entered his life, giving him one more life to protect. Wilson's plot is, as always, unique and and irresistible. You may well want to read straight through without interruptions. See if you can save a quality chunk of time for DEEP SLEEP...

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Taut thriller

    The South Louisiana Sleep Disorders Institute is located near the famous bayous. It is not your typical sleep disorder clinic. Instead, the place caters to customers desiring to live out their fantasies in a dream state. Though weird by local standards, the clinic had no incidents until the night three people died there. The owner, psychologist Dr. Sasha Dominique, has her own history as she once turned in her mother and brother for murdering her uncle. <P>The strangled body of patient Massey Rivet was found near the water while another client Mr. Womack vanished leaving everything he owned behind except his car. The latter¿s fingerprints seem o match those found on the victim¿s neck. Two more corpses are found whose deaths are attributed to Womack. Only Detective Mark French keeps an open mind, as he investigates what appears is an open and shut case with such an obvious suspect on the lam. <P>Charles Wilson has written an exciting novel that will send readers seeking the help of sleep clinics, as the audience will finish the book in one sitting. DEEP SLEEP gradually builds up the tension to the point that anticipating fans will need (with a capital N) to know what happens next. The mystery is well thought out showing what one sees in a mirror is not often a true reflection of reality. For anyone who prefers a taut thriller with a shocking climax, this is the book to read. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2000

    Up All Night Reading Deep Sleep

    Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark French used to be a detective with the New Orleans Police Department. That is until three people died because of his error in judgment. He's trying law enforcement again, hoping to eradicate the memories and the migraines. When he is summoned to a remote sleep disorder clinic to investigate a murder, he finds a lot more than just a simple homicide. First, this is no ordinary clinic. It people their wildest fantasies, in dreams. The clinic's director, Dr. Sasha Dominique, is infamous herself, drawing more attention to her clinic. The victim of the murder is a young woman who was there to live out fantasies of her dead lover. <br> <br> Almost as soon as Mark begins his investigation, two other murders crop up to muddy the waters. The murders of the parents of a crippled hermit change the dynamic, and make Mark realize he has to look at a broader picture. The picture couldn't be harder to see. Everyone has something to hide, and it's almost too late by the time Mark realizes he's been closer than he realized to the answer all along. Then, just as he's closing in on the killer, he loses control of his own thoughts. It is going to take all his strength and courage to prevail against those who would control, not only the body, but also the mind. <br> <br> Charles Wilson's imagination soars again, in his latest thriller from St. Martins Press, Deep Sleep. This consuming novel ventures into one of the most mysterious arenas of the human mind, dreams. Deep Sleep will keep you up all night and on the edge of your seat, with its driving action and suspense. Another superbly crafted book from a master, Mr. Charles Wilson.

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