Praying for Sleep

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Praying for revenge...Psycho killer Michael Hrubek has escaped to find the woman who put him away. He'll show her what killing is all about...Praying for salvation...Lis knows he's out there. He's haunted every sleepless night, watching and waiting to take her to hell with him...And now Lis is Praying for Sleep.

A powerful breakout novel of suspense in the tradition of James Petterson's Along Came a Spider. Taking place in one storm-swept night, this richly ...

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Overview

Praying for revenge...Psycho killer Michael Hrubek has escaped to find the woman who put him away. He'll show her what killing is all about...Praying for salvation...Lis knows he's out there. He's haunted every sleepless night, watching and waiting to take her to hell with him...And now Lis is Praying for Sleep.

A powerful breakout novel of suspense in the tradition of James Petterson's Along Came a Spider. Taking place in one storm-swept night, this richly atmospheric novel plunges the reader into a nightmare world of an escaped psychopath determined to track down the woman who helped put him away. "A hayburner of a haunting story and a page-turning thriller."--Gregory McDonald, author of the Fletch series. Ad in People magazine (Top 10 Edition).

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Editorial Reviews

Stephen King
Compulsively readable.
James Patterson
A nightmarish 24 hours [of] harrowing suspense.
Robert Crais
Delivers a nerve-snapping climax that will keep you huddled in your chair.
San Jose Mercury News
There is no thriller writer today like Jeffery Deaver.
People
A master of ticking-bomb suspense.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Deaver writes...thrillers that would challenge even the most enthusiastic roller-coaster rider.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While flash floods sweep New England, escaped schizophrenic Michael Hrubek leads pursuers on a perilous chase as he seeks to confront Lisbonne Atcheson, whose testimony clinched his conviction as the Indian Leap State Park murderer. The premise is hackneyed, the plot somewhat formulaic, but Deaver's ( Hard News ) knack for pacing and misdirection enliven this entertaining thriller. At the center of the drama is the complex Hrubek, a terrifying figure with problems big enough to match his 300-pound frame. At times he recognizes and is painfully frustrated by his tenuous grip on reality; at others, he is racked with guilt over having assassinated President Lincoln. On Hrubek's trail are his therapist, Dr. Richard Kohler; professional tracker Trenton Heck and his prize bloodhound Emil; the police; and Lisbonne's attorney husband Owen, a seasoned hunter and combat veteran. What really happened at Indian Leap is revealed in a climax that brings everyone together at Lisbonne's newly inherited estate in remote, storm-battered Ridgeton. Although Deaver's prose is sometimes careless, his characters are colorful and believable, and his careful plotting delivers palpable suspense and a clever surprise ending. 50,000 first printing; $75,000 ad/promo; paperback to Signet; Literary Guild selection. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Deaver has published both general fiction and, under a pseudonym, some Edgar Award-winning mysteries, but the publisher sees this book as his breakout title. The antihero is a 28-year-old man who escapes from a hospital for the criminally insane. The 75,000-copy first printing speaks volumes.
Ray Olson
Big, bearish Michael Hrubek springs himself from the funny farm by replacing a dead inmate's corpse with his own in the hospital's reusable body bag. That's cause for considerable alarm on the part of Lis Atcheson, who fingered Michael for the murder and rape that sent him downriver in the first place. Semicompetent hospital head Dr. Adler wants to make Michael's escape as hush-hush as possible, though, so he just hires an out-of-work cop to tail the loony. Not that Lis' husband isn't also on Michael's trail, likewise Michael's shrink, who's convinced Michael's really harmless. Thinking that he's John Wilkes Booth in search of Dr. Mudd after assassinating Lincoln, Michael's certainly balmy enough, but he holds no candle to such of his obvious forebears as Norman Bates in "Psycho II" in terms of menace. And menace is what Deaver's tepid exercise needs--bad! Viking's hefty first printing indicates someone there thinks this thing'll fly, and the publisher will probably prod strong initial sales. Fans of the psycho-thriller are advised to wait for Thomas Harris' promised third Hannibal Lecter opus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451203052
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 379,897
  • Product dimensions: 4.48 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffery  Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen suspense novels, including The Blue Nowhere and The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He has been nominated for three Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America and is a two-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers Award for Best Short Story of the Year. A lawyer who quit practicing to write full-time, he lives in California and Virginia.

Biography

Born just outside Chicago in 1950 to an advertising copywriter father and stay-at-home mom, Jeffery Deaver was a writer from the start, penning his first book (a brief tome just two chapters in length) at age 11. He went on to edit his high school literary magazine and serve on the staff of the school newspaper, chasing the dream of becoming a crack reporter.

Upon earning his B.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri, Deaver realized that he lacked the necessary background to become a legal correspondent for the high-profile publications he aspired to, such as The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, so he enrolled at Fordham Law School. Being a legal eagle soon grew on Deaver, and rather than continue on as a reporter, he took a job as a corporate lawyer at a top Wall Street firm. Deaver's detour from the writing life wasn't to last, however; ironically, it was his substantial commute to the law office that touched off his third -- and current -- career. He'd fill the long hours on the train scribbling his own renditions of the kind of fiction he enjoyed reading most: suspense.

Voodoo, a supernatural thriller, and Always a Thief, an art-theft caper, were Deaver's first published novels. Produced by the now-defunct Paperjacks paperback original house, the books are no longer in print, but they remain hot items on the collector circuit. His first major outing was the Rune series, which followed the adventures of an aspiring female filmmaker in the power trilogy Manhattan Is My Beat (1988), Death of a Blue Movie Star (1990), and Hard News (1991).

Deaver's next series, this one featuring the adventures of ace movie location scout John Pellam, featured the thrillers Shallow Graves (1992), Bloody River Blues (1993), and Hell's Kitchen (2001). Written under the pen name William Jefferies, the series stands out in Deaver's body of work, primarily because it touched off his talent for focusing more on his vivid characters than on their perilous situations.

In fact, it is his series featuring the intrepid and beloved team of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs that showcases Deaver at the top of his game. Confronting enormous odds (and always under somewhat gruesome circumstances), the embittered detective and his feisty partner and love interest made their debut in 1991's grisly caper The Bone Collector, and hooked fans for four more books: The Coffin Dancer (1998), The Empty Chair (2000), The Stone Monkey (2002), and The Vanishing Man(2003). Of the series, Kirkus Reviews observed, "Deaver marries forensic work that would do Patricia Cornwell proud to turbocharged plots that put Benzedrine to shame."

On the creation of Rhyme, who happens to be a paraplegic, Deaver explained to Shots magazine, "I wanted to create a Sherlock Holmes-ian kind of character that uses his mind rather than his body. He solves crimes by thinking about the crimes, rather than someone who can shoot straight, run faster, or walk into the bar and trick people into giving away the clues."

As for his reputation for conjuring up some of the most unsavory scenes in pop crime fiction, Deaver admits on his web site, "In general, I think, less is more, and that if a reader stops reading because a book is too icky then I've failed in my obligation to the readers."

Good To Know

Deaver revises his manuscripts "at least 20 or 30 times" before his publishers get to even see a version.

Two of his books have been made into major feature films. The first was A Maiden's Grave (the film adaptation was called Dead Silence), which starred James Garner and Marlee Matlin. The Bone Collector came next, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

In addition to being a bestselling novelist, Deaver has also been a folksinger, songwriter, music researcher, and professional poet.

Deaver's younger sister, Julie Reece Deaver, is a fellow author who writes novels for young adults.

In our interview with Deaver, he reveals, "My inspiration for writing is the reader. I want to give readers whatever will excite and please them. It's absolutely vital in this business for authors to know their audience and to write with them in mind."

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Jefferies, Jeffery Wilds Deaver
    2. Hometown:
      Washington, D.C.
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 6, 1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Absolutely Wonderful;

    Jeffery Deaver is a master at suspense and will keep you on the edge of your seat from page 1.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Wonderful!!!!

    Excellent story, suspenseful plot, unexpected ending! FABULOUS!!!!!

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Good Read

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept me turning the pages, not wanting to put it down.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Jeff Deaver a Bore

    This book was a bore throughout but did have a good ending. You just have to struggle for a while.

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

    This was my first Jeffrey Deaver.

    I bought this book years ago through a book club. It made me a lifetime fan of Jeffrey Deaver. The ending was a total shock. I am still telling people about this book today. I actually kept it all these years and read it occasionally even though I know the surprise ending. My husband does not like to read. He likes audio books. If I can not find the audio for him then I will actually read the book to him. I do not want him to miss the pleasure of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2008

    Oh boy!

    This book took 292 pages to awaken me from a stupor. I was totally bored with this non stop drab, nothing happened that even made me raise my eyebrows until around page 300. I was a bit shocked that Deaver wrote this book. It lacked everything that makes his Rhyme novels so good. It offered nothing of interest. You just keep reading hoping for something to happen to spark some interest but nothing does. I usually just fly right through his books they are so good but this just never took off for me. I love how he writes his Lincoln Rhyme books and a few of his other stand alones were top notch so I gave this a 3 but it is really deserving of a 2. You will not be praying for sleep when you read this book, in fact you will have no trouble sleeping - a perfect cure for a bout of insomnia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    Deaver still at the top of his game

    I just read that this book was a sleeper. You people are right, how can this book be put on the shelf at Deaver's home than on the bookshelves in Barnes and Noble. It did get a little monotonous for a coupl pages, where all they day was chase after the guy, but the plot line was basic and Mr. Deaver streched it out over 400 pages and did not let the reader down. The character developments are great in this book and the reader really gets inside the head of Michael Hrubeck and Lis and Owen Attechson. You begin to feel close to them, feel sorrow for them and then hate towards Owen. The endings is one of the best I have ever read in any book and it actually made me gasp and that does not usually happen when I am reading a book. The letter that confused and baffled people through the whole came together in the end and closed the book off. Mr. Deaver never lets the reader down in any of his books and this one is no exception. PRAYING FOR SLEEP is one of the best psychological thrillers around, and it was hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2004

    Praying for the book to get Going!

    I read half of the book, and Nothing was happening! They kept chasing the crazy guy, that escaped the mental institution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2003

    Pretty Good

    This was a really good book. It was very suspenseful and the ending was unbelievable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2002

    One of his best

    This is a sleeper - where has it been? It's hard to imagine that Mr. Deaver wrote this prior to his other now famous blockbusters. In my opinion this one is at the top of his list. Deaver has a knack for keeping you anticipated and excited through the entire novel. Give us more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2001

    Best Book I have ever read

    This is the best book I have ever read, I can read it again and again. The ending is the best I have ever read. Jeffery Deaver is my Favourite author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2001

    24 hours of cliff hanging suspence

    A great read...kept me on the edge from beginning to end. The New England storm added the perfect touch of environmental gloom to twenty four hours of undeniable dread. Each character was engrossing in his/her own right.

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