Praying for Sleep

Praying for Sleep

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by Jeffery Deaver
     
 

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Lis Acheson just found out there's a killer on the loose. And not just any killer. He knows Lis's name. He knows her face. He knows where she lives...And in the next 24 hours, he knows what she'll be doing: Praying...for mercy.  See more details below

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Lis Acheson just found out there's a killer on the loose. And not just any killer. He knows Lis's name. He knows her face. He knows where she lives...And in the next 24 hours, he knows what she'll be doing: Praying...for mercy.

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.
From the Publisher
“Scary, smart, and compulsively readable.”—Stephen King

“Superior…nightmarish…twists, turns, and harrowing suspense.”—James Patterson

“Delivers a nerve-snapping climax that will keep you huddled in your chair.”—Robert Crais

“Total terror has its day…harrowing…undeniably throat lutching.”—Kirkus Reviews

“An entertaining thriller…palpable suspense and a clever surprise ending.”—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670854325
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
02/23/1994
Product dimensions:
9.22(w) x 6.38(h) x 1.40(d)

What People are saying about this

Stephen King
Compulsively readable.
Robert Crais
Delivers a nerve-snapping climax that will keep you huddled in your chair.
From the Publisher
"Scary, smart, and compulsively readable."—Stephen King

"An entertaining thriller...palpable suspense."—Publishers Weekly

"Nightmarish...harrowing suspense."—James Paterson

"Undeniably throat-clutching."—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Jeffery Deaver is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels, including The Bone Collector and A Maiden's Grave. He has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America and is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers Award for Best Short Story of the Year.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Washington, D.C.
Date of Birth:
May 6, 1950
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Education:
B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law
Website:
http://www.jefferydeaver.com/

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