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An omnibus edition Paul Tremblay’s debut novels - The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland - marking the novels first UK publication. Darkly comedic and carrying all the hallmarks of Tremblay’s later work, they introduce Mark Genevich, a narcoleptic detective operating out of his mom’s apartment in South Boston.
In THE LITTLE SLEEP, Genevich is hired by a reality TV star, also the DA’s daughter, for a simple job – to identify a girl in a photo. Except she is the girl in the photo, and he doesn’t really remember meeting her. Wrangling deception, intrigue, cataleptic hallucinations and a body that could fall asleep at any moment, Genevich follows the trail into his own family history, and his departed father’s legacy.
NO SLEEP TILL WONDERLAND sees Genevich dropping out, forced into group therapy by his landlord mother or face eviction. He’s working a case, finding a local suit’s lover, and getting to know his new friend, Gus. But soon Genevich is pulled into events over his head – rescuing a child from a burning house, maybe?; drug deals with a local bouncer and dealer; possibly getting a girlfriend. But solving mysteries is what Genevich does, starting with the mystery of what happened to him whilst he was asleep…
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“Rejoice, Chandler fans. The Little Sleep is as bitingly sardonic as it is hardboiled. Like Jonathan Lethem in Motherless Brooklyn, Paul Tremblay slices, dices and spins the neo-noir in his own strange way and delivers a fast, smart, and completely satisfying read.”
“I picked up The Little Sleep, planning to just read a few pages, knowing full well I didn’t have time to dip into it. Several hours later I was closing the book with a satisfied grin. The best thing I can say about this is the classic ‘I couldn’t put it down’ and mean it. It’s original and different, and yet somehow good kin folk to what has gone before in the tradition of Raymond Chandler.”
Joe R. Lansdale
“The fact that Mark can’t trust his own perceptions gives The Little Sleep an edge of existential crisis…It’s a terrific plot device, especially in a first-person mystery…The Little Sleep offers up an interesting gloss on the detective genre, in which the deepest and most profound mystery has less to do with any crime per se than with the enduring enigma of self.”
Los Angeles Times