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A book by Greg Iles.

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Paintings Point to a Possible Serial Killer

  • Feb 3, 2010
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Having read Iles earlier work Spandou Phoenix, I was thinking that this would be the same type of tense thriller all the way up to the end.  Though this book is a fairly decent read, I was a little disappointed up front because the story is told in first person.  Usually, this ruins the suspense because you know that nothing too bad is going to happen to the narrator.  The second objection I had was that the narrator is supposed to be female, while the writer is male.  This in itself is usually a turn-off but the writer seemed to be able to pull off a somewhat convincing first person tale.


Jordan Glass, a political photographer happens into an exhibit of paintings in a Chinese art gallery entitled “The Sleeping Woman”  When Jordan notices one of the paintings bears an incredible resemblance to her kidnapped twin sister all sorts of alarm bells go off in her head.  She manages to contact the FBI agent that helped her with her sister’s investigation and they determine that all of the painting resemble woman that had gone missing.   Thus begins a search to unravel the mystery and locate the anonymous painter that created them and possibly locate the missing women in case any of them are alive.


The book plods along for about 230 pages and then picks up and moves to a fairly tense conclusion.  I had a few problems with the total lack of following proper police procedure and what the FBI allows a civilian to know and to participate in.  If not for the obvious problems I have mentioned I could have easily given this book five stars but as it is I give it just slightly under four.

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Greg Iles lives up to the promise of his previous bestseller, 24 Hours, with a new thriller that showcases his ability to deliver top-level suspense as well as multidimensional characterization. When Jordan Glass, a world-renowned photojournalist, happens on an exhibit of a series of paintings known as "The Sleeping Women," she is stunned to discover that one of the models--a nude who, like the other women in the paintings, looks dead rather than asleep--is her mirror image. But Jordan knows the face in the painting isn't her; it's her twin sister, Jane, who disappeared from her New Orleans home more than a year ago, and is presumed to have been murdered by a serial killer who's been snatching women off the streets of the Crescent City for at least that long. None of the bodies of the missing women have turned up, but their faces match the models in the other Sleeping Women paintings. A veteran FBI agent named John Kaiser brings Jordan into the Bureau's hunt for the anonymous artist, who may also know something about the disappearance of Jordan's father in Vietnam almost 30 years before.

This is a taut, well-crafted thriller with a nice secondary love story that's woven into the action without slowing it down. Jordan is a fascinating, many-sided character who's a little too tough to be wholly believable, but that's a minor quibble. While winning well-deserved new fans for Iles, Dead Sleep will keep his readers awake until the very last page. --Jane

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