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Praying for sleep
Deaver, Jeffery.
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New York : Signet, [1994]

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431 pages ; 18 cm
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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 .

Author Notes

Jeffery Deaver was born on May 6, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. He received a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. Before attending law school, he worked as a business writer. After law school, he worked for a Wall Street law firm practicing corporate law. In 1990, he decided to stop practicing law and become a full-time writer.

His first novel was a horror story entitled Voodoo. He is the author of more than 25 novels and has written some of those stories under the pseudonym William Jeffries. He writes the Lincoln Rhyme series and the Kathryn Dance series. A Maiden's Grave was adapted into a film by HBO called Dead Silence and The Bone Collector was adapted into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He received the Steel Dagger and Short Story Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association, the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the Year three times, and the British Thumping Good Read Award.

(Bowker Author Biography) Jeffery Deaver, the author of eighteen other novels of suspense, has been nominated for three Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America & 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 & Virginia.

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Booklist Review

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. (Reviewed Nov. 15, 1993)0670854328Ray Olson

Publisher's Weekly Review

This engrossing thriller depicts the hunt for a 300-pound schizophrenic murderer who escaped from a New England asylum. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.