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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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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Lincoln Rhyme novels comes a twisty psychological thriller packed into a terrifying 24 hours...

When paranoid schizophrenic killer Michael Hrubek escapes from an institution, there's no doubt of where he's headed: to find the woman who put him away and to finally get his revenge.

Lis Atcheson knows he's out there--the man who killed two of her students. He's haunted every sleepless night ever since she testified against him. Now the nightmares are coming true. He's watching... and waiting... and he's going to take Lis to hell with him.

With a massive storm coming--in more ways than one--Lis can barely prepare for the dark cloud that approaches, threatening to take everything away from her in one horrifying sweep...

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

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.) (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.