“This man writes the way de Sica filmed. His prose is vivid without being showy, witty without being self-satisfied, economical without being minimalist. The camera disappears.” The Philadelphia Inquirer
978-0-8021-4016-6 • $13.00 • Paperback • Apr. 2003
Soon to be a motion picture, the wonderful novel for which the Chicago Tribune praised Madison Smartt Bell as “an inspired and savvy postmodernist”
Madison Smartt Bell is one of the most versatile and gifted authors of his generation, a literary stylist with few peers. Doctor Sleep, one of his best novels, is a taut and satisfying psychological thriller that is soon to be a major motion picture.
Adrian Strother is a hypnotherapist who, paradoxically, can’t get to sleep. He plies his trade in a depressed section of London, doing the occasional job for Scotland Yard, which brings him into contact with an unsavory drug trafficker. As little girls become the target of a serial killer, Adrian treads the line between tortured wakefulness and surreal sleep, and the gifts of his insomnia are called upon to unlock the secrets of a man who believes he has discovered the key to immortality. Part spiritual pilgrimage, part thriller, Doctor Sleep is witty, menacing, and deeply satisfying, a bravura performance by one of today’s finest writers.