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Dead Sleep (Mississippi #3)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  5,763 ratings  ·  359 reviews
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 ...more
Unknown Binding, 452 pages
Published June 20th 2002 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 2001)
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James Thane
While in Hong Kong, photojournalist Jordan Glass wanders into an exhibit of paintings called "The Sleeping Women," and is unable to imagine why her presence is causing such a stir among the patrons and staff of the museum. The paintings alone are unsettling, because it appears to her trained eye that the women are not merely sleeping but are, in fact, dead. And then Jordan gets the shock of her life when she sees her own mirror image staring lifelessly back at her from one of the paintings.

Greg Iles has spoiled me with Mortal Fear.

Every novel I read by him now has the unenviable task of having to measure up to what I consider his best work. Regardless of whether it stands up in the face of this scrutiny, He can't seem to write a bad novel. He is as good if not better than any of the "masters of suspense" diluting the market today. Dead Sleep is a clever thriller in which
a world class photojournalist (a woman, written in the first person) who is haunted both by the disappearance o
I am in a bad financial place where I am stuck reading books from my (very small) local public library. I am only going to write one review but I have galloped through everything this library has by Greg Iles. Quintessential airplane reading, these fast-moving suspense novels always seem to feature nasty doctors (and a couple of good ones) getting up to nasty murderous doings in either Mississippi or Louisiana, Iles' home turf. The plots are INSANELY ludicrous....BUT Iles writes very very well i ...more
I wish I could give this one three and a half stars, because for me it only misses the four star mark by a small margin! Primarily because of its extremely contrived and silly stuff that follows the main resolution. Sorry, he just took it a step too far.

Still, the remainder of the novel has some really neat Hannibal Lectorish moments, some artsy fartsy characters, and enough suspects to confuse even the most careful reader.

The story begins when photographer Jordan Glass enters an art museum in
Others have already gone over the finer points of the story in their reviews, so I'll concentrate on the writing itself. Iles definitely knows how to create unique crimes and the characters who commit them - the methods and scenarios he utilized for the villain(s) of the piece were unlike any that I had read about before.

Iles' weakness, then, isn't in the overall story-telling in this case, but lies in the fact that at times, he telegraphs his punches too much - the foreshadowing used in some s
Cheryl Kusch
This is the third Iles book I have read. He is very quickly becoming a favourite of mine. His stories are action packed with the perfect amount of twists and turns to keep my attention without being too unrealistic.
The action is non stop, the characters have depth, and the mystery is top notch. The paintings and the possibility that the women may be dead haunted me just as the possibility did Jordan. The spooky vibe and the sexual tension between Jordan and FBI Agent John Kaiser keep the book operating on all cylinders. This is a great thriller and I look forward to reading more from Greg Iles.

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This was a smart, interesting, and well-played thriller. I picked it up for 99 cents at Goodwill while shopping for T-shirts for our craft program at the library, and it was definitely well spent!

Jordan Glass is a Pulitzer Prize-winning war photographer. She is also a twin whose world stopped 18 months ago when her identical sister Jane simply disappeared off the street one day. She's trying to get on with her life by working on a book, and has taken a field trip to China to shoot some photos. A
This mystery opens the door for a journey into a world that I have no first-hand knowledge so it is difficult for me to imagine how I would react in the world of photojournalist and identical twin Jordan Glass. But the author either has first-hand knowledge of these subjects or has spent hours of research as he seemed to convey without a hiccup in the flow of the story what would be my impression of a person in the midst of this type of experience. The hardest parts to read were the descriptions ...more
A thoroughly enjoyable thriller. As for learning anything - just confirmation of the same old fact; that mankind is capable of incredible cruelty, but also of great creativity. Iles main characters are well defined and empathic. Dead Sleep is very inventive and quite chilling in making you feel both the helplessness of its victims and the coldness of the killer's duality.
Gimana ya bilangnya... Seperti masalah novel terjemahan pada umumnya, yaitu terjemahan itu sendiri, si penerjemah menurut saya, kurang dapat membawa detil-detil pada novel ini sampai ke penalaran si pembaca, atau ya setidaknya saya seorang... Walau menurut saya kompleksnya isu di novel ini cukup bisa diacungi jempol.

Alhasil, dari hampir 600 halaman, saya baru bisa mendapatkan kegelisahan utk membacanya terus-menerus hanya pada 100 halaman terakhir. Sisanya di 500 halaman awal serasa hanya sebaga
Patrice Hoffman
I know there are so many things that can be talked about in this book but the ending for me was one of the best endings I've read in a long time. I enjoyed the ride it took to get to the end. I won't give anything away from the actual story or plot but... this author, Iles, has not disappointed me yet.
Jan Larkey
Dead Sleep by Greg Iles

A series of paintings of sleeping women are shaking the international art scene. Are they asleep or dead? The identical twin of one of the painted women who disappeared months ago seeks to find out who is painting these women? Is her sister alive or dead? Did her father, a famous war photographer die in Cambodia or leave her family for another? Her quests take her to New York, New Orleans, and the Orient.

While a well written and intriguing tale, Iles vivid descriptions of
Un thriller da cui mi aspettavo decisamente di piu'. Le ultime 100 pagine sono molto buone, cariche di tensione, ma che fatica leggere le prime 300!! La protagonista mi e' risultata un po' antipatica...
Janetta Longwell
I bought this book because I had read this author before and loved that book. The synopsis on the back sounded interesting and the first page made me think I would enjoy this one as much as the last. I did not. As per his usual, Greg Iles definitely delivered on the suspense. This guy knows how to get you on the edge of your seat. I really liked the main character, Jordan but there were several other characters and names to keep track of. I also enjoyed the interaction between Jordan and the det ...more
Cameron Wiggins
This is yet another good book by Greg Iles. It is not his best work, but, then it is very hard to top “24 Hours”, “True Evil” and “Blood Memory.” Many of Iles’ books take place in Natchez, Mississippi and involve lawyer, Penn Cage. This book is a departure from that being an FBI thriller that takes place in New Orleans.
In this book, a photographer during the Vietnam War takes a picture of an execution and is shot as he takes the picture. Years later, one of his twin daughters turns up missing an
Another thriller – in this, our heroine, Jordan Glass, is a burnt-out photojournalist whose twin sister vanished over a year ago from her home in New Orleans and is thought to have been the victim of serial killer. While in Hong Kong, Jordan stumbles across an exhibition of paintings, all of nude women, who may be sleeping but look more like they may be dead. And – one is an exact portrait of Jordan’s sister! (And therefore also of Jordan). Jordan immediately contact the FBI agents investigating ...more
I'm on the fence with this one. I would be happiest with 3.5 stars, because I have mixed feelings about the book. But let me elaborate a bit first, so I might reach a decision.

First, I give props to the author for using the somewhat atypical first-person narrative, from the viewpoint of a women who is not in the police force. (On a side note, Iles writes quite well from a female perspective, though he'd made his job easier by creating a female character with a male mindset. But I digress.)

So, th
Alasandra Alawine
Jordan Glass has followed in her Father's footsteps as a photojournalist. She still holds out hope that Jonathan Glass didn't die in Cambodia, and has spent her life looking for him.

Now her twin sister (Jane) is missing. Fearing the worst she has almost given up hope when she views a portrait of her sister in The Hong Kong Museum of Art. The exhibit is titled "Sleeping Women" but they look dead and they are all of women who disappeared from New Orleans. Contacting the FBI with her discovery she
Tracey Risebrow
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Wow, first book I’ve read by this author and I am now determined to find everything he has written. This was brilliant, the premise was unique and I was drawn in to the story immediately. Jordan is no innocent girl, she is 40 years old and has experienced the worst the world has to offer from her work as a war photojournalist. She is tough but also has a softer side hiding some secrets of her own. There was a love aspect but it was a very minimal part o
Dead Sleep made me do exactly what I didn't anticipate......I picked it up on Saurday evening and read straight through to Monday night.....To put it mildly, Greg Iles has written a book of taut tension which insists on being read NOW...until the end.

Mystery books are usually exciting. This one, of a serial killer functioning without being discovered over a long period of time.......and in several places....enabling us to watch the FBI, local police in new Orleans...artists of various stages of
Jordan Glass hat sich in ihrer Tätigkeit als Fotografin weltweit einen Namen gemacht, auch weil sie damit in die Fußstapfen ihres Vaters, eines berühmten Kriegsfotografen getreten ist. Nach ihren psychisch anspruchsvollen letzten Aufträgen und privaten Turbulenzen hat sie sich nun aber eine längere Auszeit genommen und arbeitet an einem persönlichen Bildband, für den sie rund um den Globus nach interessanten Motiven sucht. Ihre Reise führt sie dabei auch nach Hongkong, wo sie in ihrer Freizeit e ...more
I don't know why I don't actually read the books in my to-be-read list and read other stuff instead, but so it is. I saw this one on a 'help me find' list and it sounded interesting, so I went looking, checked out the ebook, and then had to read it because it would go back to the library.

The book is somewhere between a thriller and a cozy mystery. I loved the premise - I found the idea of a killer painting his victims unique, and was somewhat intrigued at the beginning by the legal ramifications
Michael Tuggle
I loved this book. Every now and then, Greg Iles will intertwine characters from one book into others. Jordan Glass, the main character of "Dead Sleep" is one of those and this story features a riveting plot you wont' be able to put down.

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Jordan Glass, a photojournalist on a well-earned vacation, wanders into a Hong Kong art museum and is puzzled to find fellow patrons eying her with curiosity. Minutes later, she stumbles upon a gallery containing a one-artist exhibition called "Th
This is my fist experience reading Greg Iles. Dead Sleep was recommended to me by a friend who also likes mystery and suspense novels. When I read the little blurb about the book I thought this was going to be quite the ride.

This book started off really strong. The scene at the beginning where Jordan looks up into a painting and connects with her own eyes was really well written. From that point I was hooked. Her struggle with whether or not her sister was still alive and a new determination to
Sara Barton
I'd like to be able to claim that I figured out the mystery of this tense psychological thriller, but the best I could do was come near to wrapping my fingers around the elusive threads of twisted history, violent urges,and convoluted motives. Every time I thought I could tie them together, they got away from me.

Beautiful women in repose, painted by a skilled hand...dead or alive? When the number of kidnapping victims grows in New Orleans, the FBI sets up a task force to work with local authorit
May 30, 2009 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller and "Who Done-it" fans.
I grabbed this book off my shelf on my way out the door to catch a flight to LA from Hong Kong. I'm glad I did. I hadn't read much of Greg Iles stuff but what I have consumed is quite good.

This story involves Jordan Glass, who, though a woman, is considered one of the pre-eminent war photographers. She becomes involved in the search for a serial killer when one of the victims is her twin sister. The story jumps around between past and present so that the reader can understand the motivation of t
Novel ini bagus dari segi alur cerita, tokoh, dan informasi yang terdapat di dalamnya. Greg meletakkan momen yang pas pada waktunya. Pembaca diajak untuk masuk ke dalam cerita dan itu akan berhasil jika si pembaca membaca pada saat kondisi pikirannya yang siap. Jangan harap kalau sensasi cerita akan terasa jika pikiran sedang lelah. Hal ini karena informasi di dalam novel ini sungguh sesuai fakta. Saya pikir, novel ini memberi wawasan yang cukup lengkap tentang sejarah, seni, fotografi, medis da ...more
Jake Danishevsky
I can't offer an extensive review, since it has been about 12 years since I read this book and others by Mr Iles, but I have to say that I was on Greg Iles kick. I got to the point that I thought was not even possible, and I actually got tired of Iles books. Not because they were not interesting, but because I read so many of them in the row. When you find an amazing author, such as Greg Iles, it is hard to stop reading one after another one and after about 3 or 4 of his amazing novels, I had to ...more
Two mystery/romance/thrillers in a row set in New Orleans! A completely random turn of events since I am just picking these books off the top of the pile.

The mystery behind this was really interesting. Our heroine sees a painting of her missing twin sister in an art gallery in China. The painting is part of a series of portraits by an unknown painter all depicting women nude and sleeping...or perhaps, dead. Very well done plot with fun twists and really interesting characters who I enjoyed foll
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Greg Iles was born in Germany in 1960. He grew up in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. He was active in a band called "Frankly Scarlet", but quit after realizing that the touring lifestyle was not conducive with his family life. Once no longer busy with the band, he turned his attention to writing.

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