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The Little Sleep by Paul Tremblay
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Feb 21, 09

bookshelves: beatrice-reading-series, debut-novel, mystery, noir, private-eye
Read in February, 2009

The central "gimmick" of this mystery -- the private eye suffers from narcolepsy, and it affects his handling of the investigation -- could have easily gone wrong in dozens of ways, but Tremblay makes it work, seamlessly integrating Mark Genevich's physical condition with the "standard" elements of the "the universe is stacked against me, but to solve this case I will push back with everything I have" tropes of the genre. It makes Genevich an even more unreliable narrator than usual; at this point, I'm still not entirely sure just how much of what he describes really happened. Add a snappy voice, with a whole new batch of snappy metaphors, and you've got a new detective you'll want to keep your eye on. (Although this particular story is so personal you'll be dying to figure out what Tremblay could do for a sequel...)
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