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Sleepless by Charlie Huston
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Apr 06, 10

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Readers pigeon-hole Charlie Huston at their peril. The only certainties about Huston's work are his penchant for deeply weird and flawed characters (Hank Thompson is a failed baseball player with some addiction issues and remarkably bad luck; PI Joe Pitt is a New York vampire ...) and his deliciously warped sense of humor. And few genre novelists are as literary (""writing ... simply too good to be genre-constrained,"" praises the Denver Post). With back-to-back hits in The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, a novel featuring a crime-scene cleanup crew, and Sleepless, Huston's audience keeps growing--with good reason. See also: Elmore Leonard, Stephen King (The Stand), Cormac McCarthy (The Road), Duane Swierczynski, Victor Gischler, and Jason Starr. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.
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