Sleepless by Charlie Huston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An epidemic of sleeplessness is sweeping the world. Governments are crumbling, chaos is rising and social order is breaking down. The only thing that can help the afflicted is a drug code named Dr33m3r, or dreamer. Los Angeles police officer Parker Haas has a wife among the afflicted and an infant daughter who may or may not be. He has also been offered a chance to really make a difference. Haas must go undercover, posing as a drug dealer to seek out the illegal trade of the special drug. What he find straddles the real world with the imaginary world of Chasm Tide, an online role playing game that has become popular among the afflicted. He also gains the unwanted attention of an obsessive mercenary who will stop at nothing to complete his compulsions. Charlie Huston is one of my favorite storytellers, and this is another feather in his cap. Splitting the narrative between two characters was a masterstroke and the story involving drug smuggling, computer game barter economies spilling over into the real world was engrossing. Set in a Snow Crash like fragmenting society, Haas is the last honest man, looking to save his family and a sense of justice in a world gone mad. Don't miss it!
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