This omnibus collects Paul Tremblay’s darkly comedic debut noir novels. Carrying all the hallmarks of Tremblay’s later work, they introduce Mark Genevich, a narcoleptic detective operating out of his mom’s apartment in South Boston.
In THE LITTLE SLEEP, Genevich is hired by a reality TV star, also the DA’s daughter, for a simple job, to identify a girl in a photo. Except she is the girl in the photo, and he doesn’t really remember meeting her. Wrangling deception, intrigue, cataleptic hallucinations and a body that could fall asleep at any moment, Genevich follows the trail into his own family history, and his departed father’s legacy.
NO SLEEP TILL WONDERLAND sees Genevich forced into group therapy by his landlord mother or face eviction. He’s working a case, finding a local suit’s lover, and getting to know his new friend, Gus. But soon Genevich is pulled into events over his head, rescuing a child from a burning house, maybe?; drug deals with a local bouncer and dealer; possibly getting a girlfriend. But solving mysteries is what Genevich does, starting with the mystery of what happened to him whilst he was asleep…