the book is gruesome, and the killer is a depraved maniac who needs to be shut down. until that happens, though, I have to admit it's compulsive reading. it's kind of like a Jay Bonansinga effort, before he chained himself to the Walking Dead franchise. but is this The Sleep Police...or just illusorily so, until it morphs fully into something like The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by Michael Dibdin? it's Det. January David's horrendous but prescient dreams that keep doing a wonky ransacking of the logic of this novel--in a good way; but how is this all explained?! I have faith that no matter how odd the ending, it's all going to pull together, with maybe the absurd bits being the best bits of all, once explained, but right now it's weird hypnotism.