Dale Bailey and Jack Slay, Jr. Sleeping Policemen. Urbana, IL: Golden Gryphon Press, 2006.

Many a college student has had this nightmare: you’re out having fun (i.e., drinking with your pals) when inattention, or just bad luck, causes you to harm another person. The dream is so disturbing that most sleepers wake up. This novel follows the nightmare further than anyone wants to go. Three college students, returning to campus from a night of semi-illicit revelry, hit a pedestrian on a deserted mountain road. Nick Laymon, the most upright of the group, makes the driver turn back to confront what has happened. The man who was hit is dead; on his body they find a gun, a bus station locker key, and a roll of large bills. The young men cannot foresee the consequences of their decision to cover up the accident, and soon they are in a world where sexual exploitation, violence, and corruption are the norms. Bodies pile up, and the protagonist, Nick, finds both his strength and his inner darkness. The action moves back and forth between the North Carolina mountains and Knoxville, Tennessee.

Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.

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