A Bad Night’s Sleep Audiobook, by Michael Wiley Play Audiobook Sample

A Bad Night’s Sleep Audiobook

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Read By: Johnny Heller Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Joseph Kozmarski Series Release Date: June 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781481554770

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Longest Chapter Length:

19:21 minutes

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02:02 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

12:20 minutes

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Publisher Description

Michael Wiley’s third mystery—following The Bad Kitty Lounge and the Shamus-nominated The Last Striptease

Working late-night surveillance at a luxury condominium development in a city world-famous for corruption, Chicago private detective Joe Kozmarski encounters a burglary crew. Two of the crew members show up in a police cruiser. In the chaos that follows, Kozmarski shoots and kills a thief, who is also one of Chicago’s finest. Kozmarski is in for many a bad night’s sleep.

Kozmarski joins the criminal crew, working as an inside agent for his old friend Lieutenant Bill Gubman. Facing dangerous suspicions from both the criminal gang and the uncorrupted ranks of the police department, uncertain who wishes him to stay alive and who wishes him dead, Kozmarski takes a wild, dangerous ride.

In the high-end spa club for gentlemen and couples, during a showdown with a consortium of Chicago street gangs, and in a breakneck rooftop chase, A Bad Night’s Sleep pushes full throttle to a stunning conclusion.

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"The premise of the mystery (which I will not reveal, so as not to spoil) is absurd. Chicago is not absurd. This is a solid, traditional, hard-boiled detective novel, a quick read with no profound social message. Sometimes a person needs this sort of read."

— L (4 out of 5 stars)


  • “Top-notch PI reading.”

    — John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A slick and suspenseful tale of corruption and redemption from a terrific PI writer at the top of his game. A Bad Night’s Sleep is a great night’s read.”

    — Kelli Stanley, author of City of Dragons
  • “Jacksonville author Michael Wiley mixes two mainstays of the hard boiled novel—the cynical hero and a gritty plot—with an invigorating plot in his latest novel...A Bad Night’s Sleep briskly moves through diverse Chicago neighborhoods that are far from the familiar Michigan Avenue.”

    — Sun Sentinel
  • “Fans of gritty PI novels will relish Shamus-finalist Wiley’s third mystery featuring Chicago detective Joe Kozmarski…Kozmarski, a well-developed flawed hero, would be right at home in a Chandler or Hammett novel. The relentless pacing makes the pages fly by, and the hard-edged prose is bracing.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “The bent cops are straight, the straight cops are crooked, and ex-cop Joe Kozmarski must somehow figure out which is which, and who and when, in order to stay alive…Fast, furious, and fun. Readers who like them hard-boiled will love this twenty-two-minute egg.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • Winner of the 2012 Shamus Award for Best Hardcover PI Novel

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Excellently written piece of noir fiction. "

    — Amber, 9/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This was an entertaining fast romp through the pages of crime fiction. Just ok "

    — John, 8/13/2012
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    " Nothing wrong with this book, Wiley gets accolades from his peers, but I am just not interested in smart aleck drinking alkies ex-cops turned PIs kinda deal. "

    — Betty, 3/16/2012

About Michael Wiley

Michael Wiley is the author of The Last Striptease, which won the St. Martin’s Press / Private Eye Writers of America contest for best first unpublished private eye novel in 2006 and was nominated for a Shamus Award in 2008. He grew up in Chicago and has lived and worked in the neighborhoods and streets where he sets his Kozmarski mysteries. As part of this other life, Wiley has published books on Romantic geography and Romantic migrations. He lives with his family in Florida, where he teaches literature at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

About Johnny Heller

Johnny Heller, winner of numerous Earphones and Audie Awards, was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. He has been a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award winner from 2008 through 2013 and he has been named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine.