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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (174 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stacy Horn Narrator: Eliza Foss Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9781449832278
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Journalist Stacy Horn is a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered program. In her enticing narrative The Restless Sleep, she sheds light on the dark world of the NYPD’s real-life Cold Case Squad—a special command of detectives who take on the homicide cases that remain unsolved after their initial period of investigation. Those who comprise its ranks are often characterized as misfits and lone wolves—but brilliant ones, to be sure. Here, their fascinating and deeply troubling stories of cases closed—and others that remain open—are conveyed in chilling detail. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “NPR contributor Horn's deft writing and unique access to detectives laboring to bring justice to the many forgotten victims of murder create a significant addition to the genre.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “While Sleep hardly makes for soothing bedtime reading Horn’s gripping writing and palpable sense of outrage ensure that its narrative never runs cold.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Masterful storytelling.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “There is rarely a dull page as Horn portrays her colorful band as they challenge the perplexing past.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Foss's reading of Horn's reporting is compelling.” 

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorraine | 1/8/2014

    " Slogging through pages and pages of data and police politics to get to information about the cold cases makes this a tedious read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginny | 1/8/2014

    " I couldn't finish this one. There was just too much about the politics of the NYPD and not enough about solving the cases. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 11/2/2013

    " They need a star rating for "meh". An in-depth look into a cold case unit that while interesting is poorly written and completely disjointed. Disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caree | 8/4/2012

    " Thoroughly researched and meticulously detailed, this nonfiction tale takes us on several cold cases in NYC. It also educates the reader on the politics, background, and structure of the NYPD. I recommend this book highly for true crime fans and those who want to know how the NYPD works. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Motorcycle | 6/27/2012

    " Nothing special. It seemed unbalanced. Stilted narrative arc and poor organization of what seemed like information inadequate to support a book of it's scope made this feel like it set out to go somewhere, didn't, then ended with a stymied shrug. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 2/25/2012

    " Solid police procedural meets anecdotal 20th century history of NYC. Perhaps the best part is how she does not solve any of the cold cases, highlighting what a terrible job these cops must have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alix | 2/3/2012

    " True crime in a journalistic diary type of view. It jumps around a lot between cases which can be hard to follow but not if you're sooooooper smart like me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zinaid | 1/11/2012

    " Interesting material. I found it a bit hard to keep track of certain facts/evidence because it jumps back and forth between cases. Not to mention all of the names. She does a great job of capturing the detectives frustration with how certain things are handled and the motivation behind their work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 6/30/2011

    " Interesting coverage of the pursuit of murder cases gone cold. Some of the crimes are rather gruesome, but covered in a factual manner. The administrative aspects of NYPD law enforcement were interesting. Author emphasizes the long-term impact of cold cases and they shouldn't be left unsolved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 5/26/2011

    " I love cold case file stuff, but why pick these cases for the book? Not a lot of action, and not very enthralling. I guess it was effective in "de-glamorizing" the cold case world where it pretty much must be frustration at every turn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 5/13/2011

    " Well-researched but the organization was very disjointed. Five cases spread out over three sections, so you have to read a third of each one at a time. Frustrating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wade, Rosario, & Marco | 10/29/2010

    " Rosario liked this book. Some of the cold cases were solved after many years and some were never solved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 9/20/2010

    " I enjoyed the inside look into the Cold Case Squad, but I wish there were more time devoted to the cases themselves. "

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About the Narrator

Eliza Foss is an actress who has appeared in numerous theaters in New York City and around the country. She has narrated over thirty books and short stories, been featured in AudioFile magazine, and won five AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations.