Life Goes Sleeping
Author: Reed Farrel Coleman
Published: June 15, 1991 by Permanent Press
Series Name: Dylan Klein
Category: Hard-boiled, Noir
Main Character: Dylan Klein, Johnny MacClough, Alexander Korin, Micki Korin
Dylan Klein, a bush league insurance investigator, returns to Brooklyn for his mother's funeral. Alientated from his family, from his faith, and unable to come to terms with his grief, Klein falls into a trap of treason, murder, and betrayal. Klein and his close friend, retired NYPD detective, Johnny MacClough, stumble through an odyssey fueled by the winds of change: the winds themselves by the end of the Cold War. Klein and MacClough are buffeted as the two super powers struggle to erase some potentially embarrassing loose ends left dangling since WWII. A third, lesser power, injects poison into the brew in an attempt to snag the loose ends for its own political gains. Despite appearances, LIFE GOES SLEEPING is not a spy thriller, but a hard-boiled detective novel rooted in the tradition of Raymond Chandler. Klein is a man treading water. When one of his clients is brutally murdered, he is forced to learn to swim or drown with MacClough as both lifeguard and instructor.