THE SLEEP DETECTIVES
By Matthew Bieniek
Many times, while attending various pulp conventions, new writers will present me with copies of their self-published books to obtain a review. Such was the case with this little gem from Matthew Bieniek. It is a wonderful, extremely well written story about a young man named Tony who has the ability to go places and events in his dreams that have actually happened. All he has to do is think of the time and place before falling off to sleep and in his dreams he is there. This can happen with mundane incidents to those with rich historical significant such as being at Gettysburg to see President Lincoln deliver his famous address to a war weary nation. Or appearing in a parking late at night to see who it was that stole his co-worker’s car.
Tony works in a grocery store and spends most of his time with his best friends, Dom and Danny. When he confides in them about his special “dream” abilities, they see the potential for Tony being able to assist the police in solving crimes that have been relegated to the cold-cases files. Eventually, Dom gets a job with a local detective agency and connects Tony with the owner of the company. Invariably our likeable hero is asked to help solve the five year old disappearance of a young lady. This assignment takes him to some dark places and ultimately endangers Tony and his friends when a murderer is exposed.
“The Sleep Detectives” is fresh, original and its characters believable from the first page to the last. Bieniek’s pacing is balanced and he pulls us along effortlessly. It is rare to find such an unpretentious writer who clearly loves what he is doing and achieves what he sets out to do, completely entertain his readers. Go find “The Sleep Detectives.” You’ll be glad you did.