Sleep and His Brother
McNair House is a charitable institution, set up to care for "cathypnic" children. With their incredibly slow metabolisms, cathypnic kids are irresistibly plump little dumplings, inspiring a near-obsessive devotion in their caretakers. Jimmy Pibble, newly laid off from Scotland Yard, has dropped by the McNair purely in a private capacity, but if he's surprised to find his own passions being stirred by the children, he's even more surprised at the signals he's getting from his old detective instincts. He knows that cathypnia is more than chubby cheeks, that the disorder has a dark side. He's slowly coming to understand that devotion does as well. Initially published in 1971, this compelling book about obsession bears the usual Peter Dickinson hallmarks: it is beautifully written, it is set in an odd locale, and it is impossible to put down.
"Gorgeous and eerie" --New York Times
"Brilliantly original" --Times Literary Supplement
Who's likely to like this: Fans of classic British mystery and the extraordinarily inventive
2009 • Fiction/Mystery • 224 pages • ISBN: 9781934609156