Sleep and His Brother

The fourth of six novels with Detective James Pibble

About the Book

Pibble, retired, involves himself in home for children suffering from rare disease (symptoms before early death include apparent telepathic powers), lavishly funded for ESP research by Greek tycoon. There's an apparently accidental death in a fire, which Pibble noses into.


“Brilliantly original, as always. ”
Times Literary Supplement
“An excellently engineered story.”
H.R. F. Keating, The Times
“The writing, as always, has style, and the setting…is full of invention. Pleasure can be guaranteed.”
“Tense and then terrifying and strangely, poignantly tender. It's quite a thing.”
Louis Untermeyer
“Not only he bist, but the best murder story I've read in years.”
St Louis Post-Dispatch


Hodder & Stoughton, UK - 1971
Harper and Row, US - 1971
Pantheon Books, US - 1972
Open Road, US - 2015
Panther, UK - 1972
Hamlyn, UK - 1983
Arrow, UK - 1987