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Let the Devil Sleep (Dave Gurney, No. 3): A Novel (Verdon, John) Hardcover – July 24, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Verdon, John
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1ST edition (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307717925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307717924
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It’s always a pleasure to watch a keen mind absorbed in a difficult puzzle, which is how Dave Gurney distinguishes himself in John Verdon’s tricky whodunits.”
--New York Times
 
“A razor-sharp serial killer thriller…The third Dave Gurney whodunit is a breakneck, knockout ride...The tension is palpable on virtually every page of a story that perfectly balances the protagonist’s complex inner life with an elaborately constructed puzzle.”
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
“A masterful bit of writing that builds to a surprising and satisfying climax. The tension and enigmatic situations created en route to the conclusion make this book a definite nail-biter. John Verdon’s writing skill might well cause him to become known as ‘The Puzzle Master.’”
-New York Journal of Books
 
“A brilliant and absorbing mystery…I love this series, as much for its thoughtful social commentary (on the media this time) as for its mysteries.  Let the Devil Sleep is even better than Shut Your Eyes Tight…Highly recommended.”
--Bookloons

About the Author

JOHN VERDON is a former Manhattan advertising executive who lives with his wife in the mountains of  upstate New York.  His first two Dave Gurney novels, Think of a Number and Shut Your Eyes Tight, are both international bestsellers.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on July 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I tend to shy away from detective novels because the lead character is usually battling drug or alcohol abuse, divorced, fired from the job and a generally an unhappy and unlikable person, in my opinion. Detectives are just not my thing. However, retired detective Dave Gurney has me second guessing my decision to steer away from detective novels. Sure,Gurney is a little crabby because he is recovering from almost dying from three gun shot wounds, but I would be too.

While recuperating, a friend asks Gurney a favor. Could he please keep an eye on her daughter Kim, who is currently working on a television project involving the family members of those murdered by The Good Shepherd. Who just happens to have never been found. Gurney agrees because he is a nice guy, and then things start to get hinky. Events raise Gurney's detective sense, and he starts probing the facts of The Good Shepherd cases, realizing there are many things wrong with the case file. The story goes off from there and it is one good ride.

Gurney is a likable hero and detective. Watching over Kim and her project turns into the thing that pulls him out of the depression or rut he is in and kinda sorta realizes, but doesn't want to admit. If you say it out loud it's true, and Gurney will not say it out loud. The story takes off from here so I won't go into any other specific details. The way the story unfolded was interesting and there were parts that had my blood pumping. The suspense was palpable.

I enjoyed almost all of the other characters in the book: Gurney's family, his snarky detective friend Hardwick (who made me chuckle), the murder victim's family members, who all had their little quirks and personalities, the FBI agents.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gidgetdog on August 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I guess I wasn't as enamored of this book as the other reviewers. I have read the previous Dave Gurney books and remember enjoying them. This one, to me, seemed repetitive, with one really annoying character (Kim, please, what a dolt), and with "Super" Dave making a lot of mistakes and missing several obvious assumptions. That said, on the other hand, I think a good mystery should allow some potential for the reader figuring out the story, but for me the conclusion came out of nowhere with very little explanation of the motive of the killer. It kept me reading, but I'm not sure why.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Badman on December 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the 3rd entry in the entertaining Dave Gurney series, featuring a brilliant NYPD detective who has taken early retirement with his wife to the country, yet gets pulled back into cased involving his specialty....serial killers. After the events of the last novel (Shut Your Eyes Tight), Gurney is recuperating from horrific wounds that almost killed him, and has pretty much dropped out of regular life.

As in the previous books, Gurney is pulled into another odd mystery as a friend asks him to investigate the offer her daughter has received to star in a reality series dealing with the effects of death on the relatives of the victims of a serial killer called "The Good Shepherd". Ten years earlier a serial killer shot and killed seemingly random drivers, published a strange manifesto, and then disappeared after killing six people, never to be caught. As Gurney follows the girl Kim around and studies the case, he becomes more and more convinced the FBI profilers completely missed the boat on this one, and also has to deal with the increasingly bizarre behavior of Kim's last boyfriend, a threatening stalker. Soon, as the strange coincidences and incidents begin to ratchet up (including an almost fatal booby trap) Gurney begins to wonder if the stalking incidents are instead related to the investigation of The Good Shepherd and not the work of Kim's stalker.

As usual, several supporting characters make their appearance, including Dave's wife Maddelaine (less annoying than in previous books), his estranged son Kyle, and smart ass hard boiled cop Jack Hardwick, who again acts as Gurney's foil in the investigation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Cooney on September 18, 2012
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Let the Devil Sleep is most readable. I hadn't read anything by John Verdon previously, but I will read his other two novels. This novel is definitely suspensful. The conclusion, however, is disappointing: The cavalry arrives in the nick of time. Also, the main character is too introspective; the reader wants to get on with the story. Mr. Verdon might do well to read Robert B. Parker, whose characters make themselves clear with a minimum of words; also with some humor.
Still, it is a good story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dick Canada on July 6, 2014
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Simply no way to figure out the clever ending; classic page turner after 1/2 way mark! Worth the dollar investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hiram on December 20, 2013
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Now I have read all of his books.....waiting for the next....hope it's not too long a time to wait :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By greg d on December 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read the authors first book "think of a number" and was enthralled. There he had a legitimate riddle in the beginning of the book which was quite clever i think. So i expected a similar ingenious twist in this thriller. While the author is quite skilled at slowly peeling the onion to get closer to the solution at the heart of the case, the greatly anticipated climax where the killer is revealed was lackluster. I feel not enough information was offered in the book for the reader to even have an outside chance of figuring it out on his own. For the revelation of the killer to be really intriguing the reader needs to say "thats shocking, how did i not see that."Yet that sensation is not achieved because the killer was minimally mentioned in the more than 450+ pages. so I was entertained for most of the book but felt unsatisfied after reaching it conclusion. Nonetheless, Verdon is talented and I would still read his future works. Thank you, greg
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