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Voice is the hallmark of a great writer, and I loved John Verdon’s riveting Shut Your Eyes Tight from page one, because I fell in love with his voice.
Yes, the plot is a humdinger, too, with a bride turning up dead on her wedding day, whereupon former NYPD police detective Dave (“Don’t call me Davey”) Gurney is called out of an uneasy retirement to investigate the crime and find the killer. Gurney’s been settling into a country life in the Catskills, trying to force himself to think about mulch and bulldozers, but it ain’t working out so great. His superbly-drawn (if realistically tart-tongued) wife is hoping they can spend more time together, but Gurney is a “natural-born onion peeler” and he can’t sit on his hands when murder strikes in nearby, ritzy Tambury.
Gurney starts digging, asking thoughtful questions, and interviewing the society types who knew the bride, and soon his dining room table is covered with notes and gruesome crime-scene photos that his wife wishes weren’t around when dinner guests arrive. Yet Gurney persists, seeking the truth in his quiet, self-assured way.
The plot comes to life on the first page, but as I say, what keeps the pages turning is the pitch-perfect, intriguing voice of this “hero,” a term I know that Dave Gurney would hate. He’s super-smart, but the last one to brag. He loves his wife, but he doesn’t get all mawkish about her. He’s haunted by the death of his young child, but he doesn’t even say that aloud. Even his diversions are fascinating; you’ll never forget his theory of “The Eureka Fallacy,” a lesson in police analysis that applies to your everyday life. And he goes about serving justice, despite all the personal costs at home, with a care and concern that you realize, by the end, is characteristic.
I know that you’ll want to hear more from Dave Gurney and this amazingly talented author, John Verdon. I can’t wait for his next book.
Although I knew how the murder was done after the first run-through of the crime scene, I still recommend this book and other books by this author. Read morePublished 3 days ago by TwoCentsWorth
It's well written, interesting and edgy. Great plot. This is the 2nd book in the series, and I'm definitely buying them all.Published 10 days ago by Veronika V.
I felt that this book explored the characters in a great depth kind of way. Great ending leaving room for future tales.Published 15 days ago by Ms. Donna G. Sroczynski
Great character development. I like having the opportunity of solving the mystery before the author walks through it.
Got this book after reading "think of a number" this book was even better. More intriguing than your normal mystery.Published 22 days ago by BetteK
kept me guessing until the final pages... well written with intense details and characterizationsPublished 1 month ago by vicki archer