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Let the Devil Sleep (Dave Gurney, No. 3): A Novel (A Dave Gurney Novel) Hardcover – July 24, 2012
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The most decorated homicide detective in NYPD history, Dave Gurney is still trying to adjust to his life of quasi-retirement in upstate New York when a young woman who is producing a documentary on a notorious murder spree seeks his counsel. Soon after, Gurney begins feeling threatened: a razor-sharp hunting arrow lands in his yard, and he narrowly escapes serious injury in a booby-trapped basement. As things grow more bizarre, he finds himself reexamining the case of The Good Shepherd, which ten years before involved a series of roadside shootings and a rage-against-the-rich manifesto. The killings ceased, and a cult of analysis grew up around the case with a consensus opinion that no one would dream of challenging -- no one, that is, but Dave Gurney.
Mocked even by some who’d been his supporters in previous investigations, Dave realizes that the killer is too clever to ever be found. The only gambit that may make sense is also the most dangerous – to make himself a target and get the killer to come to him.
To survive, Gurney must rely on three allies: his beloved wife Madeleine, impressively intuitive and a beacon of light in the gathering darkness; his de-facto investigative “partner” Jack Hardwick, always ready to spit in authority’s face but wily when it counts; and his son Kyle, who has come back into Gurney’s life with surprising force, love and loyalty.
Displaying all the hallmarks for which the Dave Gurney series is lauded -- well-etched characters, deft black humor, and ingenious deduction that ends in a climactic showdown – Let the Devil Sleep is something more: a reminder of the power of self-belief in a world that contains too little of it.
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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.”
About the Author
- ASIN : 0307717925
- Publisher : Crown; First Edition (July 24, 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780307717924
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307717924
- Item Weight : 1.54 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #6,994 in Serial Killer Thrillers
- #17,176 in Murder Thrillers
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The novel deals with modern consequences of a series of decade-old murders as a reportorial team for a reality TV series begins work on a series that looks into the impacts of the old crimes on the lives of survivors. As the interviews progress, new deaths begin to occur amid suspicious acts and occurrences that make it appear as though someone -- the original bad guy or possibly a new player with an interest in the old acts -- is trying to derail the series. This aspect of the story line gives the author ample opportunity to display his contempt for the shallow and manipulative nature of what passes for news in modern reality television programming.
Verdon is getting better at his game. I was prepared to turn in other directions if this novel had shown no improvement over the first two, but it is good enough that I will probably be back for Gurney no. four if Verdon decides to write it.
But, I was glad I stayed with it. She blended into the background and I could thoroughly enjoy Gurney.
I had read that Kyle would be in this book, and Verdon did not disappoint. You'll also like that Gurney and Madeline's relationship has changed.
As usual, the writing was great.
However, there were no clues. None. Book 1, had a clue, I hadn't been smart enough to see it, but it was there. Book 2 was more vague but the overall idea was there for clever readers to find. But this only got 4 stars, and not 5 like the first two books, because there were no clues whatsoever as to who the murderer was. When revealed, Gurney was shocked.
Also, he figured out the 'thing', but then at the end of the book, figured out the 'thing' again! The difference between his two revelations was so minute, it was the same 'thing'
This all said, I love Gurney so much, that I will still read book 4.
In this book it seemed like the author was trying to make Detective Gurney into more of a lovable, decent guy, bent on repairing his relationship with his wife, Madeline, and his son, Kyle. Madeline was on her best behavior being a long suffering, doting wife. Nice, but dull. I would rather read about the Madeline who liked to argue with Gurney. In his previous books Madeline could be a real witch, and just about the time you were ready to write her off, she would look at a clue and come up with ideas that helped him solve the case. Really am tired of reading that she likes to go outside and mystically stare at leaves and trees.
While I am at it, Gurney seems too refined and intelligent to be spouting the F word. His son is now imitating him and it shows a lack of respect to me. It was not necessary and didn't add anything to the story. In fact it was a bit offputting. The character, Kim, was unlikeable and self-serving and I really couldn't see Gurney taking the time to share a coffee with her, much less help her with the TV series.
I hope this doesn't sound too critical. This is a good book and I will buy everything that John Verdon writes.
If you haven't read any of these books - start with Think of A Number - then Shut Your Eyes Tight - and now, this one Let the Devil Sleep
Let's see... it starts with Dave at home recovering from a gunshot wound - and really caught up in his new "role" of "of one of the injured". He gets a call from a friend asking him to do a favor - to help her daughter, Kim, with a project about a 10 year old serial murder case - The Good Shepherd case. Dave agrees - rather half-heartedly - but quickly becomes pulled in whether he wants to or not. You see Dave Gurney likes puzzles - mysteries - and the Good Shepherd case has many unanswered questions. In trying to find answers to his questions he is soon in trouble with the FBI they are blocking all of his attempts to get details of their failed investigation. And in the process of asking questions he also finds that he and Kim are in the cross-hairs of a murderer
This is truly a great mystery novel, and it is also an amazing explorations into Dave Gurney's character and relationship with his wife, his son, and his look on life that make this a powerful novel as well.
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I think it's probably one I will reread and then enjoy much more.