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

4.3 out of 5 stars 208 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the A Dave Gurney Novel Series

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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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Product Details

  • Series: A Dave Gurney Novel
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307717925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307717924
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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The book can keep you interested - because the main character Dave Gurney is fairly interesting and the plot about a serial killer starts off keeping you frading. However The killer becomes obvious around the middle of the book and the autor keeps introducing some interesting characters and then drops them off the plot in order to get the killer - in a very silly fashion. The author seemed to get tired of the story and ended it. The characters, the FBI guys are good as bad good guys. I was into the book for the first 200 pages and then it lagged and repeated plot points and became boring.

Alas...
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This was an exceptional book...one that I could not put down...and I love booms that I cannot put down. Nothing seemed deliberately created to get the pieces of this mystery to fit together.
I like Dave Gurney because he and his family were typical and believable characters. I enjoyed his quiet life on his farm. The progression of the plot was believable.

I will continue to read the rest of this series by John Verdon.
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After reading Verdon's first two books with pleasure, I kept hoping as I read this one that there would be some tension, some surprises...but no. The many red herrings started to smell. There were odd happenings with no explanation. Most of the characters were cardboard cutouts, not worth caring about. There were lengthy descriptions, such as of the FBI idiot's cabin, which did little to advance the plot.
Vernon showed such promise; I fear he is now just cranking out books too quickly.
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