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  1. says:

    I enjoyed Verdon’s first novel Think of a Number so much that I immediately got hold of a copy of this book a follow up story featuring retired NYPD cop Dave Gurney The background is that Dave retired from the force in his late forties after having enjoyed a glittering career as a star detective He is highly logical in his approach and loves the challenge of solving complex puzzles He’s now living in the Catskills in upstate NY with his wife Madeleine She wants Dave to stop resurrecting his career as a master crime solver and enjoy retirement in this rural idyll There is certainly a degree of tension here and it adds an interesting second layer to these stories – particularly as Madeleine is the ueen of the caustic one liner Another great element is the involvement of an ex colleague of Gurney’s Jack Hardwick whose gruff no nonsense outpourings conflict nicely with Dave’s considered articulations At times their exchanges had me laughing out loudHere Dave is asked to take a look at the case of a decapitated bride It seems that the unfortunate victim had her head separated from her body on her wedding day A strange case indeed And having visited the scene of the crime and reviewed the video recordings of the day’s events Dave remains confused as to what actually took place It seems that a Mexican immigrant who had be working with the wealthy bridegroom is the man in the frame but he’s gone missing and there are a number of strands to the investigation that don’t uite marry up for Gurney The cast here are a wacky bunch and the whole thing is written in a slightly tongue in cheek fashion and yet the mystery is an intriguing one and it sucked me in very early onI suppose I could say that I somewhat predicted how this one would turn out but there were also a number of surprises that I’d not foreseen It’s a satisfying crime romp in it’s own right based purely on the plotline but the real pleasure here is in the uality of the story telling the development of the lead characters and in their interactions I really think that Verdon is a class act In his first two books he’s demonstrated an ability to create complex storylines replete with an interestingly diverse cast of characters and in Gurney he has brought to life someone I definitely want to see of In fact I’ve already secured copies of books 3 and 4 and I have a feeling I’ll work through the rest of the series in pretty short order If you enjoy Jeffery Deaver Lawrence Block or John Sandford but haven’t yet sampled these books then I’d definitely say it’s something worth thinking about


  2. says:

    This is the 2nd book in the series and all I can say is that I love this author He knows how to ratchet up the tension If you like mysteries I highly recommend this series although I would start with book 1 because the case Dave Gurney was on in that book is mentioned a lot in this book Plus it's a damn good book IMO


  3. says:

    When Dave Gurney retired from the NYPD as a decorated homicide detective and moved to an isolated country farm he thought he was putting his old life behind him Certainly his wife Madeleine hoped that was the case and she loves their new life of peace uiet and long walks in the countryside She delights in her flowers the wild life that abounds around the farm and in her various hobbiesDave not so much Gurney discovers that he misses the hunt His job had energized and challenged him and he finds that sitting around watching the asparagus grow is not all that fulfilling A few months earlier much to Madeleine's chagrin Dave agreed to consult on a murder investigation known as the Mellery case Think of a Number and his doing so threatened his marriage and his life Once the case was concluded Dave determined to put homicide investigations behind him once and for all but now he's asked to consult again on a particularly difficult and gruesome caseA young bride has married a very successful psychiatrist and then only moments before the wedding toast the bride is discovered in a small cabin on the property where the wedding is being held She has been decapitated and her head is left sitting on a table staring back at the rest of her bodyThe prime suspect is a mysterious Mexican gardener who was working on the property who allegedly opposed the marriage and who has now disappeared The police have launched a massive manhunt for the missing man but he has vanished along with the neighbor lady with whom he was allegedly having an affairThe bride's wealthy mother is not happy with the way the police are handling the case and she offers Gurney a huge fee if he will look into it Naturally Madeleine opposes the idea but Dave is intrigued and finally suggests a compromise in which he will give the investigation a couple of weeks and will then bow out irrespective of the state of the investigation at that pointWell of course we all know how that's going to work out Before long Dave will be deeply entangled in the most intellectually challenging case he's ever confronted and no matter what his wife thinks he will have to see it through To say much about the plot would probably be unfair; suffice it to say that this is a complex densely plotted and very entertaining novel with than the usual number of unexpected twists and turns The characters are intriguing and the crimes are challenging The book should appeal to anyone who enjoys a well written psychological thrillerview spoilerI have two reservations about this book The first has to do with the relationship between Dave Gurney and his wife Madeleine Watching the way Dave's first case impacted their relationship was interesting but watching the same story a second time was less entertaining Clearly the two are at cross purposes regarding the way in which Dave will spend his retirement and one of them needs to give in to the other Either that or they need to go their separate ways but I would not want to read a third novel in which the two are constantly at odds over Dave's workMy second concern involves a development that occurs when Dave engages a particularly nasty character about midway through the book Dave is drugged and wakes up later with no memory of what has occurred over the last several hours There is a serious possibility that he may have been photographed or filmed in a compromising situation Dave thinks about the possibility of going to a hospital and having them run a tox screen to see what drug he might have been given But then he decides against doing soSAY WHAT??? He has no idea what he might have been doing for the last few hours He could have been set up for a very serious crime and his only defense would be that he had been drugged and photographed in a compromising situation without his knowledge The tox screen could confirm that he had been drugged and this is his only practical defense against whatever might be coming at him Once the drugs are out of his system he will have no defense Dave is a brilliant guy and an experienced police detective It's inconceivable that he wouldn't take this logical step to protect himself and this colored the rest of the book for me I still enjoyed the book a lot but I would have enjoyed it had it not been for these two irritating factors hide spoiler


  4. says:

    This is the second book I've read by this author and the plots are gripping and the main character although conforms pretty closely to the stereotypical male lead that bores me isn't at all annoying There is one thing that bothered me in this book and in the first and I felt compelled to RANT about it The main character's relationship with his wife doesn't make any sense to me According to him she is insightful and loving and beautiful and perfect To me she's a horrible communicator wants him to change what is fundamental to his nature and is SO passive aggressive He's no prize either he keeps making major decisions without talking them through with her and he seems completely incapable of remembering anything she tells him about what she's doing or when they're throwing a dinner party and instead of oh I don't know I'll go out on a limb here and suggest something crazy like he write it down on a calendar or that they have a family calendar where they both write stuff down he just keeps forgetting Over and over again And he talks about how he's forgotten Again and again The only time he remembers where she's going is when she goes to her sister's house because their house was broken into by a crazed serial killer That's so sweet that he remembers where she is when their lives have been threatened But back to herwhen he does talk with her about major decisions or problems he's wrestling with she either tells him he's going to do what he's going to do which is such a helpful comment when someone is asking for an opinion or she says what difference does it make? In this second book about halfway through she finally apologizes to the main character for exactly what had me rolling my eyes at her and he just makes excuses for her and then concludes yet again that she is the most wonderful creature to walk the earth I kept waiting for them to decide to get divorced they were so out of tune with each other In fact that thought is what I remember most about reading the first book It might be nice in the next book if she goes on some sort of extended trip on the first page and leaves a huge note on the refrigerator door where she's gone so we don't have to deal with their relationship


  5. says:

    John Verdon's Dave Gurney is a nicely developed character I've come to appreciate in this series He's a retired NYC detective with lots of past success a nice post retirement with his wife in a bucolic country setting outside the city and seemingly too much time on his hands He keeps getting pulled into his past life which leads to problems with his present life if that makes any sense I've read the series out of order which isn't normally a good thing but it does allow a reader to appreciate character development where changes seem noticeable than gradual Anyway to the storyShut Your Eyes Tight begins with an awful murder A young bride is beheaded at her own wedding party Everyone knows who did it but the presumed killer a Mexican immigrant part time employee of the groom has absconded and the police can't locate him Dave's old buddy on the force talks him into taking a look at the crime in an unofficial role for the victim's mother Turns out the victim wasn't a nice person her mother isn't either though she's very very rich and Dave's wife isn't happy about the whole thing As with most of the Verdon's novels in the series tension seems to drive the story Tension between the police and the unofficial role Dave has between the rich and poor members of the local community between Dave and his wife between Dave and his friend between members of the local political and police communities all contribute to confusion a surfeit of motives that needed to be tracked down and to pressure on Gurney Poor Dave gets very introspective at times almost like a detective in a translated Scandinavian procedural It didn't get in the way too much and was an important aspect of the novel but importantly it gets us inside of Dave's head a bit which is uite a place to beProgress is made eventually though my biggest criticism of this effort is that there are just too many alternative motives and potential scenarios being thrown about and Dave at times seems to go against his well known data driven approach This book had a little too much of the 'unbelievable' in the crimes and the overall feeling I had at the conclusion was that it was a little too wild and less based on procedural stuff than on instinct A good read though and an important ending that informs future novels in the series


  6. says:

    It's 9PM and I'm thinking I'll lay in bed for a bit read and call it a night Gotta get up early wake my daughter up fix her lunch get breakfast ready and then take her to school The book I'm reading is John Verdon's latest Let the Devil Sleep The plate that sits on top of the chimney on the roof sends the sound of rain like soft staccato bullets down the chimney chute into the bedroom I hit the power switch on my Kindle and focus on the page before meAfter reading a few hundred detective novels the authors titles and reviews sort of all blend together and honestly if it weren't for my Kindle I wouldn't remember which ones I've read and which ones I haven't That's not to say that the books are forgettable it's just the conscious mind can only hold that much info and I suck at pulling stuff out of my subconscious at will But I can always remember a character that refuses to disappear into my subconscious When finishing a book I always remember Dave Gurney He doggedly pops into my head as I search for another novel and I think I wish there were another like Dave Gurney series I could start on Or I wonder if Verdon's completed his next book yet? And then I search Goodreads to no avail Sucks right the waiting?Verdon isn't a prolific writer in the sense of sayJohn Locke who pushes out novels every couple of months some not so great some that are Verdon's only got 3 novels I'm aware of and I'm reading his thirdShocked I glance up from my book as the soft platter on the chimney has turned into what sounds like an AK 47 ripping apart my house Who said we can't travel between worlds right? One moment it's deep into the night and I'm watching Gurney's red barn burn down as he wonders which of his investigations would cause an arsonist to lose sleep over his inuiries and the next I'm reaching over in bed to turn on my iPhone only to realize it's friggin' 2;30AM CrapThat happens a lot with Verdon You just can't put the damned story downIn Verdon's words; 'Detective stories are essentially moral in their orientation — not just because the good guy wins but because the structure of the form tends to value objectivity above convenience and truth above personal gain This isn't just a fine polished uote delivered for convenience to satiate an inuiry from the press John Verdon is a pro at translating lessons from his own life into stories that'll cause some serious introspecting of your own Verdon in fact is the master of deception Living is about discovery; so are his thrillers Mystery novels mirror the complexity of relationships; Dave Gurney holds complex relationships He is a man with secrets never completely truthful with himself and others He is constantly conflicted by his own self deceptions even as he struggles to minimize the conseuences that result in his isolation Dave Gurney is singular In mystery novels the mystery comes in the form of deception just as our personal lives harbor deception we tell ourselves little lies little rationalizations so that we can feel better and sometimes we come to believe the lies as truth Villains experience the same they come to believe their deceptions as the truth and then act on that truth Gurney destroys deceptions is after truthand he does not leave himself exempt from this process As Verndon says I lie to have and end up being lessWhat makes Verdon different in this genre is his grasp of characterization of motivation and of the nature of the relationship between foreground and background In the foreground we have our mystery the crime and the conseuences of that on the architecture and inhabitants of the hidden city the agenda and the detective pursuing that agenda In the background we have the life of Gurney his son his enigmatic wife Madeleine his parental responsibility his guilt his isolation driven by truth in spite of being married his eternal struggle between empathy and objectivity I know of no other author who has such a grasp of the complexity of the mind Both cerebral and inordinantly violent the Gurney series stand out well above most other authorsI read the damned book until it was done and accepted the conseuences of it the next dayIf you've read this review of the Dave Gurney series than you've read 'em all


  7. says:

    This is a heavy duty thrillercrime fictionmystery It involves serial killers and crimes which are among the most depraved one can read or know about But the fact it's Dave Gurney investigating lightens the load somewhatRetired homicide detective living in upstate New York on a bucolic little farmstead I hope I used that word correctly Dave is asked once again to 'consult' on a murder involving a young woman beheaded at her own wedding reception Yep this one is COMPLEX Of course Dave sort of gets in over his head and yes he upsets the official investigating team and yes again he and his wife Madeline are in peril about halfway through and yes this one has layers and layers and layers I listened to this book which I enjoyed giving my eyes a rest in the late often dreary sometimes rain and snowy afternoons I sometimes needed a break however from the unremitting grimness of the storyline and yet like I said you got Dave Dave has uirks an interesting cynical personality which is brightened by unexpected moments of wonder tranuility and inner emotion Dave is the kind of MC I think I'd like in real life No I know I'd like him and I'd leave him alone when he wanted to be left alone He's that kind of personAnyhow this is my new series of the moment I shall read the next Dave Gurney novel post haste


  8. says:

    This book is Think of a NumberIt's structurally identical and the plot is so similar as to make the identity of the murderer obvious from very early on assuming you have already read Verdon's first novel which I have So that's a bit disappointing but it's a gripping read anyway because it becomes a howdunnit? not a whodunnit?Yes the way the crime was committed becomes the central mystery and it's compelling enough to make me forgive the otherwise repetitious nature of this seuel but Verdon should look to shake things up for the future Going by the blurb on the back of his third novel he hasn't though


  9. says:

    710 As others have noted this would be much better if it were a hundred pages shorter His writing can be uite good at times and I see unrealized potential Does every book have to be psycho serial killers?


  10. says:

    After two books in this series I'm beginning to see a pattern Dave Gurney is still trying to retire as a cop and his wife is very encouraging often demanding but she usually relents because he's just so good at it The other police all seem to resent him for the same reason They're a bunch of idiots and he comes along and knocks out their jacks sending them tumbling back to earth The exception is his old semi partner an abrasive but smart detective who also doesn't get along too well with others because he's just socially inept And probably knows it but doesn't careAnother part of the pattern is that the evidence seems to present an impossible conclusion and everybody is either totally confused or convinced of conflicting conclusions all wrongNext part of the pattern is he stumbles around figures things out and then gets himself in trouble with the bad guys In this one he almost dies I don't know how he'll come out of the next book perhaps he'll die and come back to life But I think I'll wait a while before reading it They're pretty good but not something that draws me in like some other books I've read Maybe they'll get better I hope


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Shut Your Eyes Tight

Read & Download â PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ý John Verdon

M flera sadistiska brott Under ytan döljer sig en mörk brottsintrig som får Gurney att frukta både för sitt eget och för sin frus liv Blunda hårt är den andra boken om den före detta mordutredaren Dave Gurney John Verdon målar här skickligt upp en bild av ondska som hållits vid liv genom flera generationer Det är på samma gång både ett rörande mänskligt och ett alldeles ohyggligt drama. This book is Think of a NumberIt's structurally identical and the plot is so similar as to make the identity of the murderer obvious from very early on assuming you have already read Verdon's first novel which I have So that's a bit disappointing but it's a gripping read anyway because it becomes a howdunnit not a whodunnitYes the way the crime was committed becomes the central mystery and it's compelling enough to make me forgive the otherwise repetitious nature of this seuel but Verdon should look to shake things up for the future Going by the blurb on the back of his third novel he hasn't though

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Ett påkostat utomhusbröllop får ett makabert slut Mitt under festen hittas den unga bruden död Halshuggen med huvudet placerat bredvid kroppen Polisen misstänker genast den mexikanske trädgårdsmästaren Men brudens mor misstror polisens teorier som inte leder någon vart och söker upp Dave Gurney en av New York polisens vassaste mordutredare som nyligen pensionerats Dave har bestämt sig för at. This is the 2nd book in the series and all I can say is that I love this author He knows how to ratchet up the tension If you like mysteries I highly recommend this series although I would start with book 1 because the case Dave Gurney was on in that book is mentioned a lot in this book Plus it's a damn good book IMO

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T nu äntligen umgås mer med sin hustru och tillsammans med henne njuta av lugnet på landsbygden Men innerst inne vantrivs han med sin nya livsstil och därför kan han inte säga nej när han får chansen att ta sig an ett intressant fall När Dave Gurney börjar gräva i brudparets bakgrund upptäcker han en rad egendomliga omständigheter Snart inser han att det inte bara handlar om ett mord utan o. John Verdon's Dave Gurney is a nicely developed character I've come to appreciate in this series He's a retired NYC detective with lots of past success a nice post retirement with his wife in a bucolic country setting outside the city and seemingly too much time on his hands He keeps getting pulled into his past life which leads to problems with his present life if that makes any sense I've read the series out of order which isn't normally a good thing but it does allow a reader to appreciate character development where changes seem noticeable than gradual Anyway to the storyShut Your Eyes Tight begins with an awful murder A young bride is beheaded at her own wedding party Everyone knows who did it but the presumed killer a Mexican immigrant part time employee of the groom has absconded and the police can't locate him Dave's old buddy on the force talks him into taking a look at the crime in an unofficial role for the victim's mother Turns out the victim wasn't a nice person her mother isn't either though she's very very rich and Dave's wife isn't happy about the whole thing As with most of the Verdon's novels in the series tension seems to drive the story Tension between the police and the unofficial role Dave has between the rich and poor members of the local community between Dave and his wife between Dave and his friend between members of the local political and police communities all contribute to confusion a surfeit of motives that needed to be tracked down and to pressure on Gurney Poor Dave gets very introspective at times almost like a detective in a translated Scandinavian procedural It didn't get in the way too much and was an important aspect of the novel but importantly it gets us inside of Dave's head a bit which is uite a place to beProgress is made eventually though my biggest criticism of this effort is that there are just too many alternative motives and potential scenarios being thrown about and Dave at times seems to go against his well known data driven approach This book had a little too much of the 'unbelievable' in the crimes and the overall feeling I had at the conclusion was that it was a little too wild and less based on procedural stuff than on instinct A good read though and an important ending that informs future novels in the series

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  • Shut Your Eyes Tight
  • John Verdon
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  • 14 August 2017
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About the Author: John Verdon

JOHN VERDON has held several executive positions with Manhattan advertising firms but like his protagonist he recently relocated with his wife to rural upstate New York