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Let The Devil Sleep, A Novel

A David Gurney mystery by John Verdon

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Another Excellent David Gurney Tale!

  • Oct 21, 2012
David Gurney is back and I loved it. My favorite riddle solver is asked to help a young woman (Kim) by evaluating a tv project she is working on. She is doing a series of interviews of families, whose loved ones were killed by a serial killer called "The Good Shepherd." The Shepherd had never been caught. Since she started the project, weird things have been happening at her apartment. Kim claims that it is her ex-boyfriend, who helped her on her project and then seemed to turn on her.

The more Gurney gets involved, he starts to think that the original investigation of the Shepherd case was flawed. Much to the chagrin of his wife Madeline, he starts re-examining evidence using his pal Jack Hardwick. As Gurney gets more involved, he starts to tick off the original FBI Agents involved in the case. Additionally, bad things start happening to Gurney, Kim and those that Kim interviewed. The more Gurney gets challenged, the more determined he is to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Verdon does it again by keeping the reader hooked from the beginning and guessing along with Gurney as to what the truth is. The only thing I didn't care for is how the FBI Agents are portrayed as incompetent and "all knowing," not willing to listen to any ideas that are not their own. I do not think that this is reality but hey, it doesn't detract from the five star rating I gave this one!

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In this latest novel from bestselling author John Verdon, ingenious puzzle solver Dave Gurney puts under the magnifying glass a notorious serial murder case – one whose motives have been enshrined as law-enforcement dogma - and discovers that everyone has it wrong.
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 ...
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