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Let the Devil Sleep (Dave Gurney, No. 3)

Book 3, A Dave Gurney Novel - A Novel

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Description

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 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

May 07, 2012 – Verdon, who rejuvenated the impossible crime in his 2010 debut, Think of a Number, shows there s much more that can be done with the serial killer plot in his breakneck, knockout third Dave Gurney whodunit (after 2011 s Shut Your Eyes Tight). Retired detective Gurney, dubbed the NYPD Supercop by the media for his phenomenal homicide clearance rate, once again can t resist the opportunity to match wits with a brilliant murderer in this case, the self-named the Good Shepherd, the subject of a reality TV project that a journalist asks his help on. Never identified, the Good Shepherd struck six times in the Syracuse area a decade earlier, targeting drivers of black Mercedes as part of his crusade against the wealthy. Gurney takes an iconoclastic approach to the cold case while tackling other, possibly unrelated investigations. 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.

Customer Reviews

Uninteresting... disappointing...

Authors early works set a high standard... smart, crisp, well done... this effort has none of those qualities... the main character acts out of character... went from smart to petulant... tight plot of the earlier novels went to rambling, lazy effort... I might try this author one more time, only because of his excellent earlier works.

Good read

You never really get a read on the bad guy. Very fast paced and you want more.

Let the Devil Sleep (Dave Gurney, No. 3)
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jul 24, 2012
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 464 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 3, A Dave Gurney Novel
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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