Dimensions: 464 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in
Published: July 24, 2012
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307717925
ISBN - 13: 9780307717924
About the Book
In this latest novel from bestselling author Verdon, an ingenious puzzle solver puts under the magnifying glass a notorious serial murder--one whose motives have been enshrined as law-enforcement dogma--and discovers that everyone has it wrong.
Read from the Book
Chapter 1 Spring The French doors were open. From where Dave Gurney was standing by the breakfast table, he could see that the last patches of winter snow, like reluctant glaciers, had receded from the open pasture and survived now only in the more recessed and shadowed places in the surrounding woods. The mixed fragrances of the newly exposed earth and the previous summer’s unmowed hay drifted into the big farmhouse kitchen. These were smells that once had the power to enthrall him. Now they barely touched him. “You should step outside,” said Madeleine from where she stood at the sink, washing out her cereal bowl. “Step out into the sun. It’s quite glorious.” “Yes, I can see that,” he said, not moving. “Sit and have your coffee in one of the Adirondack chairs,” she said, setting the bowl down in the drying rack on the countertop. “You could use some sun.” “Hmm.” He nodded meaninglessly and took another sip from the mug he was holding. “Is this the same coffee we’ve been using?” “What’s wrong with it?” “I didn’t say anything was wrong with it.” “Yes, it’s the same coffee.” He sighed. “I think I’m getting a cold. Last couple of days, things haven’t had much taste.” She rested her hands on the edge of the sink island and looked at him. “You need to get out more. You need to do somethin
From the Publisher
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.
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.
"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
--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