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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 an infamous 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
Mocked even by some who'd been
his allies in previous investigations, Gurney 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.