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When he was the NYPD's top homicide investigator, Dave Gurney was
never comfortable with the label the press gave him: super
detective. He was simply a man who, when faced with a puzzle,
wanted to know. He was called to the investigative hunt by
the presumptuous arrogance of murderers - by their smug belief that
they could kill without leaving a trace. There was always
a trace, Gurney believed.
Except what if one day there wasn't?
Dave Gurney, a few months past the Mellery case that pulled him out
of retirement and then nearly killed him, is trying once again to
adjust to his country house's bucolic rhythms when he receives a
call about a case so seductively bewildering that the thought of
not looking into it seems unimaginable-even if his beloved
wife, Madeleine, would rather he do anything but.
The facts of what has occurred are horrible: a blushing bride,
newly wed to an eminent psychiatrist and just minutes from hearing
her congratulatory toast, is found decapitated, her head apparently
severed by a machete. Though police investigators believe that a
Mexican gardener killed the young woman in a fit of jealous fury,
the victim's mother-a chilly high-society beauty-is having none of
it. Reluctantly drawn in, Dave is quickly buffeted by a series of
revelations that transform the bizarrely monstrous into the
Underneath it all may exist one of the darkest criminal schemes
imaginable. And as Gurney begins deciphering its grotesque
outlines, some of his most cherished assumptions about himself are
challenged, causing him to stare into an abyss so deep that it
threatens to swallow not just him but Madeleine, too.
Desperate to protect Madeleine and bring an end to the madness,
Gurney ultimately discovers that the killer has left a trace after
all. Unfortunately, the revelation may come too late to save his
With Shut Your Eyes Tight, John Verdon delivers on the
promise of his internationally bestselling debut, Think of a
Number, creating a portrait of evil let loose across
generations that is as rife with moments of touching humanity as it
is with spellbinding images of perversity.