Shut Your Eyes Tight (Dave Gurney, No. 2): A Novel

Kobo ebook | July 12, 2011

byJohn Verdon

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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 monstrously bizarre.  

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 own life.

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.

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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...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:July 12, 2011Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307717917

ISBN - 13:9780307717917

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Very suspenseful and totally kept me awake at night, trying to guess who's the killer! Really enjoying his series so far.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shut Your Eyes Tight Another great from John Verdon. Couldn't put it down. This book kept me on my toes.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I would give 7 stars if I could. Verdon is deeply insightful, this is one amazing author whose fantastic mind stood out prominently among the sea of authors/writers. His books are collectable, no doubt about it. I HIGHLY recommend this books & this author.
Date published: 2016-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Verdon is intelligent & astonishingly insightful. I will collect all of his books. Get the book, read it, you won't regret it. Prepared to b dazzled.
Date published: 2016-03-22