Shut Your Eyes Tight (dave Gurney, No. 2): A Novel by John VerdonShut Your Eyes Tight (dave Gurney, No. 2): A Novel by John Verdon

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

byJohn Verdon

Paperback | June 26, 2012

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Dave Gurney, retired NYPD homicide investigator, is back in Shut Your Eyes Tight, the sequel to the international bestseller Think of a Number

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.
JOHN VERDON is a former Manhattan advertising executive who lives with his wife in the mountains of upstate New York.  His Dave Gurney novels, Think of a Number, Shut Your Eyes Tight, and Let the Devil Sleep, are all international bestsellers.
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Title:Shut Your Eyes Tight (dave Gurney, No. 2): A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7.9 × 5.2 × 1.1 inPublished:June 26, 2012Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0770435564

ISBN - 13:9780770435561

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great mystery from Verdon I had the ending figured out about halfway through this otherwise great mystery novel. Dave Gurney, our hero and a retired NYPD detective, is called in to investigate the murder of a woman who was killed on her wedding day by her gardener. Seems like a simple open and shut case where Gurney has to figure out where the gardener is hiding, but, of course, things aren't always what they seem. The mystery of the woman's death leads Gurney to stumble across an illegal sex trade operation, an Italian mobster and a possible serial killer. A really good read even if the actual puzzle of "who did it" wasn't as difficult to figure out as the novel's cover jacket would have had you believe. Gurney is an interesting character, but more interesting is his wife, Madeline, who doesn't want her recently retired husband to get involved in any more investigations, and let's her feelings not so subtly known to him. This is the second in the Dave Gurney series of mysteries, and I fully intend to continue reading this entertaining thread by author, John Verdon.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Compelling mystery; characters not so much! This is a first for me: not being able to put a book down, a book in which I do not care for the characters. I have to say that Dave Gurney has grown on me a little since book one despite some very poor choices he made in this book. It's hard not to have a grudging respect for someone who will make the choice he did at the end of the book (can't spoil it so this is a vague comment). Madeleine is another story. I still find her to be rude and condescending, though she did redeem herself a bit towards the end of the book. I still don't think they have a healthy relationship. I don't think she really loves him for who he is. I can't see why he seems to hang on her every move and comment. But it is what it is. Relationships aside, the mystery was GREAT. I wouldn't say that I didn't see it coming, but in no way did I understand the depth or breadth of the deception that the "bad guy" had demonstrated. I'm going to move right along to book #3.
Date published: 2017-01-26
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

Editorial Reviews

“Taut and suspenseful…Verdon is in top form as he lays out the twisty mechanics of the crime, creating an agreeably sinister villain…A strong follow-up to the author’s wildly entertaining debut.”--Washington Post“The crime is grisly and the cop is complicated. A nice combination.”--New York Daily News“For anyone who loves a good puzzle, John's Verdon's SHUT YOUR EYES TIGHT is the easy answer.”--CNN.com"Verdon, who hit a home run with his debut novel, THINK OF A NUMBER, has now nailed another one."--Booklist (Starred review)"Absorbing complications, perfect pacing and a conflicted protagonist (endearing for his introspection)...The author's insight, which imbues the story with tremendous humanity, make this a must-read for thriller fans who enjoy tales that are not only gripping but believable." Library Journal (starred review)"Verdon follows THINK OF A NUMBER, his sensational debut featuring retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney, with this standout sequel, set a year later. [The elements:] a bizarre, high-profile murder…an apparent impossibility involving the murder weapon, and once again…a relationship in crisis."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)From the Hardcover edition.