Let the Devil Sleep

Let the Devil Sleep

A Dave Gurney Novel

Book - 2012
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"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."--Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Crown Pub., c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307717924
Branch Call Number: MYS Verd
Characteristics: 449 p. ; 25 cm


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Jan 27, 2016

Book number 3. All in all an extremely well crafted book, a good page turner and with credible characters. The only disappointment I find is the weak ending. I would have liked a more 'credible' culprit. The fireworks aside, the ending is a dud. It could have been one of the FBI guys, one of the cops, or even Connie for that matter. Anyone but who the author chose. After a while you could almost see that Gurney was losing the battle. And the only way he could find to get the murderer to reveal himself was to flesh him out in the most non-Gurney way, thus the weak ending.

ehbooklover Jul 28, 2013

Another engrossing thriller by Verdon that kept me guessing until the very end. I love how his books are not just page-turners, but are also full of three-dimensional lead characters who evolve and grow throughout the series. But if I’m being honest, I could’ve done without the character of Kim, who is a weak and constantly whining mess.

Sep 23, 2012

This is mostly on par with his first two books, which means that there's an interesting plot with clever intricacies that are undone in the end in disappointing fashion. I should be used to this but I was hoping that Verdon would read some of the negative critiques of his previous books and try to improve. But Verdon must have blinders on, much like those used by horses.

One thing that really annoyed me was the constant blasphemy. I'm not Christian but I was really getting fed up by the frequent use of "Jesus" or "Christ." I know a lot of authors do this but it's nowhere as often as Verdon's usage.

Once again the cold, distant interaction between Gurney and his wife is distracting and depressing. The ending is farcical and I've given up hope that Verdon will turn things around and write something more straighforward and less irritating.

In the end it's not worth recommending.

Sep 05, 2012

I couldn't finish this which is very rare for me. I just didn't believe the premise that Gurney would willingly give up his time for a young (kind of annoying) journalism student & get involved in her affairs. Really disappointing as I loved this author's first two books which both contained intricate, original mysteries that kept you turning the pages long after bedtime.


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