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Let the Devil Sleep | [John Verdon]

Let the Devil Sleep

The most decorated homicide detective in NYPD history, Dave Gurney, is trying to adjust to his life of quasi-retirement 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 10 years before involved a series of roadside shootings and a rage-against-the-rich manifesto.
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The most decorated homicide detective in NYPD history, Dave Gurney, is trying to adjust to his life of quasi-retirement 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 10 years before involved a series of roadside shootings and a rage-against-the-rich manifesto.

The killings ceased, and a consensus opinion developed that no one would dream of challenging - except Dave Gurney. Mocked even by some who'd been his supporters in previous investigations, Dave realizes that the killer is too clever to be found. The only gambit that may work is also the most dangerous - to make himself a target and get the killer to come to him.

©2012 John Verdon (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • alan
    Canvey Island, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Dave Gurney returns!"

    This is the third outing for Dave Gurney, the retired, highly respected, New York detective.

    I'd read/listened to the two previous offerings and couldn’t wait for the third book to become available in the UK.

    Fans of Dave will not be disappointed by this latest offering and I urge new listeners to try him too.

    It is read by the excellent Jeff Harding (who also narrates Lee Child's Jack Reacher stories)

    If you enjoy the books of Lee Child, Robert Crais and John Connelly then this author is for you!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • glenda
    Nailsea, United Kingdom
    6/7/13
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    "Excellent book"

    I think "Let the Devil Sleep" should come under the heading of an unputdownable book. I tried to stagger my listening over a period of time but it didn't work. Now I am listening to it all over again. Jeff Harding is brilliant in his narration. He has the ability to be able to change his voice to suit his subject with great ease which leaves you in no doubt as to who the character is. I would seriously recommend this audio book, it is a brilliant listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pipp
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    7/28/15
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    "great read crime thriller John Verdon"
    Where does Let the Devil Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is second book i read by this author he is good


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favourite?

    i look for jeff harding books with him narrator


    Any additional comments?

    good listen / read excellent looking for another from same author / narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crime Fiction Groupie
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    7/7/15
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    "Not quite as good as #1 and #2"

    For some reason, this one didn't gel quite as well as the first two - and I am struggling to work out why. The story seemed more perfunctory, and maybe more formulaic. Some of the details also didn't get carried through - for example, his concern for Kim's safety all the way through until the end, where he packed her off to a hotel, and she was pretty much forgotten for the rest of it.

    I liked Madeleine more in this book (softer) but didn't like Hardwick as much as in #2. And I was interested by Gurney's character development after the troubles he experienced in #2. Although I'm not sure I'm convinced by his continued death-wish. You'd think after the first two books, he might have a healthier regard for his own life, especially with the increased family ties in this book.

    I see from the Amazon reviews of #4 in the series that its very poorly regarded, and there doesn't appear to be an audio version. I may try and find a paper version, but perhaps I won't and will just leave this as a really enjoyable trilogy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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