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"It’s always a pleasure to watch a keen mind absorbed in a difficult puzzle, which is how Dave Gurney distinguishes himself in John Verdon’s tricky whodunits." (The New York Times)

"Verdon’s novels, now read in twenty languages, feature serpentine plots, heightening suspense, skillfully developed characters, and a rich sense of place." (Booklist, starred review) 

Tensions have been running high in White River as it approaches the anniversary of a fatal shooting of a black motorist by a local police officer. The economically depressed, racially polarized city is on edge, confronted with angry demonstrations, arson, and looting. In the midst of the turmoil, a White River police officer is shot dead by an unknown sniper. As the town spirals out of control, local authorities approach Dave Gurney to conduct an independent investigation of the shooting.

The situation in White River becomes truly explosive as more killings occur in what appears to be an escalating sequence of retaliations. But when Gurney questions the true nature of all this bloodshed, and zeroes in on peculiar aspects of the individual murders, his involvement is suddenly terminated. Obsessed with evidence that doesn't support the official version of events, Gurney cannot let go of the case. Despite intense opposition from the police, as well as from dangerous fanatics lurking in the shadows, he begins to uncover an astonishing structure of deception - learning that nothing in White River it what it seems to be.

White River Burning is the most provocative and timely book yet by the author hailed by The New York Times as "masterly."

©2018 John Verdon (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Layers upon layers...

The bodies pile up in this one! For anyone who hasn't read any of John
Verdon's previous books, his protagonist (Dave Gurney) is a retired NYC detective. He's moved to upstate NY to get away from his previous life and lifestyle because he was an obsessive detective who could not let a case go without solving it. His wife (Madeline) wanted a husband she could grow old with and not fear for his life daily. It doesn't work out quite the way she had hoped.
Verdon's books are all stand alone but if you've never listened to anything written by him I would suggest listening to THINK OF A NUMBER first, only because I think that is the best book he has ever written!
Gurney is what every victim wants in a detective, he doesn't give up.
This book starts out going in one direction but all is not what it appears. When the police and the DA decide they have the person responsible for a racially motivated crime Gurney doesn't agree and is fired. He is the only one who sees that they have tunnel vision and can't see beyond what what a killer wants them to see. Eventually he's proven right and back on.
Christopher Lane does an excellent job narrating.
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McGuffins, Blind Alleys, & Misdirection Galore

Like all of John Verdon's novels, this one was so extraordinarily good, I kept being torn between never wanting it to end, and wanting it to end immediately just to end the exquisite tension that Verdon so masterfully creates.

I'm looking forward to the screen adaptation of Think of a Number. It will be interesting to see who the studio picks to play Dave Gurney. My vote would go to Liam Neeson.

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another great John Verdon book

This book is excellent. The author addresses the political and social issues that have divided this country since the most recent presidential election. A great read

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Great Mystery

Great Mystery that I listened to endlessly. Kept me guessing right to the end. Astonishing!

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  • David F.
  • 07-22-18

I wish choosing my next book was as easy as this every time

I’m not one for writing a review, I listen easier than I offer an opinion, and I have listened to many many books. Having read (by ear) so many books I’m starting to struggle to find my next read (I started and failed to finish my last two). THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE. As soon as I pressed play i found it difficult to stop. It’s not your normal cop/murderer read where you can guess the likely finale. Having listened to the previous titles (which you must do chronologically) I can really see in my mind every regular character, particularly Jack....no spoilers. This is an author that is as addictive as nicotine.... only not as harmful!

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