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Could a nightmare be used as a murder weapon? That's the provocative question confronting Gurney in the thrilling new installment in this series of international bestsellers. The former NYPD star homicide detective is called upon to solve a baffling puzzle: Four people who live in different parts of the country and who seem to have little in common, report having had the same dream - a terrifying nightmare involving a bloody dagger with a carved wolf's head on the handle. All four are subsequently found with their wrists cut - apparent suicides - and the weapon used in each case was a wolf's head dagger.

Police zero in quickly on Richard Hammond, a controversial psychologist who conducts hypnotherapy sessions at a spooky old Adirondack inn called Wolf Lake Lodge. It seems that each of the victims had gone there to meet with Hammond shortly before turning up dead.

Troubled by odd holes in the official approach to the case, Gurney begins his own investigation - an action that puts him in the crosshairs of not only an icy murderer and the local police but the darkest corner of the federal government. As ruthless as the blizzard trapping him in the sinister eeriness of Wolf Lake, Gurney's enemies set out to keep him from the truth at any cost - including an all-out assault on the sanity of his beloved wife Madeleine.

With his emotional resources strained to the breaking point, Gurney must throw himself into a deadly battle of wits with the most frightening opponent he has ever faced.

Wolf Lake is the new work by a writer hailed by the New York Times as "masterly" - and it furthers the adventures of Dave Gurney, a detective reviewers have compared to Sherlock Holmes.

©2016 John Verdon (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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This one gets a little gruesome!

John Vernon returned to his original Dave Gurney character with this book. After returning the last book I was skeptical and it took me over a year with this book in my wish list before I purchased it. I am happy to say that I am keeping this one and am sorry I waited so long!
A $1,000 per night for a room at a lodge located in upstate NY and an intensive therapy session with the resident shrink. You wouldn't expect the guests to then go home and commit suicide. That's how it's supposed to look until Gurney is hired to look into four almost identical deaths.
This is a good mystery that borders on a horror story towards the end. There's a blizzard, the cars have been tampered with so they can't be driven, miles from anywhere, electricity goes out and there's a killer on the loose with an axe killing who ever is still there. Of course there's more then one suspect and for the series to continue Gurney must figure out who before it's too late.
Christopher Lane does an excellent job narrating.
Very entertaining and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 07-18-16

John Verdon is back!

Loved the first two in this series but had been a tad disappointed with the last one (Peter Pan). So glad to see Mr. Verdon is back in this one. With clever explanations that you simply didn't see coming (but could have), tons of interesting (if improbable) characters, and fun dialogue. Highly entertaining. And the reader is pretty good as well.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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I'd rather see the movie

There is no movie but I think it would have made a good one. It's a true detective drama that get has a deep focus on the steps of the trade. The narrator was fantastic. I really like his voice as Gurney. The challenge was keeping up with all of the details while listening as I work and the long wait for action. However all the details can be visualized in the read and the watching of the movie. Listening to it leaves a lot of gaps in my imagination of the story.

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interesting and unpredictable

story was hard to piece together until the main character revealed it. good story but far fetched.

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  • L. K.
  • Tennessee
  • 07-18-16

Intelligent Thriller - Kept Me Guessing!

Love this author's clever mysteries. Wolf Lake is one of his best.
Also, Dave"s complicated relationship with his wife is always intriguing. Dave and the reader can never quite figure out Maddie. However, the intricate and unique plots keep the reader stumped to the end. Highly recommended to those suffering from locked room mystery burn out.

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I have really enjoyed this series

The writing is good. The characters and the stories are complex. The main character is frequently engaged in self examination, but not in a pedantic or self pitying way. He's an introvert and he knows it. He is obviously intelligent and the author lets us follow his train of thought as the clues come in. He's flawed and he gets reminded of it in various ways throughout the books because what he does places him in danger. But ultimately he views his purpose in life is to solve puzzling crimes and goes ahead anyway because that's who he is. The characters around him, especially his wife, come to accept his way of being slowly.

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Another John Verdon total success!

The latest novel in his detective series once again sophisticated, well-crafted and 21st century up to date. Another excellent and exciting page turner.

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average book

this book plods along with an average narrator driving the audio experience. the characters never quite seem to materialize into anything really meaningful. the husband wife dimension that pervades the entire book gets really tiresome. the wrap up is probably the best part but getting there is just a little too much effort. pass.

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  • JG
  • Atlanta, GA United States
  • 09-14-16

A good entry, but with some Scooby-Doo twists

What did you love best about Wolf Lake?

The setting/atmosphere. I really like the remote, isolated location. It's sort of a new take on the "murder mystery in a mansion" story line.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Christopher Lane?

I'm not a big fan of this narrator. I also listened to his rendition of 'The Last Ship' and sometimes a narrator just bugs you for no good reason.

Any additional comments?

Overall I enjoyed Wolf Lake. It's not the strongest entry in the Dave Gurney series. First, the hypnotism-as-weapon angle, I feel, has been done before. Granted, this was a new take on it and the resolution does make it much easier to digest...but I guess I just am not a big fan of any story line involving hypnotism and trances as a major plot device. Second, some of the antagonist elements in the novel are frankly too much to buy. Without giving it away, some of the actions they take and devices they use feel a bit too "Scooby Doo"...more fantastic than realistic. I suppose I feel like half of the opposition was almost completely unnecessary to the story. The primary antagonist was all we really needed.

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Challenging story lines

The story was a little hard to follow with many plots. I found it difficult to follow and to keep the characters straight. If you could ignore some of this it was an entertaining read. It was better near the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-15-17

What a disappointment.

Loved the first two Gurney novels...endured the third, returned the fourth. The new narrator reads like this is the first time he's seen the words and I don't care about the absolutely uninteresting minutiae of Gurney's marriage to his painful wife. I want a murder mystery, not an Aga saga. Beyond disappointed.

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  • byronedwards
  • 06-14-17

New narrator

What did you like most about Wolf Lake?

Just like to say to anyone worried about having a new narrator - I prefer Christopher Lane reading this book. Jeff Harding is excellent too, but I kept getting pulled out of the story due to hearing Jack Reacher's verbal mannerisms. If you don't listen to the Reacher books it's a moot point - but for all the Reacher fans out there, you know what I mean :)

What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He's a solid narrator, and a plus that he doesn't sound like Jack Reacher :)

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  • Junie
  • 04-20-17

Hooked from the opening page

Would you consider the audio edition of Wolf Lake to be better than the print version?

The setting in a remote location in formidable weather helps to build an atmosphere of isolation and supense. The characters are believeable, really well drawn and the story unfolded with some surprises. Listening to it made these elements all the more enjoyable.

What other book might you compare Wolf Lake to, and why?

The premise is similar to groups of people in an isolated location and who are in danger, some meeting grisly ends. Along the lines of The House on Haunted Hill. Dark Matter also evokes this kind of atmosphere.

What three words best describe Christopher Lane’s performance?

The wrong narrator<br/><br/>

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, absolutely.

Any additional comments?

Will certainly read more books by this author, an excellent first experience.

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  • S. Rifflart
  • 11-05-16

This wolf howls with excellence

I've listened to all of the Dave Gurney tales and they are wonderfully twisty and full of excellent characters
I would have give 5 stars for narration but I prefer Jeff Harding who performed all the others

0 of 2 people found this review helpful