[Summary Shut Your Eyes Tight] ebook BY John Verdon

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λύπτει πτυχές του μυστηρίου αλλά ταυτόχρονα βάζει σε κίνδυνο κοντινά του πρόσωπαΈνα αστυνομικό θρίλερ με συνεχείς ανατροπές που προκαλούν δέος και καθιερώνουν τον Verdon ως μετρ του είδους Όταν διαβάσετε τις τελευταίες σελίδες του βιβλίου θα αργήσετε να κλείσετε τα μάτια σας Το κακό παραμονεύει στις σκιέ?. This book is Think of a NumberIt s structurally identical and the plot is so similar as to make the identity of the murderer obvious from very early on assuming you have already read Verdon s first novel which I have So that s a bit disappointing but it s a gripping read anyway because it becomes a howdunnit not a whodunnitYes the way the crime was committed becomes the central mystery and it s compelling enough to make me forgive the otherwise repetitious nature of this seuel but Verdon should look to shake things up for the future Going by the blurb on the back of his third novel he hasn t though

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Shut Your Eyes Tight

?α να αναλάβει δράση ο ντετέκτιβ Ντέιβ ΓκάρνεϊΑν και έχουν περάσει μόνο λίγοι μήνες από την υπόθεση με τους Αριθμούς ο Γκάρνεϊ αποφασίζει να θυσιάσει την ειδυλλιακή ηρεμία του αγροκτήματός του και να αποδυθεί σε έναν αγώνα για τον εντοπισμό του ψυχοπαθούς δολοφόνου Με την αναλυτική μεθοδολογία του ανακα. It s 9PM and I m thinking I ll lay in bed for a bit read and call it a night Gotta get up early wake my daughter up fix her lunch get breakfast ready and then take her to school The book I m reading is John Verdon s latest Let the Devil Sleep The plate that sits on top of the chimney on the roof sends the sound of rain like soft staccato bullets down the chimney chute into the bedroom I hit the power switch on my Kindle and focus on the page before meAfter reading a few hundred detective novels the authors titles and reviews sort of all blend together and honestly if it weren t for my Kindle I wouldn t remember which ones I ve read and which ones I haven t That s not to say that the books are forgettable it s just the conscious mind can only hold that much info and I suck at pulling stuff out of my subconscious at will But I can always remember a character that refuses to disappear into my subconscious When finishing a book I always remember Dave Gurney He doggedly pops into my head as I search for another novel and I think I wish there were another like Dave Gurney series I could start on Or I wonder if Verdon s completed his next book yet And then I search Goodreads to no avail Sucks right the waitingVerdon isn t a prolific writer in the sense of sayJohn Locke who pushes out novels every couple of months some not so great some that are Verdon s only got 3 novels I m aware of and I m reading his thirdShocked I glance up from my book as the soft platter on the chimney has turned into what sounds like an AK 47 ripping apart my house Who said we can t travel between worlds right One moment it s deep into the night and I m watching Gurney s red barn burn down as he wonders which of his investigations would cause an arsonist to lose sleep over his inuiries and the next I m reaching over in bed to turn on my iPhone only to realize it s friggin 2 30AM CrapThat happens a lot with Verdon You just can t put the damned story downIn Verdon s words Detective stories are essentially moral in their orientation not just because the good guy wins but because the structure of the form tends to value objectivity above convenience and truth above personal gain This isn t just a fine polished uote delivered for convenience to satiate an inuiry from the press John Verdon is a pro at translating lessons from his own life into stories that ll cause some serious introspecting of your own Verdon in fact is the master of deception Living is about discovery so are his thrillers Mystery novels mirror the complexity of relationships Dave Gurney holds complex relationships He is a man with secrets never completely truthful with himself and others He is constantly conflicted by his own self deceptions even as he struggles to minimize the conseuences that result in his isolation Dave Gurney is singular In mystery novels the mystery comes in the form of deception just as our personal lives harbor deception we tell ourselves little lies little rationalizations so that we can feel better and sometimes we come to believe the lies as truth Villains experience the same they come to believe their deceptions as the truth and then act on that truth Gurney destroys deceptions is after truthand he does not leave himself exempt from this process As Verndon says I lie to have and end up being lessWhat makes Verdon different in this genre is his grasp of characterization of motivation and of the nature of the relationship between foreground and background In the foreground we have our mystery the crime and the conseuences of that on the architecture and inhabitants of the hidden city the agenda and the detective pursuing that agenda In the background we have the life of Gurney his son his enigmatic wife Madeleine his parental responsibility his guilt his isolation driven by truth in spite of being married his eternal struggle between empathy and objectivity I know of no other author who has such a grasp of the complexity of the mind Both cerebral and inordinantly violent the Gurney series stand out well above most other authorsI read the damned book until it was done and accepted the conseuences of it the next dayIf you ve read this review of the Dave Gurney series than you ve read em all

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Κράτα τα μάτια σου κλειστάΜια έκπληξη σε περιμένειΗ Τζίλιαν Πέρι ένα κακομαθημένο πλουσιοκόριτσο παντρεύεται τον διάσημο ψυχίατρο Σκοτ Άστον Μπροστά της ανοίγεται ένας ευτυχισμένος δρόμος όμως κατά τη διάρκεια της γαμήλιας δεξίωσης βρίσκεται άγρια δολοφονημένη Τα στοιχεία οδηγούν σε αδιέξοδοΕίναι ώ?. I enjoyed Verdon s first novel Think of a Number so much that I immediately got hold of a copy of this book a follow up story featuring retired NYPD cop Dave Gurney The background is that Dave retired from the force in his late forties after having enjoyed a glittering career as a star detective He is highly logical in his approach and loves the challenge of solving complex puzzles He s now living in the Catskills in upstate NY with his wife Madeleine She wants Dave to stop resurrecting his career as a master crime solver and enjoy retirement in this rural idyll There is certainly a degree of tension here and it adds an interesting second layer to these stories particularly as Madeleine is the ueen of the caustic one liner Another great element is the involvement of an ex colleague of Gurney s Jack Hardwick whose gruff no nonsense outpourings conflict nicely with Dave s considered articulations At times their exchanges had me laughing out loudHere Dave is asked to take a look at the case of a decapitated bride It seems that the unfortunate victim had her head separated from her body on her wedding day A strange case indeed And having visited the scene of the crime and reviewed the video recordings of the day s events Dave remains confused as to what actually took place It seems that a Mexican immigrant who had be working with the wealthy bridegroom is the man in the frame but he s gone missing and there are a number of strands to the investigation that don t uite marry up for Gurney The cast here are a wacky bunch and the whole thing is written in a slightly tongue in cheek fashion and yet the mystery is an intriguing one and it sucked me in very early onI suppose I could say that I somewhat predicted how this one would turn out but there were also a number of surprises that I d not foreseen It s a satisfying crime romp in it s own right based purely on the plotline but the real pleasure here is in the uality of the story telling the development of the lead characters and in their interactions I really think that Verdon is a class act In his first two books he s demonstrated an ability to create complex storylines replete with an interestingly diverse cast of characters and in Gurney he has brought to life someone I definitely want to see of In fact I ve already secured copies of books 3 and 4 and I have a feeling I ll work through the rest of the series in pretty short order If you enjoy Jeffery Deaver Lawrence Block or John Sandford but haven t yet sampled these books then I d definitely say it s something worth thinking about


10 thoughts on “Shut Your Eyes Tight

  1. says:

    I enjoyed Verdon’s first novel Think of a Number so much that I immediately got hold of a copy of this book a follow up story featuring retired NYPD cop Dave Gurney The background is that Dave retired from the force in his late forties after having enjoyed a glittering career as a star detective He is highly logical in his approa

  2. says:

    This is the 2nd book in the series and all I can say is that I love this author He knows how to ratchet up the tension If you like mysteries I highly recommend this series although I would start with book 1 because the case Dave Gurney was on in that book is mentioned a lot in this book Plus it's a damn good book IMO

  3. says:

    When Dave Gurney retired from the NYPD as a decorated homicide detective and moved to an isolated country farm he thought he was putting his old

  4. says:

    This is the second book I've read by this author and the plots are gripping and the main character although conforms pretty closely to the stereotypical male lead that bores me isn't at all annoying There is one thing that bothered me in this book and in the first and I felt compelled to RANT about it The main character's relationship with his wife doesn't make any sense to me According to him she is insightful and lo

  5. says:

    John Verdon's Dave Gurney is a nicely developed character I've come to appreciate in this series He's a retired NYC detective with lots of past success a nice post retirement with his wife in a bucolic country setting outside the city

  6. says:

    It's 9PM and I'm thinking I'll lay in bed for a bit read and call it a night Gotta get up early wake my daughter

  7. says:

    This is a heavy duty thrillercrime fictionmystery It involves serial killers and crimes which are among the most depraved one can read or know about But the fact it's Dave Gurney investigating lightens the load somewhatRetired homici

  8. says:

    This book is Think of a NumberIt's structurally identical and the plot is so similar as to make the identity of the murderer obvious from very early on assuming you have already read Verdon's first novel which I have So that's a bit disappointing but it's a gripping read anyway because it becomes a howdunnit?

  9. says:

    710 As others have noted this would be much better if it were a hundred pages shorter His writing can be uite good at times and I see unrealized

  10. says:

    After two books in this series I'm beginning to see a pattern Dave Gurney is still trying to retire as a cop and his wife is very encouraging

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