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Shut Your Eyes Tight (Dave Gurney Series #2)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Amazing sophomore effort - highly recommended!

In this sequel to "Think of a Number (Dave Gurney, No.1)," Verdon outdoes himself - his first book was very good - this one is AMAZING!!

Dave Gurney, retired homicide detective with the NYPD, is approached by Jack Hardwick from NYBCI (NY Bureau of Criminal Investiga...
In this sequel to "Think of a Number (Dave Gurney, No.1)," Verdon outdoes himself - his first book was very good - this one is AMAZING!!

Dave Gurney, retired homicide detective with the NYPD, is approached by Jack Hardwick from NYBCI (NY Bureau of Criminal Investigation) with a request. Four months prior, a young woman (Jillian Perry) was murdered on her wedding day - her head cut off with a machete - and while Hardwick originally was running the investigation, a disagreement with his commanding officer over how it should be run led to Hardwick being taken off the case and replaced by Arlo Blatt - those who read the first book will remember that Blatt is ... less than intelligent. Therefore the case has gone nowhere in all that time. Jillian's mother, Val Perry, wants to hire Dave to find the truth about the murder and bring the murderer to justice. Dave quickly discovers many things that had been overlooked or ignored by the BCI; as the case progresses it becomes more twisted, more complex, and Dave finds himself being immersed in a world of sexual abuse and extremely dangerous people.

Like the previous book, there is a running sub-plot regarding Dave's marriage and home life, and enough details are supplied to give the reader a good grasp on the personalities of all people who are introduced in the book.

Verdon's writing, which started out very good, has improved dramatically from his first book to this next one - the transitioning is smoother, the details are maintained in a more orderly fashion, and the writing overall has a higher quality. I believe anyone who enjoys a good mystery, thriller and/or suspense novel - or even just really enjoys a good story - will find this book irresistible. Do yourself a favor and be sure to pick this one up!

posted by Katya_Sozaeva on June 14, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Shut Your Eyes Tight

Retired detective Dave Gurney is asked to look into a murder case that has become cold which has the police stymied. A new bride was beheaded at her wedding reception, in a closed room with no clues or suspects. Originally thought a missing Mexican gardener committed th...
Retired detective Dave Gurney is asked to look into a murder case that has become cold which has the police stymied. A new bride was beheaded at her wedding reception, in a closed room with no clues or suspects. Originally thought a missing Mexican gardener committed the murder but after 4 months, this guy cannot be found. Dave Gurney's investigation leads him into a dangerous world of sexual deviation.

The novel is complex and somewhat long, that at times I was lost. Gurney's character is a fascinating one, but his wife I could have done without. Although, a good thriller, it was a little too heavy for me (I guess I wasn't in the mood to think). It had its twists and turns.

posted by grumpydan on September 20, 2011

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    Posted February 10, 2014

    :)

    Great read! Would have liked more detail pertaining to the lives of those in the Skard family, their business, and the actual murders. Had the basic solution figured out rather early on...just couldn't determine who was who. Then a surprising twist at the end to prove me wrong! Still want to know what Gurney did while "under the influence!!" That ommission was unfair!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

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    The More Things Change

    In his second appearance, retired NYPD detective David Gurney faces an ever-shifting set of “facts” in his effort to solve a bizarre murder case. A bride is found decapitated within moments of her marriage ceremony, and there is absolutely no forensic evidence available. As only a “consultant,” retained by the mother of the bride to find the murderer, Gurney not only faces the challenge of an ingenious adversary, but also the official police investigators who have failed in four months to make any progress in solving the crime.

    The novel is not so much as a murder mystery than a “thriller,” suffused with a series of logical and sometimes illogical assumptions that do little to move the story forward as much as to just muddy the investigation. The juxtaposition of Gurney’s obsession with his craft and his wife’s deep desire to just enjoy their retirement does little to add to the forward movement of the book, except to contribute to its length, which could have been shortened to good effect by some judicious editing. On the whole, however, it is a good story, enlivened by some clever twists, and it is recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

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    Sick Novel Well Written

    The ick factor of this book tempts me to rate it one star. But the fact remains that it is well-written and suspenseful. More warning might be given to the presumed reader of just what the bargain is here. I certainly did not care to enter the world that Verdon creates. But once he has you in the door, it's hard to turn back. Only the hope of some redemption keeps you going. Well, the curiosity factor is big too. Just how sick a world can this author concoct? For that he earns five stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2011

    Excellent read

    Mr Verdon has an incredible vocabulary. Keep your dictionary close by.

    I look forward to his next adventure!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Very exiting - a page turner!

    Kept me wanting more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Enough

    Great plot, keeps u guessing but ENOUGH with Madeline! She and her storyline is Boring. Five stars if Vernon drops the wife!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Great book

    If you liked John Verdon's first Detective Gurney, you are going to love this one. I am officially a fan.

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