Peter Pan Must Die (Dave Gurney Series #4)

Peter Pan Must Die (Dave Gurney Series #4)

by John Verdon


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ISBN-13: 9780385348409
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Series: Dave Gurney Series , #4
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

JOHN VERDON is a former Manhattan advertising executive who lives with his wife in the mountains of upstate New York.  His first three Dave Gurney novels, Think of a Number, Shut Your Eyes Tight, and Let the Devil Sleep, are all international bestsellers.

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Peter Pan Must Die: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
Have enjoyed all of his books.  A new favorite author.   Don't miss this one!! Excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another in the Gurney series is a can't put down page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book wad hard to put down because it captures your attention from page 1. John Verdon is a great author and I look forward to many more books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story a lot but would have felt better if the Detective had been called in at the start of the murders instead of wading back through everything, including all the trials, after the fact. The ending was terrific and made me chuckle even though an awful lot of murders happened in this story. As much as I love Peter Pan, this one was far from being liked much less clapped for, for his recovery. I rated it a 4* basically because my copy was printed in such a light gray that it was almost impossible to read and at 440 pages, that’s a lot of reading!
Kiihele More than 1 year ago
I actually enjoyed this book. I was a little put off at first by the title but it was full of interesting plot twists and characters you could either love or hate. All in all, a fun read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story, but felt it would have benefitted by being about 100 pages shorter...far to much talk, describing scenes and reviewing discussions already reviewed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Verdon delivers again in the series involving Dave Gurney.
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gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth entry in the series featuring retired NYPD detective David Gurney who, according to New York magazine, is “the most successful homicide dick in the history of the Big Apple.” Now in his late 40’s, he and his second wife, Madeleine, live on an old farmhouse in the rural Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, leaving New York City three years earlier (“the city where they’d both been born, raised, educated, and employed”) after 25 years on the job. Dave has agreed to help out his old friend, Jack Hardwick, with whom he has a long and somewhat fraught history: Jack had had a ‘forced departure” from the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation after a difficult case they had worked on together. (Hardwick is described as having “a sharp mind and sound investigative instincts . . . concealed behind a relentless eagerness to offend.”) This case is much more than just difficult: Hardwick is now a p.i., his first client being a woman who has been convicted of killing her husband – well, convicted of shooting him, at his mother’s funeral, following which he died during her trial, with the charges of course being changed to murder. Hardwick’s job, with Dave’s assistance, is to prove that the woman was framed and that the cop in charge of the investigation, either willfully or negligently, completely mishandled the case, including but not limited to hiding evidence and suborning perjury. Jack tells him that the case has everything: “Horror, hate, gangsters, politics, big money, big lies, and maybe just a little bit of incest.” As the case evolves, Dave’s propensity for putting himself in life-threatening situations is tested once again. This is a fascinating mystery, wonderfully well-written, with a unique plot. The villain of the piece is the eponymous little elf himself, but discovering his actual corporeal identity proves a very difficult task. The first reference to the elf comes in Part Two, appropriately headed “Peter Pan,” nearly a quarter-way into the book, with nothing more about him until even further on. But as things proceed, the book centers on the monstrous human who bears that nickname, who appears to be a sadistic serial killer. I was hesitant, even fearful, as I reached Part Three (ominously headed “All the Evil in the World), but that quickly changed as I soon found I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The author explores the question of whether “the patterns we perceive are determined by the stories we want to believe,” and states that “In the real world of crime and punishment - - as in all human endeavors - - objectivity is an illusion. Survival itself demands that we leap to conclusions.” And he makes a very good case. The three prior novels in this series were all very well received, and I have no doubt that this one will be as well. Despite its length, it is a page-turner, and is highly recommended.
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Twink More than 1 year ago
John Verdon has just released Peter Pan Must Die, the fourth book in his Dave Gurney series. I've been a fan from Verdon's first release, Think of a Number. Dave Gurney is a retired NYPD homicide detective, who had one of the highest clear rates in the department. Now, he and his wife Madeleine have moved to the country. Madeleine has embraced the change, but Dave can't seem to let his past life go. He's been approached over the past few years to help solve the unsolvable. He can't seem to say no, despite the danger that pursuing answers brings to his doorstep. Jack Hardwick (another recurring character) has left law enforcement to hang out his shingle as a private detective. His fledgling case is that of a woman already convicted of murdering her husband. He's been hired to re investigate the case - and he wants Dave's help. Dave agrees to have a look, but doesn't commit until... "It was little more that the clicking together of the first two pieces of a five-hundred-piece puzzle, but it felt good. A click was a click. And the first click had a special power." Sometimes a crime series has characters or plot as its strength. In Verdon's case, its both. Dave Gurney is a wonderful character. His puzzle solving skills, his reasoning and his careful, analytical mind make solving case along side of him great reading. It is intriguing to follow along with his thought processes as he links together seemingly disparate incidents and clues. But this character is not one dimensional. Instead Verdon also explores Gurney's psyche and the reasons he constantly puts himself in danger. This drive for answers also exposes his loved ones to danger, especially Madeleine. I've come to appreciate Dave as a person more over the course of the last three books. But, I have to say that I really, really enjoy Madeleine. Her view of life, her intelligence, her joy in everything she she sees and does makes her my favourite. The relationship between her and Dave has been explored further with every entry in this series and is as much of interest to this reader as the cases. As Dave says: " Our minds work differently. I get into something and just sort of stay in it. Madeleine has a way of changing her focus, of paying total attention to whatever's in front of her - adapting to the moment. She's always present, if you know what I mean." Verdon does a spectacular job with his plotting. Where you think the story will go is turned around several times over the course of the book. A few plot devices seemed a bit far fetched, but didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. I quite enjoy this series and will be watching for number five. You could read any of the books as a stand alone, but I bet you'll be hunting down the other three!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But too much Madeleine, Madeleine, Madeleine!!! Dave Gurney is the main protaginist, not his meddling, airhead wife!! This distracted you from a smooth story line. Far too many useless scenery descriptions. Pages and pages wasted on "the wet green sweet smelling tall glorious, blowing in the wind grass". Who cares!