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Shut your eyes tight : a novel / John Verdon.

By: Verdon, John.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Verdon, John, Dave Gurney: 02.Dave Gurney: 2.Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2011Description: 509 pages ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780307717894 (hbk.); 0307717895 (hbk.); 9780307717917 (ebk.); 0307717917 (ebk.).Subject(s): Detectives -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction | Police -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Gurney, Dave (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Detectives -- Fiction | New York (N.Y.) -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction. | Thrillers (Fiction) DDC classification: VER Summary: Superstar detective Dave Gurney's renewed efforts to retire are halted by the brutal murder of a young bride at her wedding reception, a crime subsequently linked to a brilliant criminal who targets Gurney's family to further his agendas.
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When he was the NYPD's top homicide investigator, Dave Gurney was never comfortable with the label the press gave him: super detective. He was simply a man who, when faced with a puzzle, wanted to know. He was called to the investigative hunt by the presumptuous arrogance of murderers - by their smug belief that they could kill without leaving a trace. There was always a trace, Gurney believed.<br> <br> Except what if one day there wasn't? <br> <br> Dave Gurney, a few months past the Mellery case that pulled him out of retirement and then nearly killed him, is trying once again to adjust to his country house's bucolic rhythms when he receives a call about a case so seductively bewildering that the thought of not looking into it seems unimaginable--even if his beloved wife, Madeleine, would rather he do anything but.<br> <br> The facts of what has occurred are horrible: a blushing bride, newly wed to an eminent psychiatrist and just minutes from hearing her congratulatory toast, is found decapitated, her head apparently severed by a machete. Though police investigators believe that a Mexican gardener killed the young woman in a fit of jealous fury, the victim's mother--a chilly high-society beauty--is having none of it. Reluctantly drawn in, Dave is quickly buffeted by a series of revelations that transform the bizarrely monstrous into the monstrously bizarre.  <br> <br> Underneath it all may exist one of the darkest criminal schemes imaginable. And as Gurney begins deciphering its grotesque outlines, some of his most cherished assumptions about himself are challenged, causing him to stare into an abyss so deep that it threatens to swallow not just him but Madeleine, too.<br> Desperate to protect Madeleine and bring an end to the madness, Gurney ultimately discovers that the killer has left a trace after all. Unfortunately, the revelation may come too late to save his own life.<br> <br> With Shut Your Eyes Tight, John Verdon delivers on the promise of his internationally bestselling debut, Think of a Number, creating a portrait of evil let loose across generations that is as rife with moments of touching humanity as it is with spellbinding images of perversity.

Superstar detective Dave Gurney's renewed efforts to retire are halted by the brutal murder of a young bride at her wedding reception, a crime subsequently linked to a brilliant criminal who targets Gurney's family to further his agendas.

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Library Journal Review

As in Verdon's outstanding debut thriller (Think of a Number), retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney once again, to the dismay of his wife, gets pulled into a bizarre murder case. What starts with the beheading of a bride on her wedding day results in a series of mind-boggling clues that stymie investigators. Police efforts ground to a halt after four months, and Gurney is hired by the bride's wealthy mother to get the case moving again. Why would Scott Ashton, an older celebrity psychiatrist, wealthy in his own right, marry a spoiled, rich girl who is clearly a sociopath? And why would the psychiatrist's gardener, a man he'd molded, Pygmalion-like, from an itinerant worker into a do-it-all assistant, apparently behead the bride during the reception? And what do these events and other murders have to do with a lost Elizabethan play and its author, whose name has become the nom de crime of a sophisticated serial killer? To find out, Gurney will risk his life and marriage. Verdict Absorbing complications, perfect pacing, a conflicted protagonist (endearing for his introspection), and the author's insight, which imbues the story with tremendous humanity, make this a must-read for thriller fans who enjoy tales that are not only gripping but believable. [See Prepub Alert, 1/17/11.]-Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Verdon follows Think of a Number, his sensational debut featuring retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney, with this standout sequel, set a year later. A bizarre, high-profile murder near Gurney's Catskills home puts his already shaky marriage to the test. Four months earlier, "controversial hotshot psychiatrist" Scott Ashton went looking for his spoiled rich-girl bride, Jillian Perry, after he noticed she was missing from their wedding reception at his lavish estate. Ashton discovered her decapitated body sitting in a chair, with her head posed on a table, in the gardener's cottage. The police, who found a machete covered with the victim's blood in the nearby woods, are sure the killer is Ashton's trusted Mexican gardener, Hector Flores, who disappeared after the brutal crime. Perry's eccentric mother, who's unsparing in recounting her daughter's emotional problems, gives Gurney a blank check to locate Flores. Verdon tosses in an apparent impossibility involving the murder weapon, and once again sensitively depicts a relationship in crisis. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Beautiful bride Jillian Ashton is ritualistically decapitated at her own garden wedding reception. Her psychiatrist husband's Mexican gardener disappears, and the plodding police response is simply to roust every Latino male in New York's Catskill region. Convinced the police are bunglers, the bride's foul-mouthed, trophy-wife mother hires brilliant, retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney t. consult. and Gurney begins to discover new information that marks the brutal murder as just one part of a monstrous enterprise. Verdon, who hit a home run with his debut novel, Think of a Number (2010)has now nailed another one. Gurney is still uneasy with retirement, and the edgy dynamic of his marriage to Madeleine remains. Madeleine's dialogue is particularly well written, often oblique and double-edged. Many of the characters developed so effectively in the first book, e.g., politically ambitious DA Sheldon Kline and seductive gallery owner Sonya Reynolds, return with their edges intact. New characters, ranging from Catskill gentry to bitter, disaffected white trash, are also sharply drawn. Red herrings come thick and fast in the labyrinthine plot, and the suspense builds until the violent denouement. But it is the nature of the criminal conspiracy utterly vile, fantastic, and yet curiously plausible that will have crime readers willingly losing sleep.--Gaughan, Thoma. Copyright 2010 Booklist