Shut Your Eyes Tight : Dave Guerney

  • by John Verdon
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Dave Guerney
  • 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
Except what if, one day, there wasn’t?
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.
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.
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.
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.
With Shut Your Eyes Tight, John Verdon delivers on the promise of his internationally best-selling 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.

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What the Critics Say

"Verdon, who hit a home run with his debut novel, Think of a Number, has now nailed another one." (Booklist)
"Verdon follows Think of a Number, his sensational debut featuring retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney, with this standout sequel, set a year later [with] a bizarre, high-profile murder…an apparent impossibility involving the murder weapon, and once again… a relationship in crisis." (Publishers Weekly)

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Shut Your Eyes Tight

This is the first book I have read by John Verdon and found the book very entertaining. Since Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrarators, I decided to give it a try. I will look for other books by John in the future.
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- Glynda

Great read, without gratuitous violence

With the prurient theme of this book, and the gruesome crime that starts it off, the reader could expect a literal bloodbath of stomach-turning descriptions wallowing in the gore. But Verdon rises considerably above this, and makes it sensational in its academic dissection of the characters and facts to be able to solve this, on the surface, "locked room mystery". The deeper the deceptively literate investigator digs, the more prurient the people and facts become. However, rather than sink into the fore angle, Verdon keeps it on an intellectual level, confining the sanguine aspects to fact status. It is a joy to read, as the narration is so literarily expressive; perhaps not quite in sync with the musings and stream of consciousness of a retired police detective originally from a modest neighborhood in the Bronx. It stretches the bonds of realism, but the thought-provoking exploration of psychology and literature is a delight. The author is gifted in poetic descriptions, and those in-depth sensory descriptions allow the reader to understand and participate, rather than being "told" how the scene was set, or what he saw or felt.

I arbitrarily chose to read this author's second book before the first, figuring that, if I liked his matured effort, it would look at the earlier work. It takes so much more talent to concentrat the energy on the reasons behind, rather an the sensationalization and brutality of the crime. Making this a psychological thriller, while resisting the temptation of easy "gore satisfaction", is a triumph in itself, and more than validates this as a search into the psyche. Most well-known authors can't resist this grabber ploy, and wannabes concentrate on it so much that they produce thin bloodbaths with no depth.

I look forward to more from this fascinating author, as he probes that which is hidden in all of us, as well as his complicated characters. He fairly analyses his own life and relationship, just as he pulls apart others. Great, deep, probing, highly literate psychological thriller.
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- Janels

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-12-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio