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The most decorated homicide detective in NYPD history, Dave Gurney, is trying to adjust to his life of quasi-retirement when a young woman who is producing a documentary on a notorious murder spree seeks his counsel. Soon after, Gurney begins feeling threatened: a razor-sharp hunting arrow lands in his yard, and he narrowly escapes serious injury in a booby-trapped basement. As things grow more bizarre, he finds himself reexamining the case of The Good Shepherd, which 10 years before involved a series of roadside shootings and a rage-against-the-rich manifesto.

The killings ceased, and a consensus opinion developed that no one would dream of challenging - except Dave Gurney. Mocked even by some who'd been his supporters in previous investigations, Dave realizes that the killer is too clever to be found. The only gambit that may work is also the most dangerous - to make himself a target and get the killer to come to him.

©2012 John Verdon (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Lia
  • 23-09-2018

3.5 Stars This Book Not As Good As The First Two

John Verdon starts off with an intriguing mystery which goes downhill the minute he starts rehashing the same marital woes of the Gurneys. It could be cut by 100 pages just by concentrating on the mystery itself and giving the other short shrift. Madeline is an uptight, passive-aggressive women who should by now have had enough of her husband's thoughtless, self-centered actions. Just let her blow off steam instead of this constant dance back and forth. Dave can't possibly be the smartest detective ever on the force, (as each book tells us) because he always ends up making a stupid, life-threatening decision in order to capture the bad guy. This is the third time in a row he just missed being on the coroner's slab. Neither one of them are very appealing people, and they sure don't have a happy marriage. That aside, this was a pretty good set-up but it got way over the top at the end. Situations where police protection would have been in place to stop a very predictable murder were left out and that kind of fell flat. The outcome and the reason for the killer's actions were pretty flimsy and a letdown.

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  • alan
  • 07-04-2013

Dave Gurney returns!

This is the third outing for Dave Gurney, the retired, highly respected, New York detective.

I'd read/listened to the two previous offerings and couldn’t wait for the third book to become available in the UK.

Fans of Dave will not be disappointed by this latest offering and I urge new listeners to try him too.

It is read by the excellent Jeff Harding (who also narrates Lee Child's Jack Reacher stories)

If you enjoy the books of Lee Child, Robert Crais and John Connelly then this author is for you!

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  • glenda
  • 07-06-2013

Excellent book

I think "Let the Devil Sleep" should come under the heading of an unputdownable book. I tried to stagger my listening over a period of time but it didn't work. Now I am listening to it all over again. Jeff Harding is brilliant in his narration. He has the ability to be able to change his voice to suit his subject with great ease which leaves you in no doubt as to who the character is. I would seriously recommend this audio book, it is a brilliant listen.

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  • Tanya
  • 07-10-2018

Not as enjoyable as the first book

Although I enjoyed the book, it was not as good as the first book. I found the young female very irritating and the connections between everyone a bit rushed. NarratIon ok on this one. Please no more wifey holding pasta or making a salad. I’m going to give the next few a miss for a while. 6/10

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  • Ingridula
  • 11-06-2017

A really great read!

I enjoyed this book very much. Jeff Harding reads extremely well in my opinion and I regularly search for new books based on his performance. This story was engaging with great characters and plenty of suspense. I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Mandy Dockery
  • 20-03-2017

A tad on the dull side.

I listened to all of this book just waiting for it to get exciting- unfortunately it didn't. The last chapter was great but only because it was the last chapter. Sorry but not for me.

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  • Louise
  • 10-10-2016

Another Brilliant Listen

I'm picking books a new way as I've run out of authors so going with anything read by Jeff Harding - John Vardon doesn't disappoint can't wait to read more. Great characters, well written enthralling plots. So far my strategy is paying off.

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  • kegsy0
  • 30-09-2016

Let the devil sleep

Another great book by john verdon. This was his third that I've heard and cant wait fir the next to come out in Dave Gurney's series

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  • MAGGS
  • 26-05-2016

Dave Gurney getting himself in trouble again

Harry Bosch - love the detective thrillers
I've read all 3 Dave Gurney books & have enjoyed them.
The retired decorated NYPD detective who never seems to be retired for long before he dragged back into another murder.
Jeff Harding brilliant as ever

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  • Philip Elwell
  • 21-03-2016

Griping

Story that carried me along all the way through with strong characters woven into a great plot

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  • JOHN
  • 28-07-2015

great read crime thriller John Verdon

Where does Let the Devil Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this is second book i read by this author he is good

Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favourite?

i look for jeff harding books with him narrator

Any additional comments?

good listen / read excellent looking for another from same author / narrator