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Wolf Lake

A Novel
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Series: Dave Guerney, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
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Could a nightmare be used as a murder weapon? That's the provocative question confronting Gurney in the thrilling new installment in this series of international bestsellers. The former NYPD star homicide detective is called upon to solve a baffling puzzle: Four people who live in different parts of the country and who seem to have little in common, report having had the same dream - a terrifying nightmare involving a bloody dagger with a carved wolf's head on the handle. All four are subsequently found with their wrists cut - apparent suicides - and the weapon used in each case was a wolf's head dagger.

Police zero in quickly on Richard Hammond, a controversial psychologist who conducts hypnotherapy sessions at a spooky old Adirondack inn called Wolf Lake Lodge. It seems that each of the victims had gone there to meet with Hammond shortly before turning up dead.

Troubled by odd holes in the official approach to the case, Gurney begins his own investigation - an action that puts him in the crosshairs of not only an icy murderer and the local police but the darkest corner of the federal government. As ruthless as the blizzard trapping him in the sinister eeriness of Wolf Lake, Gurney's enemies set out to keep him from the truth at any cost - including an all-out assault on the sanity of his beloved wife Madeleine.

With his emotional resources strained to the breaking point, Gurney must throw himself into a deadly battle of wits with the most frightening opponent he has ever faced.

Wolf Lake is the new work by a writer hailed by the New York Times as "masterly" - and it furthers the adventures of Dave Gurney, a detective reviewers have compared to Sherlock Holmes.

©2016 John Verdon (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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If it's not broken don't fix it

The new narrator for the series has destroyed the very essence of the 3 main characters created in the first 4 books. They are recognisable in his portrayal and after 2 chapters I have discarded the book & won't be continuing with the series..as I said if it's not broken why fix it

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Bring back Jeff

Great story but please bring back Jeff Harding - much better narrator and makes the book more enjoyable.

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Great mystery

I really enjoyed this book by John Verdon because it had David’s wife evolved in the story. I love the relationship between them. Wish he would write more. 6 isn’t enough.

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  • shelley
  • 01-10-2017

This one gets a little gruesome!

John Vernon returned to his original Dave Gurney character with this book. After returning the last book I was skeptical and it took me over a year with this book in my wish list before I purchased it. I am happy to say that I am keeping this one and am sorry I waited so long!
A $1,000 per night for a room at a lodge located in upstate NY and an intensive therapy session with the resident shrink. You wouldn't expect the guests to then go home and commit suicide. That's how it's supposed to look until Gurney is hired to look into four almost identical deaths.
This is a good mystery that borders on a horror story towards the end. There's a blizzard, the cars have been tampered with so they can't be driven, miles from anywhere, electricity goes out and there's a killer on the loose with an axe killing who ever is still there. Of course there's more then one suspect and for the series to continue Gurney must figure out who before it's too late.
Christopher Lane does an excellent job narrating.
Very entertaining and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • cristina
  • 18-07-2016

John Verdon is back!

Loved the first two in this series but had been a tad disappointed with the last one (Peter Pan). So glad to see Mr. Verdon is back in this one. With clever explanations that you simply didn't see coming (but could have), tons of interesting (if improbable) characters, and fun dialogue. Highly entertaining. And the reader is pretty good as well.

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  • Tigress
  • 21-07-2016

I'd rather see the movie

There is no movie but I think it would have made a good one. It's a true detective drama that get has a deep focus on the steps of the trade. The narrator was fantastic. I really like his voice as Gurney. The challenge was keeping up with all of the details while listening as I work and the long wait for action. However all the details can be visualized in the read and the watching of the movie. Listening to it leaves a lot of gaps in my imagination of the story.

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  • Ted
  • 11-08-2018

Just an engaging Who-Dunnit

Nope, this isn't the great American novel. Nor has it any pretensions to literally excellence. Characters here aren't deeper than Dostoyevsky nor are scenes cleverly resonant. But if you enjoy playing Clue and wonder how Cornel Mustard got a wrench into the study... Well here's a great way to distract yourself from a day's tensions. Christopher Lane does a fine job of creating an ensemble cast of characters who, if you will just suspend disbelief at the gnarly plot engine, will tease you to find out how this thing ends.

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  • Stephen I.
  • 08-12-2018

My first listen to Verdon.

Pretty good story. I'll check out another in the series. Hard to beat Christopher Lane"s narration.

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  • Patsy
  • 27-10-2018

Another Goodie

John Verdon might be my newest favorite author. The man can weave and unravel a tangled web of suspense like none other. Wolf Lake is such a tale, suspenseful and intriguing, keeping the reader guessing. So, why not five stars? I listened to the audible version and, frankly, it requires more than casual attention to detail. If you, dear reader, are one who dissects every detail , then go for it. If, on the other hand, you have the slightest ADD syndrome, you might find yourself confused by the plot, the characters, etc. Be that as it may, the work is solid and entertaining.

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  • MLS
  • 21-04-2018

Christopher Lane is great addition

I’ve very much enjoyed this series and this story is the best yet. But the narrator was beyond wonderful and I hope John Verdon uses him again and again.

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  • Mathew
  • 07-09-2016

interesting and unpredictable

story was hard to piece together until the main character revealed it. good story but far fetched.

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  • L. K.
  • 18-07-2016

Intelligent Thriller - Kept Me Guessing!

Love this author's clever mysteries. Wolf Lake is one of his best.
Also, Dave"s complicated relationship with his wife is always intriguing. Dave and the reader can never quite figure out Maddie. However, the intricate and unique plots keep the reader stumped to the end. Highly recommended to those suffering from locked room mystery burn out.

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  • Jonathan
  • 09-08-2018

Narrator was terrible to me.

The story line is great. The narrator is definitely a killer for me in this book. i dont know why they changed narrators.

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  • pd
  • 13-12-2018

Good story ruined by a really boring and monotone

Ruined,just ruined by the boring monotone performance by the narrator. Please re issue with jeff harding!!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-2017

What a disappointment.

Loved the first two Gurney novels...endured the third, returned the fourth. The new narrator reads like this is the first time he's seen the words and I don't care about the absolutely uninteresting minutiae of Gurney's marriage to his painful wife. I want a murder mystery, not an Aga saga. Beyond disappointed.

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  • christopher
  • 21-03-2020

Bad

Load of slow moving far fetched tripe have returned it. By far his worst book.

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  • Junie
  • 20-04-2017

Hooked from the opening page

Would you consider the audio edition of Wolf Lake to be better than the print version?

The setting in a remote location in formidable weather helps to build an atmosphere of isolation and supense. The characters are believeable, really well drawn and the story unfolded with some surprises. Listening to it made these elements all the more enjoyable.

What other book might you compare Wolf Lake to, and why?

The premise is similar to groups of people in an isolated location and who are in danger, some meeting grisly ends. Along the lines of The House on Haunted Hill. Dark Matter also evokes this kind of atmosphere.

What three words best describe Christopher Lane’s performance?

The wrong narrator

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, absolutely.

Any additional comments?

Will certainly read more books by this author, an excellent first experience.

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  • S. Rifflart
  • 05-11-2016

This wolf howls with excellence

I've listened to all of the Dave Gurney tales and they are wonderfully twisty and full of excellent characters
I would have give 5 stars for narration but I prefer Jeff Harding who performed all the others

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  • ANN OLDFIELD
  • 29-09-2020

Difficult to get in to the mood

I had a problem getting in to the mood of the book because it wasn't the same voice reading as before. There was nothing WRONG with his performance it just wasn't "Dave Guerney".

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  • Angela
  • 26-08-2020

Wrong narrator

I’ve really enjoyed these books so far - brilliant in fact. But, we get a new narrator now rather than the excellent Jeff Harding and it’s destroyed the characters. I’m only 15 mins in but just NOT enjoying it! I may even delete the book. Tim Dickinson

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  • Peter Davidson
  • 11-02-2020

Perplexed!

First an apology to Christopher Lane for the 4 stars. Its just that my old brain struggled with the change of narrator. I'm sure if he had read the other 4 novels it would have been 5 stars. So my question why the change, I loved the tale Im just perplexed as it seems others are too , has Jeff Harding retired, was he ill or maybe too expensive. I think as paying customers we deserve an explanation. I intend to purchase White River Burning maybe i will be used to the new voice by its ending.

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  • norma blair-clayden
  • 16-01-2020

Where is Jeff Harding?

I have listened to all John Verdon’s books narrated by Jeff Harding with great pleasure. Why on earth have you switched to Christopher Lane? There is no way he can take over from Jeff Harding. He’s destroyed all my pleasure in the later books. Bring back Harding!!!!

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  • byronedwards
  • 14-06-2017

New narrator

What did you like most about Wolf Lake?

Just like to say to anyone worried about having a new narrator - I prefer Christopher Lane reading this book. Jeff Harding is excellent too, but I kept getting pulled out of the story due to hearing Jack Reacher's verbal mannerisms. If you don't listen to the Reacher books it's a moot point - but for all the Reacher fans out there, you know what I mean :)

What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He's a solid narrator, and a plus that he doesn't sound like Jack Reacher :)

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