Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Let the Devil Sleep by John Verdon
Dave Gurney got a bit beat up on his last case; he was shot three times. He's trying to adjust to being retired but all he feels is boredom, apathy, and depression. When he gets asked to help a young woman on a journalist project, it's something to do. He's interested because she's talking to the family members who lost a loved one to a serial killer; the case is unsolved.
Edelweiss and Crown allowed me to read an ebook of this story for review (thank you). It will be published in a week, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.
This is a complicated story with lots of twists. Gurney is only along as a sounding board for the young journalist, but it turns into more when he starts looking over the case. He has a gut instinct that they approached the case incorrectly. The FBI doesn't care what Gurney thinks. Even the profiler for the case thinks he may have PSTD from his shooting and dismisses most of his ideas.
Gurney calls on his cop friends and the man who tried to chase the Good Shepard down and ended up dismissed from the department. The more he learns, the less clear the case is.
Then someone begins killing the surviving family members...
There is a lot of detail in this book, but it all ties together and creates a stronger story. You don't find out who the killer is until about four pages before the end and the ending is beyond belief. I found myself going: "Oh, wow!"
If you like a good complicated murder mystery, this one will make you happy. It's a very good read with all the elements of mystery racing about on the book pages.