Sunday, 29 July 2012

Armchair Novel Review: Let the Devil Sleep

Let the Devil Sleep
A Novel
Written by John Verdon

Hardcover, 464 pages
Also available as an eBook

Author John Verdon has been celebrated for bringing back the impossible puzzle mystery. He weaves a tight and taut story that will keep you guessing until the very end. 

Let the Devil Sleep is his third in the Dave Gurney series, following the critically acclaimed novels Think of a Number and Shut Your Eyes Tight. 

Dave Gurney is a highly decorated police detective who is trying to adjust to being a retired man of leisure in the upstate New York farmhouse that he shares with his wife Madeleine. 

Not well suited to boredom, Dave finds himself easily drawn deep into mysteries that challenge his mind and quite often his life. With connections to the police force, notably his friend and makeshift partner Jack Hardwick, Dave is able to tap into resources (however illegally) to help him solve these complex mysteries. 

In Let the Devil Sleep Dave has been contacted by an old friend, the very journalist who made him famous as a "Super-Cop" when he was on the force. Her daughter is doing her thesis on a well-known serial killer from ten years ago, The Good Shepherd, and her project is being picked up by a large media empire. Dave is talked into going along with her to the interviews as an adviser, and soon finds himself immersed in a puzzle so deep that his very own life is at stake as well as the lives of those he holds dear. 

Let the Devil Sleep is the most personal of the Dave Gurney books and a great keep-you-up-late read. 

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Read an excerpt of Let the Devil Sleep
To read his recently published essay on the appeal of novels featuring serial killers, click here.