Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Let The Devil Sleep by John Verdon (Giveaway Included)
Synopsis From Back Cover:
The most decorated detective in NYPD history, Dave Gurney is still trying to adjust to life of quasi-retirement in upstate New York 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 escaped serious injury in a booby-trapped basement. As things grow more bizarre, he finds himself reexamining the Case of the Good Shepherd, which ten years before involved a series of roadside shootings and a rage-against-the-rich manifesto. The killings ceased, and a cult of analysis grew up around the case with a consensus opinion that no one would dream of challenging - no one, that is, but Dave Gurney.
Mocked even by some who have been allies in previous investigations, Gurney realizes that the killer is too clever to ever be found. The only gambit that may make sense is also the most dangerous - to make himself a target and get the killer to come to him.
To be perfectly honest with everyone, while I love mysteries, I'm not normally a huge fan of thrillers. There have been a few over the last few years that grabbed and held my attention, but none refused to let me go once I got started on them. Let the Devil Sleep is the first thriller that I didn't want to put down, and if it weren't for that fact I'm getting old and tire easily, I would have stayed up all night reading.
I was sucked in from the very beginning, and I'm not even sure I can truly say the whys of it. I wish I could tell you what made this book so much better than the other thrillers I've read in the past. If I had to make a guess, and a weak one at that, I would have to pick the fact that I loved the characters. For me, there wasn't a weak one in the bunch. Dave Gurney has to be one of the most interesting male protagonists that I've read in a thriller, since most of what I've read stars female leads, I'm not sure that really means anything though. I found him to be compelling and someone I couldn't take my attention away from. I haven't read the other books in the series, but he seems to be a character that has a lot of history and depth to him. All of which has shaped who he is and how he reacts to situations. He is joining a group of strong male leads that I'm discovering this year. Now I just need to get caught up on the series.
I would like to thank Lisa of TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to read/review this book. Please visit the tour page to read other reviews.
To enter the giveaway please leave a comment letting me know of another strong male lead you have come across lately. You will also need to include your email in order to contact you if you are the winner. The giveaway is open to residents of US/Canada only. The giveaway will run until 11:59 pm CST on Tues. Aug. 7th. Winner will be chosen by random.org. I will contact the winner will have 48 hours to get back to me or another winner will be chosen.