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Let the Devil Sleep by John Verdon, TLC tour stop

Let the Devil Sleep (Dave Gurney Series #3)Finished 8-6-12, rating 4/5, mystery/thriller, 448 pages, pub. 2012

Book 3 of the Dave Gurney series. (Book 1 – Think of a Number) (Book 2- Shut Your Eyes Tight)

Dave Gurney, highly decorated retired NYPD detective, is in a funk after his last encounter with a killer left him with both physical and mental scars.  When the reporter who helped catapult Gurney to detective stardom asks him to help her daughter with a project he said yes and that’s how he got involved in a 10 year old serial killer case gone cold.  The Good Shepherd killed 6 Mercedes drivers, all the same way, and then sent a manifesto to the police railing against greedy, moneyed folks.  When Gurney challenges the FBI’s handling of the case he immediately butts heads with Agent Trout, an FBI guy who could do some damage to Gurney’s life.

I love all three of the Dave Gurney books.  He is a complicated man who knows his strengths and weaknesses.  He is a great detective, an average husband, and a not-so-wonderful dad.  In the past two books Gurney’s relationship with his wife Madeleine added dimension to the man and in this one we get to see the dynamic between he and his son first-hand.  I loved it.  I hope we see more of his son in future books.

I was a lukewarm to the mystery at first, but it grew on me (much better than the cringe-inducing details of the second book).  There was a large cast of characters and lots of overlapping storylines, but they all revolved around the Good Shepherd case and Kim’s interviewing the families for RAM-TV, kind of a cross between Fox News and TMZ.  There was so much going on and I loved the fast pace of the book.  I will say that I did figure it out somewhere past the halfway mark, well, I had two theories and one was correct 🙂  I wish there had been a little more wrapping up of some of the storylines at the end, but that in no way took away from my enjoyment.  I love this series and highly recommend it.

I received this as part of the TLC Book Tour.  Thanks for the book!  Check out what everyone else had to say…

John Verdon’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, July 24th:  Wordsmithonia
Wednesday, July 25th:  Jenny Loves to Read
Thursday, July 26th:  Jen’s Book Thoughts
Monday, July 30th:  A Bookworm’s World
Tuesday, July 31st:  Sara’s Organized Chaos
Wednesday, August 1st:  Life in Review
Thursday, August 2nd:  Colloquium
Monday, August 6th:  Booklover Book Reviews
Tuesday, August 7th:  Stacy’s Books
Wednesday, August 8th:  Book Addict Katie
Thursday, August 9th:  House of Crime and Mystery
Monday, August 13th:  Crime Fiction Lover
Tuesday, August 14th:  A Novel Source
Wednesday, August 15th:  Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White
Thursday, August 16th:  Bewitched Bookworms
Monday, August 20th:  Girls Just Reading
Wednesday, August 22nd:  Thoughts of Joy
Monday, August 27th:  Musings of a Bookish Kitty

August 7, 2012 - Posted by | 4 Star Books |


  1. Well, gee, guess I’ll cancel my order for a Mercedes, ha ha!

    Comment by rhapsodyinbooks | August 7, 2012 | Reply

    • Nah. The Good Shepherd doesn’t travel that far west 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | August 8, 2012 | Reply

  2. Ah see i never read the first two in the series. But now I’ll go back and check them out.
    Glad you liked it even though your theory turned out to be correct.

    Comment by jennygirl | August 7, 2012 | Reply

    • Well, there was one red herring that almost got me, but I was happy to be right in the end. I hope you go back and read the first 2.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | August 8, 2012 | Reply

  3. This is another series I need to start. The solution has to be pretty obvious for me to figure it out so I might not figure this one out.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | August 7, 2012 | Reply

    • Although this could definitely be read as a stand alone I think you’ll love the first one, so start there 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | August 8, 2012 | Reply

  4. I like this series too and just got this book. Glad to know you enjoyed it.

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | August 7, 2012 | Reply

    • If you just got it you’ll probably have it finished by tomorrow!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | August 8, 2012 | Reply

  5. […] August 1st:  Life in ReviewMonday, August 6th:  Booklover Book ReviewsTuesday, August 7th:  Stacy’s BooksWednesday, August 8th:  Book Addict KatieThursday, August 9th:  House of Crime and MysteryMonday, […]

    Pingback by John Verdon, author of Let the Devil Sleep, on tour July/August 2012 | TLC Book Tours | August 8, 2012 | Reply

  6. I’m glad you enjoyed this one overall! Thanks for being on the tour.

    Comment by Heather J. @ TLC | August 8, 2012 | Reply

  7. I have the first book…now you’re making me want to read it!!

    Comment by Staci@LifeintheThumb | August 12, 2012 | Reply

  8. I really like this series and look forward to every one of them! Glad to see you enjoy it as well. 🙂

    Comment by Thoughts of Joy | August 22, 2012 | Reply

  9. I liked this one too. 🙂

    Comment by Literary Feline | August 27, 2012 | Reply

  10. […] three of his Dave Gurney thrillers and loved them all. (Think of a Number, Shut Your Eyes Tight, Let the Devil Sleep)  His next one comes out in July so there’s still time to jump on the […]

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