JOHN VERDON'S first novel, "Think of a Number, "featuring detective protagonist Dave Gurney, ""was an international bestseller, soaring to the top of bestseller lists in twenty countries. Currently, John lives with his wife in upstate New York.
Verdon follows Think of a Number, his sensational debut featuring retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney, with this standout sequel, set a year later. A bizarre, high-profile murder near Gurney's Catskills home puts his already shaky marriage to the test. Four months earlier, "controversial hotshot psychiatrist" Scott Ashton went looking for his spoiled rich-girl bride, Jillian Perry, after he noticed she was missing from their wedding reception at his lavish estate. Ashton discovered her decapitated body sitting in a chair, with her head posed on a table, in the gardener's cottage. The police, who found a machete covered with the victim's blood in the nearby woods, are sure the killer is Ashton's trusted Mexican gardener, Hector Flores, who disappeared after the brutal crime. Perry's eccentric mother, who's unsparing in recounting her daughter's emotional problems, gives Gurney a blank check to locate Flores. Verdon tosses in an apparent impossibility involving the murder weapon, and once again sensitively depicts a relationship in crisis. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
As in Verdon's outstanding debut thriller (Think of a Number), retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney once again, to the dismay of his wife, gets pulled into a bizarre murder case. What starts with the beheading of a bride on her wedding day results in a series of mind-boggling clues that stymie investigators. Police efforts ground to a halt after four months, and Gurney is hired by the bride's wealthy mother to get the case moving again. Why would Scott Ashton, an older celebrity psychiatrist, wealthy in his own right, marry a spoiled, rich girl who is clearly a sociopath? And why would the psychiatrist's gardener, a man he'd molded, Pygmalion-like, from an itinerant worker into a do-it-all assistant, apparently behead the bride during the reception? And what do these events and other murders have to do with a lost Elizabethan play and its author, whose name has become the nom de crime of a sophisticated serial killer? To find out, Gurney will risk his life and marriage. Verdict Absorbing complications, perfect pacing, a conflicted protagonist (endearing for his introspection), and the author's insight, which imbues the story with tremendous humanity, make this a must-read for thriller fans who enjoy tales that are not only gripping but believable. [See Prepub Alert, 1/17/11.]-Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Taut and suspenseful...Verdon is in top form as he lays out the twisty mechanics of the crime, creating an agreeably sinister villain...A strong follow-up to the author's wildly entertaining debut."--"Washington Post""The crime is grisly and the cop is complicated. A nice combination."--"New York Daily News""For anyone who loves a good puzzle, John's Verdon's SHUT YOUR EYES TIGHT is the easy answer."--CNN.com"Verdon, who hit a home run with his debut novel, THINK OF A NUMBER", " has now nailed another one."--"Booklist "(Starred review)"Absorbing complications, perfect pacing and a conflicted protagonist (endearing for his introspection)...The author's insight, which imbues the story with tremendous humanity, make this a must-read for thriller fans who enjoy tales that are not only gripping but believable." Library Journal (starred review)"Verdon follows THINK OF A NUMBER, his sensational debut featuring retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney, with this standout sequel, set a year later. [The elements: ] a bizarre, high-profile murder...an apparent impossibility involving the murder weapon, and once again...a relationship in crisis."--"Publishers Weekly" (Starred Review)