It begins with a letter... The letter contains a request - think of a number, any number - and a sealed envelope. Inside the envelope is that number... When Dave Gurney, retired NYPD homicide detective, is contacted by an old college acquaintance about some startling letters he's been receiving, it is at first little more than a diverting but sinister puzzle. Until the acquaintance is brutally killed.
Suddenly Gurney finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation that makes no sense. The killer seems to have known his victim intimately. How else was he able to predict his victim's thoughts, even his actions? How did he know his darkest secrets? The killer is smart and he is playing with the police...
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Took a chance on this book but was impressed by other reviews. It turned out to be an excellent choice. The plot-line is imaginative and compelling, and the narrator excellent. Delighted to see that book 2 has been released on Audible this month.
A great story ,the narrator was perfect for this kind of narrative
Loved it. Must get some other stories by the same author
This was a really enjoyable listen - as always Jeff Harding is a fantastic narrator, and unlike the last book I heard him narrate where there were echoes of Reacher, this time I thought he brought some different characterisations.
The storyline was a really intelligent thriller - even though I guessed how some of the tricks were done, I was not 100% sure of the baddie, so enjoyed the reveal. As noted in other reviews, Gurney isn't always the most sympathetic character, but he feels very human. I have already bought the next book in the series, so that tells you how much I enjoyed this.
Many hours in spring and summer spent sitting on a slow lawn mower is why I listen to stories.
My listening takes place while I take walks in the countryside, which sometimes last for two or three hours. I get bored if I don't have something to listen to. I want stories that are as long as possible so as not to have to choose a new one too quickly. This one suits perfectly.
This story has plenty of intrigue. It is easy to follow and to remember if taken up three or four days after the previous listening. It has good rhythm with a mystery one is curious to hear explained, and which is not too violent for those who don't like that (there is a bit of blood of course). Interesting characters but not too many so there's no getting lost wondering who is who. The explanation at the end is not over-the-top and remains within the realm of what's possible.
Considering the book is about a retired detective tracking a gruesome serial killer - I found myself crying out with laughter!!
John Verdon's characters and Jeff Harding's reading truly kept me thoroughly engaged. I love anything Jeff reads but this is a double act I can't wait to see again.
Well done all
I love listening to crime fiction. My favourite authors so far are Stieg Larsson, Peter James and Michael Robotham.
This book introduces the interesting contemporary American detective, Dave Gurney, who is retired from the LAPD but who cannot (because he does not really want to) leave police work behind. The story and the characterization are intriguing because Dave Gurney is not just a clever detective but also a man who is not entirely honest with himself. His relationship with his insightful and clever wife is particularly engrossing. There are a number of characters in the story who you love to hate, because they make such believable cantankerous human beings. The story is richly narrated by Jeff Harding, whose pace and story-creating ability is thoroughly engaging.
This is the first novel to feature retired NYPD 'Supercop' Dave Gurney (there are now three to date) and what a debut it is!
A very cleverly woven puzzle of a crime story that positively encourages the listener/reader to try and work out what comes next!
Given the strength of this book I am certain that John Verdon is destined to become the next big name to join the hallowed ranks of Connelly, Deaver, Child and Crais – don’t miss it!
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