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Summary

The daunting task that confronts Gurney, once the NYPD's top homicide cop: determining the guilt or innocence of a woman already convicted of shooting her charismatic politician husband. Gurney quickly finds himself waging a dangerous battle of wits with a thoroughly corrupt investigator, a disturbingly cordial mob boss, a gorgeous young temptress, and a bizarre assassin whose childlike appearance has earned him the nickname Peter Pan. But the identity of the villain at the mystery's center turns out to be the biggest shock of all....

©2013 John Verdon (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"It's always a pleasure to watch a keen mind absorbed in a difficult puzzle, which is how Dave Gurney distinguishes himself in John Verdon's tricky whodunits." (New York Times)
"Verdon's cleverness again shines in Peter Pan Must Die." (Associated Press)

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Gripping Psychological thriller

Jeff Harding brings Dave Gurney and his co-worker and intolerable friend Jack Hardwick to life more and more as each book goes on. I would love to listen to the next 2 books in the series but I won't be. Jeff Harding must record Wolf Lake and the next book after it. Continuity is very important when you have built up a mental image of all the characters. Jeff Harding is also brilliant with the Jack Reacher book series. He tells the story so you feel like you are in it. A fantastic book that I was sad that I had finished it so quickly.

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Dave Gurney overload

Loved the first three books but this one was one too many. Jeff Harding (who I really rate) lost the characters (especially Hardwicke) Dave’s wife became a total PIA. The plot was ok if a little too “fantastic “
Time for me to listen to something else.

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Page turner with hero

Certainly up to usual standard and I love Jeff Harding's narration.
Also like the fact that relationships underpin the action.

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Utterly entertaining

Really enjoyed this one, he is getting better the more he writes. Already downloaded the next one.

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A series in decline

The first book of this series was excellent but slowly but surely the books have declined and are now just a repeativ formula

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Excellent pairing, once again..

John Vernon and Jeff Harding - a marriage made in heaven. The third book in the Gurney series. Perhaps the story is not quite as ingenious as that of book 2, but it’s a ‘page Turner’ nonetheless. Every minute enjoyable. Beautifully paced and beautifully written. Lovely to witness the development of the relationships between the characters across three books now. And Jeff Harding just executed it all beautifully. Highly recommended.

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ANOTHER FABULOUS STORY!

I'm seriously addicted to John Verdons' novels with the Dave Gurney character! This is my 4th
of the series in a week!!
I adore Jeff's narration, great character voices and so very smooth and a pleasure to listen to. If anyone reading this, who hasn't read any of John Verdons' books before, I highly recommend that you start at his first novel. I'm a huge fan of Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, and Alafair Burke, (to name a few), but turned to John Verdon because 'I ran out of their books to listen to'. I've not been disappointed!

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Excellent book

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook, kept me entertained throughout, I felt the ending was a bit of a disappointment, I honestly cannot believe the killer would have been caught this way, I won’t spoil it for future listeners

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Disappointing

Having listened to all the previous Dave Gurney books, this one was a disappointment.
Firstly, Jeff Harding’s characterisation of Jack Hardwick has changed significantly, making him less of a character. I’m assuming Jeff was told to change the voice as it’s something you wouldn’t do mid series.
The story itself while OK, isn’t a patch on the previous ones. I found it less exciting and by 3/4 way through, I couldn’t care less ‘who dun it’. Sorry Mr Verdon, I won’t be listening to any more.

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The best yet!

We have found this series of books to be extremely well written, with excellent plots and believable characters, and of course with an excellent narrator. It is with great regret, therefore, that the next in the series changes the narrator; does the publisher not understand that, after four books, Jeff Harding IS the voice of the main characters? Alas therefore, we will be saying goodbye to these books now.

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  • 10-01-20

A Dull Book - DNF

This is the forth book in the series and the first one was good but it went downhill from there. I try to avoid series altogether unless I like the first book, but I took a chance on this one because Gurney's character seemed so intriguing. Boy, was I wrong.

I have to say that many people love this book but it was was too dull and slow for me.

Gurney and his Madeline (I can't even remember the correct spelling of her name) are two of the most annoying characters I have ever encountered. Madeline and the chicken coop, and Gurney with his "You may be right." It was his all-purpose response - to the friendly and the furious, the sane and the insane.'

Can SOMETHING happen, please? Or will it all be new age, passive aggressive chat?

6 Hours left of a 15 hour book and I can't go on. This is one of the very few books that I simply cannot finish. I found myself dreading going back to these characters . I am giving 2 stars because the scene with Angelidis actually read true. Otherwise, 1 star because I avoid people like these navel gazers in real life.

Jeff Harding was dull with the delivery of the story as well.

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