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Шест убийства, извършени преди десет години. Шест изстрела по тъмно и в движение. Шест черни мерцедеса – единственото общо между жертвите. И едно писмо, подписано с „Добрия пастир“, което заявява: Обявяваме война на приносителите на алчността, на джебчиите, които наричат себе си банкери, на въшките с лимузини, на червеите с мерцедеси. Ние ще освободим земята от тази унищожШест убийства, извършени преди десет години. Шест изстрела по тъмно и в движение. Шест черни мерцедеса – единственото общо между жертвите. И едно писмо, подписано с „Добрия пастир“, което заявява: Обявяваме война на приносителите на алчността, на джебчиите, които наричат себе си банкери, на въшките с лимузини, на червеите с мерцедеси. Ние ще освободим земята от тази унищожителна зараза, носител по носител...Класически случай на сериен убиец с мисия. Но... не и за Дейв Гърни.Когато „оттеглилият“ се детектив се оказва въвлечен в проект за жертвите на Пастира, очевидните отговори започват да изглеждат все по-малко логични.Въпросът е как да хванеш убиец, когото никой не е успял да открие?Първата крачка е да пренебрегнеш предупреждението „Не дърпай дявола за опашката!“......

Title : Не дърпай дявола за опашката
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Не дърпай дявола за опашката Reviews

  • Harry
    2019-03-05 05:29

    It's 9PM and I'm thinking: "I'll lay in bed for a bit, read and call it a night. Gotta get up early, wake my daughter up, fix her lunch, get breakfast ready and then take her to school." The book I'm reading is John Verdon's latest: Let the Devil Sleep. The plate that sits on top of the chimney on the roof sends the sound of rain - like soft staccato bullets - down the chimney chute into the bedroom. I hit the power switch on my Kindle and focus on the page before me.After reading a few hundred detective novels the authors, titles, and reviews sort of all blend together and honestly, if it weren't for my Kindle I wouldn't remember which ones I've read and which ones I haven't. That's not to say that the books are forgettable, it's just the conscious mind can only hold that much info and I suck at pulling stuff out of my subconscious at will. But, I can always remember a character that refuses to disappear into my subconscious. When finishing a book, I always remember Dave Gurney. He doggedly pops into my head as I search for another novel and I think: "I wish there were another like-Dave-Gurney series I could start on." Or, "I wonder if Verdon's completed his next book yet?". And then I search Goodreads to no avail. Sucks right, the waiting?Verdon isn't a prolific writer in the sense of say...John Locke who pushes out novels every couple of months (some not so great, some that are). Verdon's only got 3 novels I'm aware of and I'm reading his third.Shocked, I glance up from my book as the soft platter on the chimney has turned into what sounds like an AK-47 ripping apart my house. Who said we can't travel between worlds, right? One moment it's deep into the night and I'm watching Gurney's red barn burn down as he wonders which of his investigations would cause an arsonist to lose sleep over his inquiries, and the next I'm reaching over in bed to turn on my iPhone only to realize it's friggin' 2;30AM! Crap.That happens a lot with Verdon. You just can't put the damned story down.In Verdon's words; 'Detective stories are essentially moral in their orientation — not just because the good guy wins, but because the structure of the form tends to value objectivity above convenience and truth above personal gain. This isn't just a fine polished quote delivered for convenience to satiate an inquiry from the press. John Verdon is a pro at translating lessons from his own life into stories that'll cause some serious introspecting of your own. Verdon, in fact, is the master of deception. Living is about discovery; so are his thrillers. Mystery novels mirror the complexity of relationships; Dave Gurney holds complex relationships. He is a man with secrets, never completely truthful with himself and others. He is constantly conflicted by his own self deceptions even as he struggles to minimize the consequences that result in his isolation. Dave Gurney is singular. In mystery novels, the mystery comes in the form of deception, just as our personal lives harbor deception: we tell ourselves little lies, little rationalizations so that we can feel better and sometimes we come to believe the lies as truth. Villains experience the same, they come to believe their deceptions as the truth and then act on that truth. Gurney destroys deceptions, is after truth...and he does not leave himself exempt from this process. As Verndon says: "I lie to have more, and end up being less."What makes Verdon different in this genre is his grasp of characterization, of motivation, and ofthe nature of the relationship between foreground and background.. In the foreground we have our mystery, the crime, and the consequences of that on the architecture and inhabitants of the hidden city, the agenda and the detective pursuing that agenda. In the background we have the life of Gurney: his son, his enigmatic wife Madeleine, his parental responsibility, his guilt, his isolation driven by truth (in spite of being married), his eternal struggle between empathy and objectivity. I know of no other author who has such a grasp of the complexity of the mind. Both cerebral and inordinantly violent, the Gurney series stand out well above most other authors.I read the damned book until it was done and accepted the consequences of it the next day.If you've read this review of the Dave Gurney series, than you've read 'em all.

  • Dana Moison
    2019-02-23 07:45

    Retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney returns with a new mystery to solve. For years and years no one has revealed the true identity of “The Good Shepherd”, the notorious serial Killer who chooses his victims well and wealthy. After ten years of silences, he returns to kill the victims’ families, supposedly because a television special about him was aired, driving him mad and ready to avenge.Gurney thinks that there’s more than meets the eye about this case, and objects to the psychological profile assembled by the senior investigators who handled this case. This of course makes the hostility toward Gurney grow and prevents him from gaining access to relevant information about the case. I love Jack Hardwick’s character! His conversations with Gurney seem to be a witty and comic relief, which brings out Gurney’s more pleasant side. Another character worth mentioning is Max Clinter: his chase after The Good Shepherd had ruined his career and life and made him abandon civilized life and move to a remote cabin – what can I say, I love these crazy folks (those who read my books already know – mischievous emoji).This book reveals before us Gurney’s inner world. His contemplations and regrets pour from his thoughts to his actions. Dave Gurney is a complex character and it is intriguing to read the story through his point of view. As a suspense author myself, who loves reading and interlacing in her books surprises and twists up to the very last page, I salute Verdon for making the obvious solution seem impossible and vice versa. As usual, he surprises with the simplicity of the solution. However, this is a long and detailed book and so it had occurred that I, a bookworm in nature, who finishes an average book in a few days, read this book over months, consuming other books while still reading this one. Maybe if I had read the whole story at once, I would have been less surprised from the thrilling discovery (Still, it took me some time to recall who was killed and why – apologetic emoji).Nevertheless, I must commend Verdon’s writing, which made me climb back into the story with interest, even after a long break, and also for the fast pace of this twisted plot. This may not be Verdon’s best book so far, but it’s a good thriller that Dave Gurney fans will sure appreciate.

  • FrancoSantos
    2019-03-19 03:28

    El tercer libro de la saga de David Gurney (mi serie de intriga favorita). Me gustó mucho. Me pareció mejor que el primero pero peor que los restantes. ¿Por qué? La razón principal es el mero hecho de que el caso no llamó mi atención tanto como los otros. Sin embargo, quitando eso, sigue habiendo un misterio pétreo, implacable y, a su vez, con una brillantez absoluta.El final es lo mejor de la novela. Es un espectáculo extraordinario.

  • Elina
    2019-03-11 09:25

    Και πάνω που η ιστορία έχει στηθεί και είναι έτοιμη για απογείωση..... έρχονται και οι τελευταίες σελίδες που περιμένεις κάτι δυνατό, αλλά δυστυχώς αντί για πύραυλος έρχεται ένα αποκριάτικο πιστολάκι....τα αστέρια είναι για το στήσιμο της ιστορίας μέχρι τέλους.

  • Sonia
    2019-03-12 11:47

    Tal vez tiene mucho que ver con la predisposición. Quizá si empiezas a leer sabiendo de antemano que te gustará, entonces te gustará, pero sé que no funciona así, entonces no es mi culpa.Me gustó muchísimo. Es cierto que tardamos un poco en llegar al quid del asunto, pero eso no quitó que disfrutara cada sospecha, cada amenaza, cada pensamiento que generaba la impresionante mente de Gurney, eso añadido a la parte muy humana de él que surgió aquí y que tanto se esmeraba en dejar de lado de una manera, extrañamente, madura e infantil a la vez, porque a pesar de que reconocía estos sentimientos y los identificaba como todo adulto debería hacer, también sabía que eran cosas de su pasado que no había resuelto del todo. En fin.El caso: muy interesante. A estas alturas creo que es difícil impresionar a una amante del thriller, pero Verdon sabe cómo retener el misterio con fórmulas maestras. Me gusta mucho cómo mezcla tantos asuntos y pone al lector a pensar si podrían estar relacionados o si todo explotará independientemente al final. Y creo que esto es lo que hace al autor brillante. Gurney pasa de pronto de ser un detective retirado a ser el héroe de la historia y tú inmediatamente te lo crees porque te lo cuentan de una forma que es bastante verosímil, ¿y saben por qué? Porque no omite los errores del protagonista, y ese es algo muy común en autores que intentan construir al personaje perfecto. Verdon lo tiene todo muy claro y lo ejecuta lo mejor que puede y entonces tenemos esto: una obra muy bien lograda con personajes increíbles y una trama sólida.Tenemos a otros personajes maravillosos (Jack, mi queridísimo Jack; Bullard y Madeleine -cuya relación con Gurney es muy bonita pese a todo) y a otros espectacularmente insufribles (pero muy bien hechos, como todos): Trout.

  • Ana M. Román
    2019-03-22 07:34

    No es ninguna sorpresa que me encanta Dave, el personaje que ha creado John Verdon.Es un personaje con una fría lógica que domina cada aspecto de su vida, incluido el personal. Me fascina su forma de ser tan increíblemente racional, no importa en qué aspecto de su vida se centre. Para él todo es lógica y los sentimientos, aunque los tiene, es algo que casi que le dan urticaria. Lo que no significa que quiera menos que el resto o que sienta menos que el resto, sino que es menos capaz en ese ámbito de lo que lo son la mayoría de personas.Por eso, Dave hace tan buena pareja con su esposa. Ella es el contrapunto perfecto para él, con sus ropas de colores que es casi como si se las hubiera combinado un daltónico y su manera de ser mucho más sentimental.Y si te estás preguntado por qué en un libro de suspense me refiero antes al personaje que al propio en caso en sí la respuesta es sencilla. Porque este libro aunque vaya del misterio de los asesinatos en serie creo que va más del personaje, en cómo se enfrenta a las secuelas que le dejó el caso anterior, que del propio caso en sí. El caso de este libro, y a pesar de la premisa de un asesino en serie que siempre tienen algo que fascinan (o a lo mejor soy solo yo la que ve un libro de misterio de asesinos en serie y quiere leerlo y lo mismo debo hacérmelo mirar) la verdad es que es un caso bastante más pobremente elaborado que el de los dos libros anteriores.De hecho, conforme se acerca el final la cosa va bajando hasta que llega el apoteósico desenlace más propio de una película serie B de los domingos por la tarde que de lo que nos ha venido acostumbrando John Verdon en sus dos libros anteriores.Aún así, al tratarse de una serie no es un libro que haya que saltarse y tampoco un libro que me haya arrepentido de leer.

  • Kristina
    2019-03-11 06:23

    This book is very disappointing. I'm so glad I didn't buy it. I was tempted to a few times when I saw it at B&N, but eventually borrowed it from the library. I'm beginning to think that the third book in a series is the make-it or break-it book. So many series I've read recently go really bad with the third book and unfortunately this seems to have happened with Dave Gurney, retired NYPD detective extraordinaire.Dave is recovering from the near-fatal gunshot wound he received at the end of the second book (Shut Your Eyes Tight), and he's not his normal calm, analytic self. A past acquaintance, a journalist, calls him and tells him that her daughter (a journalism major) is working on a news story and would like his help interviewing family members whose lives were disrupted by murder. Dave agrees to do this and finds himself being drawn into the details of the Good Shepherd murder spree that happened more than a decade ago; a murder investigation that he feels was mishandled by the FBI.This book is very different from the other two. I understand that Dave is recovering from a gunshot to the head and may be experiencing (as is suggested by a thoroughly unlikeable psychotherapist) PTSD, so the fact that he is portrayed as being angrier and more aggressive is okay. What I found annoying was all the Dave musings about human nature and the cloyingly sentimental passages that pop up repeatedly throughout the book--in fact the novel ends with a lot of nonsensical statements that sound meaningful, but are total crap. John Verdon's talents as a writer aren't in his ability to write great dialogue or meaningful, emotional prose. He crafts detailed plots and his novels are paced well. Usually. One of the best things about Dave Gurney was his lack of introspection. He knew he wasn't always the most attentive husband and father, but he put that aside to concentrate on solving the puzzle of murder before him. That's what was appealing--Dave didn't spend a lot of time bemoaning his feelings and his past, he just soldiered on. However, this Dave unfortunately is not only in touch with his feelings, he's also reminiscing a lot about his past with his emotionally distant father. Too many flashbacks slow the pace of the novel.The plot of this book is sloppy and not compelling at all. There's no active police investigation into a current murder, just Dave poking around. Kim Corazon, the young intrepid reporter, is annoying. She's whiny, cries a lot, freaks out, seems unable to make a damn decision on her own, and I dislike her intensely. She exclaims several times, "Dave, what should I do?" Dave, tell her to go to hell. However, this new touchy-feely Dave (who also is seemingly angrier) enfolds the little dipshit in his arms and tells her it will be alright. Gag.There are a lot of loopholes in this plot, lots of things that don't make a whole lot of sense to me but I didn't enjoy the book enough to get too upset about it. In the beginning, when the author completely forgets that Kim is supposed to have a cat, I knew it didn't bode well for the rest of the novel. RAM-TV is mentioned way too much in the book. So much so that I suspect the author despises FOX News (on which RAM-TV is clearly modeled) and his dislike/disgust is expressed so thoroughly through the mouths of several characters (and also in the way Rudy Getz, the slimy production executive at RAM, is portrayed)that it becomes intrusive and distracting. Descriptions of the countryside and the dinner menu are also excessive. Readers always know what the Gurneys are eating for dinner and I wouldn't have been surprised to see the recipes for these dishes in an appendix. It was exasperating and distracting. I think the author spent more time planning their evening meals than the plot.Kyle, his son from his first marriage, has returned to his life and they are bonding. Unfortunately, Kyle is such a one-dimensional character with no impact on the story (except to make Dave weepy) I don't care if he's there and prefer him to disappear. Madeleine, Dave's wife, has never been a favorite of mine. I've never liked her and I didn't like her in this book. For different reasons. In this book, she's a different Madeleine--more patient with her husband, more willing to overlook his absentmindedness, and she also seems to have discovered a sense of humor. She's a totally different character and I find that disconcerting. She's different from the bitchy woman in the first two books who was constantly being passive-aggressive about her displeasure in Dave's inability to enjoy living the country life, but that doesn't mean I liked her more. Again, her character is so flat that she's not worth paying attention to.If Verdon writes another book in the series I will probably read it, but this book was so incredibly sub-par I won't be surprised if the next one is bad too.

  • Chrissa Vasileiou
    2019-03-11 06:27

    Κάπως διαφορετικό από τα 2 προηγούμενα,τίποτα ιδιαίτερα συναρπαστικό,αλλά διαβάζεται ευχάριστα...Στο "Άσε το διάβολο ήσυχο" ο Ντέιβ Γκάρνεϊ κινείται περισσότερο αυτόνομα και εμπλέκεται έμμεσα,αρχικά τουλάχιστον,στην υπόθεση. Δεν συνεργάζεται με το ΓΕΕ και δεν βλέπουμε όλους τους ήρωες που είχαμε συναντήσει στα 2 πρώτα βιβλία του (όχι ότι μου έλειψε κανείς τους! :P ) Όταν λοιπόν η κόρη μιας δημοσιογράφου-γνωστής του Γκάρνεϊ του ζητάει να τη βοηθήσει με την επαγγελματική του εμπειρία στο 'στήσιμο' ενός ντοκιμαντέρ για τους εν ζωή συγγενείς των θυμάτων ενός serial killer με την ονομασία "Καλός Ποιμένας",ο Γκάρνεϊ αρχικά δέχεται απρόθυμα να τη συμβουλεύσει ως προς το πώς πρέπει να χειριστεί το αρκετά επώδυνο και άβολο θέμα της προσέγγισής τους. Σιγά σιγά όμως ο πρώην αστυνομικός συνειδητοποιεί πως στην υπόθεση έχουν γίνει αρκετά λάθη,η αρχική έρευνα ήταν αρκετά απρόσεκτη και πιθανότατα τα πράγματα δεν είναι όπως φαίνονται. Τότε αποφασίζει να αναμειχθεί ενεργά και να αποκαλύψει τα όσα προσπαθεί να κρύψει το FBI,αλλά και την ταυτότητα του δολοφόνου που επί 10 χρόνια παραμένει ασύλληπτος.Όπως και στα υπόλοιπα βιβλία του υπήρχαν ορισμένα σημεία που ο συγγραφέας πλατείαζε,αλλά σε γενικές γραμμές δεν μπορώ να πω πως αυτό με ενόχλησε. Δεν υπήρξε δηλαδή κάποιο σημείο όπου θα ευχόμουν να μπορώ να 'πηδήσω' μερικές παραγράφους. :P Αρκετά καλή η σκιαγράφηση του πορτραίτου του δολοφόνου και η τελική ανατροπή,που απέδειξε και το κίνητρό του. Το οποίο είναι κάτι που δεν το βλέπουμε τόσο συχνά σε παρόμοια βιβλία και ήταν αρκετά καλό μέσα στην απλότητά του. Ο συγγραφέας το είχε στήσει και δικαιολογήσει επαρκώς και δεν ξένιζε τον αναγνώστη. Ικανοποιητικό και το τέλος,κατ'εμέ. ΠΟΛΥ ικανοποιητικό. Αυτό που δεν μου άρεσε καθόλου -μάλλον αποτελώ μειοψηφία και είναι προσωπική μου παραξενιά,αλλά θα το πω ούτως ή άλλως- ήταν ο χαρακτήρας της Κιμ Κοραζόν. Τη θεωρώ από τις πιο ηλίθιες,απλοϊκές και κακομαθημένες ηρωίδες βιβλίων που έχω διαβάσει το τελευταίο διάστημα. Ναι μεν ήταν αυτή που "έμπασε" τον Γκάρνεϊ στην υπόθεση και ναι μεν είχε καλή πρόθεση,αλλά αυτή η επίπλαστη αθωότητα εμένα με ενόχλησε. Με το "Αχ Θεέ μου,Αχ Θεέ μου" δεν κάνεις δουλειά,κοπελιά! Λες και δεν ήξερε με τι πήγαινε να μπλέξει. Επιπλέον,σε όλο το βιβλίο ήθελε να περάσει το δικό της και σκεφτόμουν πως,αν γνώριζα ένα τέτοιο άτομο και είχε παρόμοιες απαιτήσεις από μένα όντας ουσιαστικά άγνωστοι,θα την είχα διαολοστείλει από καιρό. :Ρ Δεν ξέρω αν θα συνεχίσουμε να τη βλέπουμε και στα επόμενα βιβλία,λόγω της σχέσης της με τον γιο του Γκάρνεϊ,αλλά πραγματικά ελπίζω πως όχι.

  • Maria_Love_For_Books
    2019-03-22 03:33

    3.5 starsWell, I am going to be honest here... Although I really liked the plot and I read it quickly because I was anxious to find the truth, I had a huge problem with the main character.. I didn't like the way he acted with his wife and with his son... Actually, I didn't like the way he treated almost everyone... He is always acting distant... I don't dislike him, I am intrigued by him and his mind but I wanted him more... human...

  • Dimitris Passas
    2019-03-25 03:48

    Στο τρίτο βιβλίο της σειράς με πρωταγωνιστή τον Dave Gurney, ο Verdon φαίνεται να χάνει την καινοτόμο φαντασία του και το αποτέλεσμα είναι μέτριο. Μετά το ιδιοφυές ''Τhink of a number'', και το πολύ καλό ''Shut your eyes tight'', η ιστορία και η πλοκή του εν λόγω βιβλίου φαίνεται τετριμμένη και σε αρκετά σημεία σχεδόν αδιάφορη. Επιπλέον, αρκετά ερωτήματα που απασχολούν τον αναγνώστη κατά την εξέλιξη της ιστορίας μένουν αναπάντητα στο χλιαρό και ανέμπνευστο φινάλε. Δεν υποστηρίζω ότι το βιβλίο είναι για πέταμα αλλά ο Verdon έχει δώσει εξαιρετικά δείγματα γραφής και αυτή τη φορά με απογοήτευσε, καθώς περίμενα κάτι πιο δυνατό. Βέβαια, και σε αυτό το βιβλίο υπάρχουν κάποιες καλές στιγμές, ο Gurney εξακολουθεί να είναι ο ρασιοναλιστής, επίμονος και ακοινώνητος ντετέκτιβ που γνωρίσαμε στα πρώτα βιβλία ενώ γνωρίζουμε, για πρώτη φορά, τον γιό του Kyle, ο οποίος συμμετέχει και αυτός στο κυνήγι του ''Καλού ποιμένα΄΄, του serial killer που επαναδραστηριοποιείται μετά από 10 χρόνια σιγής. Εάν είστε πιστοί fans του Verdon, μην το χάσετε, εάν όμως δεν είστε εξοικειωμένοι με το έργο του τότε καλύτερα να το παραβλέψετε και να διαβάσετε το πρώτο και καλύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς, με τίτλο ''Think of a number''. Καλό Βράδυ!

  • Thanasis Papageorgiou
    2019-03-07 03:44

    Γίνεται σας παρακαλώ κύριε Βερντόν, σε κάποιο από τα επόμενα βιβλία σας, να πιάνει ένας δολοφόνος την γυναίκα του Γκάρνεϊ, να την βασανίζει, να την διαμελίζει και μετά να την τρώει; Αν δεν ξέρετε πως, ζητήστε βοήθεια από την κυρία Poppy Z. Brite. Σας ευχαριστώ. Κατα τα άλλα, καλό βιβλίο, ίσως το πιο "αδύναμο" μέχρι στιγμής, αλλά και πάλι στέκεται σε καλό επίπεδο. Εξού και τα 4 αστέρια. Και μπορεί να είναι και 8,5/10.

  • Bandit
    2019-03-04 07:43

    This was the longest (so far) and the least impressive (so far) of Verdon's books. Mind you, he's set the bar pretty high with the two previous Dave Gurney, retired detective extraordinaire, series, meaning that even a lackluster entry into his world would still be pretty decent, but it did lack a lot of the things that made books one and two so, so good. The character writing is still top notch, Gurney, his oddly balanced, yet very functional marriage (although by now one might start to question the sanity of a woman, who is willing to put up with that much, especially when Gurney seems to drag home with him the muck he's forced to plow through in his investigations), even his relationship with his son is finally being given some attention. The plot, though, the mystery itself just really fell short, wasn't nearly as creative, original and...well, mysterious, as one might have hoped for. Either Gurney is slipping or the toll of the violent ending of book two is showing...or maybe it was Verdon's one off. Remains to see. Inexplicably each audio book in the series is read by a new person and this one, consistently with the contents, actually is the most inferior so far. George Newbern did great with the first one and Scott Brick with the second one, like the pro that he is, this one was average, the female voices particularly odd. Still plenty entertaining, but not on par with its predecessors. Such can be the inconsistent delights of reading a series.

  • Jeanette
    2019-03-03 06:42

    Gurney novels are my fav for this particular genre of series in the thriller category. At least for all of those novels which have come out in the last 10 years. Despite the Nordic invasion. His tension is really crisp and intact from the get-go and you just have to keep reading to see what happens next. These are pretty graphic for most peoples' tastes, but without being occult or pure horror at all- he has still got that menacing chill factor foundation. And Dave fits into that slot (the reaction to it), perfectly too. And #3 is just as good as #2. Always waiting for the other shoe to drop in these novels. Brisk language too- quick and to the bone. Should be at least 3.5 stars if there was a half star system.

  • Serkan
    2019-03-09 09:43

    John Verdon "Aklından Bir Sayı Tut" ile tesadüfi bir başarı kazanmadığını bence devamında yazdığı 2 romanla da gösteriyor. Bilge dedektifimiz Gurney yine çözülmesi çok güç bir seri cinayetler vakasını aydınlatıyor. Bu romana 4 yıldız veriyorum, çünkü olayların nasıl gelişeceği kitabın ortalarında biraz kendini belli ediyordu. Çok fazla sürpriz yoktu belki ama yine de çok çok iyi yazılmış bir roman. Sayfaların nasıl aktığını hissetmeyeceksiniz.

  • Laura
    2019-03-08 08:28

    Amo los libros de John Verdon y amo a Dave Gurney como personaje. Tienda a disfrutarlos mucho porque, simplemente, son geniales.Este libro se lee rápido pero es un tanto aburrido ya que carece de giros espectaculares como en los otros libros. La historia no es mala pero es como si nunca terminara de explotar y, el final, me resulto un tanto decepcionante.De todas formas, tiene la firma de Gurney y de todos los personajes que lo acompañan que me encantan, excepto por un personaje que me pareció insoportable durante todo el libro ( te odio Kim!!)

  • Jeraviz
    2019-02-24 04:47

    La tercera parte me deja con buen sabor de boca. A pesar de que el principio del libro me pareció lento y no terminó de engancharme pronto me picó la curiosidad de saber más sobre la historia. Haciendo un balance general me parece el libro más completo de la trilogía, ya que tiene un desarrollo y un final en el que no deja nada sin atar y, en definitiva es lo único que cuenta, te crees lo que está ocurriendo.

  • Ciruela
    2019-03-03 10:24

    Ir a la librería, tomar un libro al azar y comprarlo porque la sinopsis te llama. No leí ninguna reseña, entonces lo termine, busque información y oh! sorpresa: "¡Querida! resulta que leíste el tercer libro de una saga saltándote los dos primeros".Eso es lo que paso. Igual le entendí super bien pero creo (por supuesto) que me spoilie los dos primeros libros.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-18 04:36

    For me the story did not grab me at all could not pick this up to keep reading might be me i don't know took to long to get into the story

  • Tony
    2019-03-09 05:20

    LET THE DEVIL SLEEP. (2012). John Verdon. ****.This was Verdon’s third adventure for his retired cop, Dave Gurney. He and his wife had moved to Upstate New York to live in the peace and tranquility that he thought he deserved. Like most retired people, however, Dave began to get bored very quickly. When a young woman journalism student approached him and offered his a job as a consultant to a study she was conducting on the effects on the survivors of murder victims, he agreed – after a token resistance. The group of remaining relatives that this woman was going to focus on were close family members of people who were killed ten years ago by a serial killer who came to be known as the “Good Shepherd.” There were six victims, all shot using a large caliber pistol while driving their luxury Mercedes. The killer got his name from a ‘manifesto’ he wrote and sent in to the police and the press. Even after ten years, the cops were clueless, although the killer was almost captured in a foiled chase by one of the homicide police. Verdon uses all the tricks he knows to build tension in this tale, and keep the reader guessing as to whom the potential killer might be. Of course, he manages to put Gurney in the way of harm several time, too, just to keep our interest. Verdon has written an impressive set of thrillers, that are both intelligent and tricky. Sometimes he goes over the top with his characters, but you get so caught up in the story that those go right by the reader. Recommended.

  • Ezgi
    2019-03-03 05:33

    Tipik bir John Verdon kitabıydı benim için. Zaten serinin diğer iki kitabını da okuduğum için karakterlerin önemli bir kısmına aşinaydım, diğerleriyle Dave sayesinde tanışmış oldum. Olayların yavaş yavaş ilerleyip son 50 sayfada büyük bir hızla tırmanışa geçmesi ve kitabın sonunda her şeyin büyük bir hızla çözülmesi durumu ilk kitapta beni biraz şaşırtmıştı ama ikinci kitapta da aynı durumu yaşayınca bu sefer beklediğim bir sonuçtu; beklediğim gibi de oldu. Alıştık artık sevgili John'un tarzına. :)Benim büyük bir zevkle ve Good Sheepherd'ın kim çıkacağını kestiremediğim için büyük bir merakla okuduğum bir kitaptı. Yazarın diğer iki kitabını sevdiyseniz bunu da seveceğinizden hiç şüphem yok. Fakaaaaat... Çevirmenin dili beni fazlasıyla rahatsız etti. Serinin ikinci kitabını da aynı çevirmenden okuyup bu kadar rahatsız olmamama rağmen bu sefer yazım ve noktalama hataları, cümlelerin yavanlığı beni o kadar rahatsız etti ki birçok yerde okuma zevkimi baltaladı diyebilirim. Kitapla ilgili yapacağım en büyük olumsuz eleştiri bu, umarım son kitap da aynı çevirmenin elinden çıkmamıştır..

  • Maria
    2019-03-05 03:29

    Estreei-me com John Verdon no livro Pensa num Número (opinião aqui), que não me impressionou por aí além. No entanto, fiquei curiosa com a sinopse deste seu novo livro e decidi arriscar. Em boa hora o fiz porque este livro é muito bom.Verdon pega num assassino em série, que matou seis pessoas há 10 anos, e trá-lo novamente para a realidade actual. Com o objectivo de ajudar uma jovem num documentário sobre os assassinatos do Bom Pastor, David Gurney, um ex-detective da Polícia de Nova Iorque, acaba por se envolver mais do que queria inicialmente na investigação de uma assassino que nunca foi descoberto.David Gurney é uma personagem com uma certa complexidade. Depois de uma vida cheia de aventuras, onde foi considerado um super polícia, o ex-detective vive na monotonia, em depressão, depois de ter sido ferido em serviço e acabado por se aposentar.Opinião completa:

  • Robert
    2019-02-25 09:46

    The third volume in an on-going detective series sees a former NYC super-cop, now retired to the sticks get dragged into yet another investigation on an amateur basis. Once again the story is eminently readable and it is an improvement over its predecessors in that it is not blatantly obvious who the mystery killer is - in fact I guessed incorrectly this time. THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT GOODREADS' CENSORSHIP POLICYSee the complete review here:

  • Pamela
    2019-03-13 10:35

    Will probably be my last in this series. The wife is just too annoying. The main character is turning into a dullard. And the son is far too eager to please his absentee father. Mystery wasn't bad, but can't make up for totally unlikeable characters. Count me out from now on.

  • Gary
    2019-03-01 05:42

    The 3rd book in the Dave Gurney series by John Verdon.I really enjoy his books but unfortunately there are not enough of them.

  • Христо Блажев
    2019-03-02 11:41

    Не дърпай дявола за опашката, защото ще те изяде:След тежките си наранявания от края на предната книга Гърни пак се е затворил в себе си. До момента, в който младо момиче има нужда от помощ, защото прави документален сериал за поредица мистериозни убийства, случили се преди 10 години. Шест скъпи черни мерцедеса са били застигнати в движение, а шофьорите – разстреляни. И едно писмо до медиите, в което убиецът, нарекъл се “Добрият пастир”, описва напоително как ще прочисти земята от алчните и богатите. Десет години случаят тъпче на едно място, но пък е истинско пиршество за психолозите, които имат достатъчно материал да градят своите теории. До момента, в който Дейв Гърни не се намесва, не бутва тяхната къща от карти и не се оказва сам на прицела на убиеца.Софтпрес

  • Maddy
    2019-03-26 03:47

    PROTAGONIST: Dave Gurney, retired homicide detectiveSETTING: New York StateSERIES: #3 of 4RATING: 3.25How does the most decorated homicide detective in NYPD history go into retirement? For Dave Gurney, it hasn’t been an easy journey. He was grievously injured while working on his last case, and now he’s living in a kind of twilight zone, feeling depressed, lethargic and angry. He and his wife, Madeleine, have moved to upstate New York; but Dave has no interest in what is going on around him. Basically, he has withdrawn from life.Can a new case help him recover from his physical and emotional injuries? He receives a phone call from journalist Connie Clarke, who wrote a flattering piece on him some time ago, asking for his help. Her college-aged daughter Kim has a school project and needs Gurney’s assistance. She is putting together a documentary focusing on the families of the victims of the serial killer known as the “Good Shepherd”. The murders occurred ten years earlier; Kim is interested in seeing how the families are faring after suffering the loss of their loved ones. She plans to examine the horror of murder by examining its impact on the victim’s family. Gurney is meant to serve as a mentor to her; but of course, he can’t help reopening the investigation as the killer had never been found. It doesn’t help that he believes that the original investigation was totally flawed, that the killer manipulated the police. He’s vocal about expressing this opinion, which doesn’t earn him any friends in the law enforcement community.And then the killing resumes, with the family members being the new targets of the Shepherd. Only his behavior has escalated—the deaths are occurring on almost a daily basis. Could the Good Shepherd be threatened by the first episode of Kim’s documentary, which was aired on a reality TV show? In addition to the murders, there are several alarming threats aimed at Kim. She blames her ex-boyfriend, Robby Meese—but could these be the work of the Shepherd as well? I had several problems with the book. The first was that Dave relied on a cop friend, Jack Hardwick, to ferret out obscure information for him. He made many requests of Jack—it was hard to believe that Hardwick would be so much at his beck and call. The second issue had to do with a psychologist who had profiled the Good Shepherd. A lot of her beliefs (as well as Gurney’s) were expressed in psychologically technical terms; e.g.:“….the concept of pattern resonance emphasizes the transference of energy from an original trauma into a current situation—which makes the current manifestation essentially an inanimate vehicle that is given life by the past. The application of the imitation-instinct paradigm would give the current situation a greater validity of its own.” Huh??? Working through those kinds of passages certainly slowed the pace down. The last issue had to do with the identity of the Good Shepherd. Suffice it to say the revelation was very superficial—after investing a good deal of time in reading the book, I expected that I would be able to better understand the killer.On the other hand, Verdon does an excellent job describing Gurney’s life since the time of the shooting and its deep-hitting impact on his life. At times, he’s not very likeable; but that feels entirely natural given what he’s been through. The one positive thing to come out of the situation is that he and his son, Kyle, have begun a reconciliation that looks to be long lasting. I really wonder where Verdon is taking this series next. I’m pretty sure that Dave Gurney isn’t going to be happy going on nature walks with his wife!

  • Luanne Ollivier
    2019-03-17 09:40

    was lucky enough to be an early reader (and fan) of John Verdon's debut novel - Think of a Numb3r. I love getting in on the ground floor of a new series. His second book - Shut Your Eyes Tight - was just as good and proved that Verdon wasn't a one book wonder. The latest book in his Dave Gurney series - Let the Devil Sleep - was fantastic! John Verdon just gets better and better.Retired NYPD Homicide Detective Dave Gurney has spent the last six months recovering from gunshot wounds sustained during his last attempt to bring down a serial killer. Yes, he's retired - but can't help himself - puzzles intrigue him and unsolved cases still call his name. He had the highest solve rate in the NYPD's history when he retired. But this time, he just can't seem to shake things off - he's out of sorts, short tempered with his ever patient wife Madeleine, can't stop worrying about his lingering symptoms and has no interest in doing anything. When Connie, an old journalist friend contacts him to ask a favour, he agrees out of a sense of obligation. Her daughter Kim is doing a series of interviews with families of the victims of a serial killer dubbed The Good Shepherd. Ten years ago, the killer targeted the wealthy, specifically those driving black Mercedes. The case remains unsolved and Kim would like to have him look over what she's doing with his cop's eye and give her feedback. But a lot occurs in that one day - there's more going on with Kim than she initially mentioned. And the interviews and files on The Good Shepherd pique Gurney's interest. It is Madeleine who notes that Gurney has done more in a day than he has in months - and he's not worrying about his symptoms every five minutes. Slowly, but surely, Dave is hooked again. He believes the initial investigation was flawed.In the beginning of the series, I wasn't sure what I thought about Gurney. But, as the series grows, so does Dave. This time out, we get to meet his son Kyle, with whom Dave has a difficult relationship. Verdon explores this dynamic well, letting us get a view of Gurney beneath the controlled exterior. Gurney's enigmatic wife Madeleine continually intrigues me. Her love of nature, colour and life are in stark contrast to Gurney's pursuit of killers. What makes this marriage work? Verdon allows to see into this relationship a little more every time. Madeline is still my favourite supporting character. Another recurring character is Detective Jack Hartwick. The testy relationship between Jack and Dave is entertaining. I did find it hard to warm up to Kim; I found her to be manipulative and self centered.So, the characters are great. What about the plot? Well, this is where Verdon shines. The plotting is impeccable, complex and devious. There are two plot lines running simultaneously - could they connected? Gurney's reasoning and thought processes were fascinating. I enjoyed the matching of wits between the FBI, their psychologist consultant and Dave. We get to reopen the case with Dave as he explores past files. However, the past is not content to stay buried and the tension, thrills and stakes are heightened as the killer puts Dave squarely in his line of sight. I had absolutely no idea whodunit until the last few pages. I love not being able to figure out the case until the end. Just a great series. You could read any of the books as a stand alone, but I bet you'll be hunting down the other two!

  • John Wiltshire
    2019-03-02 03:44

    Started this one today having enjoyed both the first two Think of a Number and Shut Your Eyes Tight. I'm going into this with great expectations that the author has been toying with us about the deranged wife, and that it's this book which will expose her and see Dave saved from her evil clutches. Yeah. But I like Dave Gurney enough to overlook this little flaw in his character (that he hasn't quietly murdered his wife) and enjoy some great writing and plotting. I'll update when finished...Finished.I think this is the best of the series so far, which is odd in a way as this is a novel where Dave is the only one who thinks there is a crime to solve. He becomes involved with a young journalist who is doing a story on a serial killer called the Good Shepard, who murdered six people. Ten years after the crimes, she is interviewing relatives to see what impact the deaths had on them. Dave begins to suspect the whole rationale of the killings, much to the chagrin of the FBI agent who worked the case. However, Dave's also still recovering from the shooting at the end of the previous novel, so his responses to most things are slightly off. No one believes him, and his stubborn refusal to drop the investigation ultimately brings the Good Shepard's ire down on him.I've been pondering these novels as I've read them and come to conclusion now that the wife isn't supposed to be an evil character. So it's odd that she causes such a jarring, unpleasant reaction in me every time she makes an appearance. I've actually fabricated a theory where she isn't actually real--that only Dave can see her, and thus her weird behaviour can be explained because she's only in his head. I have lots of evidence to make this theory work (as well as they do in The Uninvited, anyway) as she doesn't appear to interact with any other characters in the book. She's either utterly passive aggressive in her relationship with Dave (as voices in your head often are), or she's described in almost post-LSD-trip hallucinatory, intensely mismatching colours and exhibiting loony out-of-context behaviours (always drifting in and out on walks and blathering on about air and sunshine). And my final piece of evidence (for those of you who've read through to the very final page of this third novel),(view spoiler)[ what the heck kind of ending was that? More drug-induced colours and hearing music? She's not real. Trust me. (hide spoiler)]So why the five stars? Well this story had me returning to it at every opportunity. This is just a well written novel. The supporting characters (other than she who shall remain nameless) were excellent, the plot complex and engaging, and Dave is a consistently enjoyable person to spend time with. If only he could get rid of the voice in his head...

  • Evan Lewis
    2019-03-09 06:35

    I learned something this week: John Verdon is a heck of a writer. I read LET THE DEVIL SLEEP in two days, which is saying a lot, because it's a BIG book, running 449 pages. It was just hard to stop.This is Mr. Verdon's third novel, and third in the continuing adventures of retired NYPD homicide detective Dave Gurney. And now, God help me, I'm going to have to find and read the first two, THINK OF A NUMBER and SHUT YOUR EYES TIGHT.LET THE DEVIL SLEEP begins with Gurney at home, lamenting the gunshot injury that ended his career, when he's asked to help a passionate young journalist with a TV project. Ten years earlier, you see, a killer calling himself the Good Shepherd blasted six people off the highway and was never caught. The journalist, a young lady named Kim Corazon, plans to interview the families of the victims to examine the toll the killings have taken on their lives.Gurney isn't much interested until it appears someone is trying to scare he and Kim off the project, and the FBI is stonewalling all attempts to get details of their failed investigation. When he's pushed, Dave Gurney pushes back, and pushes hard. He's soon committed not only to assisting Kim, but reopening the ten-year-old Good Shepherd case, and finding out where the FBI went wrong.We meet some great characters here: Another ex-cop driven more-than-half mad by his obsession with the Shepherd. A psychoanalyst whose stellar reputation is threatened by the reopening of the case. A couple of detectives who still value truth over propriety. And family members of the Shepherd's old victims, some angry and some despondent, but all still struggling to brings their shattered lives back into balance.Let the Devil Sleep is above all a mystery novel, but John Verdon's explorations into Dave Gurney's character and relationship with his wife, his son, and his fate make this a powerful novel as well.Bottom line: I'm now a Verdon fan. I'll be eagerly awaiting his next book.

  • Frank Castillo
    2019-03-20 08:20

    Esta novela sin duda tenía un inicio más lento de los dos primeros libros de la serie.... Pero el rompecabezas me mantuvo enganchado con la acción lenta y la construcción del misterio. No hay nada en concreto para aferrarte, a medida que avanzas lentamente. Como los libros anteriores, la linea es tensa, en lugar de llenar cada parte de acción.La introducción del hijo de Dave, Kyle, le da un giro inesperado, aun me parece que la forma de terminar sus libros y con todo el misterio de un solo golpe y tajante, hace que te quedes con ganas de más y al mismo tiempo decepciona. Es un misterio agradable, sólido, pero tienes que estar dispuesto a empezar lento, ya que el inicio no es fácil. En este tercer libro de John Verdon, regresa nuestro protagonista Dave Gurney, quien ya esta cansado, nada le da placer (gustos, olores, naturalezas "belleza), nada le da la satisfacción que desea, el consuelo que anhela. Después de sus anteriores aventuras, peligrosas para la vida, su malestar es comprensible. Parece que solo necesita un poco de descanso para curar sus heridas emocionales y físicas.... Pero en realidad el hombre necesita un nuevo caso, que lo traiga de vuelta, y nada mejor que competir con un psicópata.