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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,665 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Verdon Narrator: Scott Bric Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Gurney Series Release Date:
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When he was the NYPD’s top homicide investigator, Dave Gurney was never comfortable with the label the press gave him: super detective. He was simply a man who, when faced with a puzzle, wanted to know. He was called to the investigative hunt by the presumptuous arrogance of murderers – by their smug belief that they could kill without leaving a trace. There was always a trace, Gurney believed. 

Except what if one day there wasn’t?

Dave Gurney, a few months past the Mellery case that pulled him out of retirement and then nearly killed him, is trying once again to adjust to his country house’s bucolic rhythms when he receives a call about a case so seductively bewildering that the thought of not looking into it seems unimaginable—even if his beloved wife, Madeleine, would rather he do anything but.

The facts of what has occurred are horrible: a blushing bride, newly wed to an eminent psychiatrist and just minutes from hearing her congratulatory toast, is found decapitated, her head apparently severed by a machete. Though police investigators believe that a Mexican gardener killed the young woman in a fit of jealous fury, the victim’s mother—a chilly high-society beauty—is having none of it. Reluctantly drawn in, Dave is quickly buffeted by a series of revelations that transform the bizarrely monstrous into the monstrously bizarre.  

Underneath it all may exist one of the darkest criminal schemes imaginable. And as Gurney begins deciphering its grotesque outlines, some of his most cherished assumptions about himself are challenged, causing him to stare into an abyss so deep that it threatens to swallow not just him but Madeleine, too. 
Desperate to protect Madeleine and bring an end to the madness, Gurney ultimately discovers that the killer has left a trace after all. Unfortunately, the revelation may come too late to save his own life.

With Shut Your Eyes Tight, John Verdon delivers on the promise of his internationally bestselling debut, Think of a Number, creating a portrait of evil let loose across generations that is as rife with moments of touching humanity as it is with spellbinding images of perversity.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tami Habel | 2/9/2014

    " Wasn't as good as the first one... Seemed to drag on "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marie | 1/31/2014

    " This is the second book I have read by Verdon and it has moved him into my list of must read authors. The plot was intricate and fascinating. I love a book that really makes me stop and THINK. This book is also the second to feature Dave Gurney, retired former NYPD Detective. I also became intrigued with his home life including his somewhat complicated, however, entirely realistic, relationship with his wife Madeline. A great read, very different from the norm.Can't wait to get my hands on his next novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Frankie | 1/15/2014

    " I enjoyed this book so much more than the first Dave Gurney novel. This book made me believe that Dave, his wife, and their marriage might actually have some hope. Great story and so twisted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve Isenhower | 1/15/2014

    " The two Verdon novels, Think of a Number and Shut Your Eyes Tight, are two of the very best books I've ever read. The central plot of each is amazing and the twists and turns Verdon adds are tremendous. Verdon keeps you interest at every point. He does a great job of building each character and offers a lot of character introspection, which I normally don't like but Verdon does it very, very well. Superb books, both of them. "

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