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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 Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Gurney Series Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9780307917751
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeraviz | 1/13/2014

    " It's not a great book but an interesting reading. It has well-defined characters, fast dialogues and a clever story. All of this make you reading it quickly but this time I think Verdon ends it very fast and doesn't explain with details all the misunderstandings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 12/22/2013

    " Another murder, another mysterious killer and another great summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilyssa Wesche | 11/30/2013

    " There was a lot to keep track of in this book - some of it was too confusing. I found some of the police blundering and oversights a little hard to believe. That said, I'll try the third one so it couldn't be all bad! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 11/27/2013

    " I really like the way Verdon handles a mystery. However, I would give it a higher rating if the language was less crude. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 11/20/2013

    " what an insanely crazy messed up stories with so many twists and turns it was hard to keep straight. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Graves | 11/20/2013

    " Another great book by Verdon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marydawnschuck | 10/18/2013

    " I like books that keep me guessing, and this was one of those. It was a little gruesome at times, but I would definitely recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Uson peña | 9/3/2013

    " Un pelin rapido el final, como me paso con el anterior. Unas decenas de paginas mas y la cosa hubiera ido mejor. Pero muy recomendable por supuesto. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 5/17/2013

    " the plot could be a little confusing if you stop and start a lot. Well written with lots of interesting plot twists to keep one guessing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hatice | 9/26/2012

    " This book is really good, thanks to John Verdon. But this one isn't amazing as much as Think of A Number. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 12/3/2011

    " Another good read by John Verdon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lou | 7/9/2011

    " Great suspense with a fine twist. A little graphically violent; not for the squeamish. "

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About the Author
Author John VerdonJohn 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.
About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.