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Shut Your Eyes Tight (Dave Gurney #2)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  3,944 ratings  ·  467 reviews
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 t ...more
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Published July 12th 2011 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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James Thane
When Dave Gurney retired from the NYPD as a decorated homicide detective and moved to an isolated country farm, he thought he was putting his old life behind him. Certainly his wife, Madeleine, hoped that was the case, and she loves their new life of peace, quiet and long walks in the countryside. She delights in her flowers, the wild life that abounds around the farm, and in her various hobbies.

Dave, not so much. Gurney discovers that he misses the hunt. His job had energized and challenged him
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Franco  Santos
Mi detective favorito: David Gurney, goodreaders.

-Este caso es muy complejo. Tiene capas y capas, Davey. Es una maldita cebolla...
-¿Y?
-Y tú eres un pelador de cebollas nato; el mejor que ha habido nunca
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Verdon creó a un investigador retirado con quien me encariñé desde su primer libro. Este es el segundo de su saga, el cual me pareció mejor que Se lo que Estás Pensando.

Primero les voy a explicar qué caracteriza los casos de Verdon. Son siempre asesinatos en donde todo parece literalmente impos
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Elizabeth
This is the second book I've read by this author and the plots are gripping and the main character (although conforms pretty closely to the stereotypical male lead that bores me) isn't at all annoying.

There is one thing that bothered me in this book and in the first and I felt compelled to RANT about it. The main character's relationship with his wife doesn't make any sense to me. According to him, she is insightful and loving and beautiful and perfect. To me she's a horrible communicator, want
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Robert
This book is Think of a Number.

It's structurally identical and the plot is so similar as to make the identity of the murderer obvious from very early on, assuming you have already read Verdon's first novel, which I have. So that's a bit disappointing but it's a gripping read anyway - because it becomes a "howdunnit?" not a "whodunnit?"

Yes, the way the crime was committed becomes the central mystery and it's compelling enough to make me forgive the otherwise repetitious nature of this sequel - bu
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Randy
John Verdon has constructed a clever little puzzler here, a blending of two genres, thriller and police procedural.

here's the set-up. Spoiled rich girl marries celebrity psychiatrist twice her age. Shortly before the celebratory toast, she's found in the gardener's cottage sitting in a chair, decapitated, head sitting on a table facing the body. The Mexican gardener is missing, along with the neighbor's wife. The bloodhounds followed a trail behind the cottage leading back into the woods for a
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Filipa
John Verdon consegue surpreender-me com mais este livro.
Adorei o seu primeiro "Pensa num número" e estava desejosa de ler este, para começar a capa é simplesmente. . . maravilhosa.
A história deste "Não abras os olhos" (sendo esta frase a solução do último enigma do livro) é excelente, tem um enredo brilhante e o que o inspector aposentado David Gurney tem para descobrir são histórias enredadas noutras histórias, ficando o leitor envolvido numa trama que se adensa a cada capítulo novo.

Ao longo d
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Ricardo Mendes
Não Abras Os Olhos foi muito aguardado por mim desde que virei a ultima página do antecessor “Pensa Num Número” e finalmente chegou à minha mão. Na ânsia de não me desapontar baixei bastante as expectativas em relação a este livro na esperança de me surpreender. E foi mais ou menos isso que aconteceu.

O segundo trabalho de John Verdon tem quase tudo o que é exigido de um bom policial/thriller, contudo Não Abras Os Olhos ficou ligeiramente a perder em relação ao anterior.

Mais uma vez o escritor cr
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Nuno Peralta
Excelente enredo, que nos deixa "à toa" durante a maior parte do tempo, mas sempre de uma forma cativante, que nos mantém preso ao enredo. Só nas últimas páginas se começa a desfazer o novelo, para mais um final empolgante!
Cada vez mais fã do (ex-) inspector David Gurney!
Eska
Zekice kurgulamış bir cinayet okumayalı uzun zaman olmuştu bu iyi geldi. Bu seriyi seviyorum, kitapları hiç sıkmadan okunuyor aksiyon birazcık daha fazla olsa tam olacaktı ama olsun bu haliyle de güzel.
Gurney'nin ev hayatı ve eşiyle olan evliliği bana çok doğal hayatın içinden gibi geliyor, bu doğallık hoşuma gidiyor. Gurney karakterini seviyorum mükemmel olmaması, düşünüş tarzı, bulmacalara olan bağlılığı..
Güzel vakit geçirdim, kısacası beğendim çok zekice bir cinayetti.
Teresinha
Muy bueno. La trama se vuelve muy compleja en cierto punto, pero la madeja se desenreda de manera brillante, y todo cobra sentido.

Gracias a Verdon por el enorme detalle de quitarnos el conflicto de la esposa controladora, que nos dejará disfrutar ilimitadamente de Gurney. Y sí, deseamos larga vida a Gurney.
Tony
SHUT YOUR EYES TIGHT. (2011). John Verdon. ***.
With an over the top plot and a sufficient number of misdirections to choke a horse, Mr. Verdon offers his second thriller/mystery. Verdon is an excellent writer. He knows how to pace his story, slowly spinning out his clues which his protagonist, Dave Gurney, an ex-detective on the NY police force (and also the hero of Verdon’s first novel, “Think of a Number”), enters into his calculating mind in order to put them into the right place. The plot l
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Katy
Jun 14, 2011 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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In this sequel to "Think of a Number (Dave Gurney, No.1)," Verdon outdoes himself - his first book was very good - this one is AMAZING!!

Dave Gurney, retired homicide detective with the NYPD, is approached by Jack Hardwick from NYBCI (NY Bureau of Criminal Investigation) with a request. Four months prior, a young woman (Jillian Perry) was murdered on her wedding day - her head cut off with a machete - and while Hardwick originally was running the investigation, a disagreement with his commanding
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Harry
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
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Kimmel Tippets
This book was fascinating. I loved the idea of a murder that appeared to be perfect, with no trace evidence and contradicting facts. Detective Gurney was an interesting character. It was easy to see how serious he takes his job. It is obviously difficult for him to live a normal life without a puzzle to solve.
The relationship with Gurney and his wife, Madeleine was also amazing. Verdon does a great job at building the tension between them. I could really feel for her. She didn’t want to change w
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Julio
La segunda aventura del detective "retirado" David Gurney, quien no puede impedir sumergirse en un sangriento caso de asesinato (de una novia, en plena boda) mientras hace malabarismos con su matrimonio sin hijos (o, más bien, con uno perdido...), da clases a jóvenes detectives y lucha con sus propios demonios.

Esta historia sigue la misma honesta lógica del anterior: que el lector vaya aprendiendo los detalles del crimen, y de todo su torcido y enfermizo contexto, junto al detective. No hay as e
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Vichy
Ο Ντέιβ Γκάρνεϊ ζει με τη γυναίκα του, Μάντλιν, στην εξοχή. Είναι συνταξιούχος μετά από είκοσι χρόνια υπηρεσίας στην Αστυνομία και μαζί ψάχνουν την ισορροπία τους ανάμεσα στα σπαράγγια, στις ποδηλατάδες και στο δάσος. Ο Ντέιβ δυο πράγματα δεν μπορεί να ξεπεράσει. Την απώλεια του μικρού τους γιου και το μικρόβιο της λύσης των μυστηρίων. Αυτό το μικρόβιο εκμεταλλεύεται ο πρώην συνάδελφός του, Χάρντγουικ, όταν τον πλησιάζει και τον πείθει να δουλέψει για τη Βαλ Πέρι. Η Πέρι είναι μια πλούσια, με ετ ...more
Filipa
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Este é o segundo volume da série de policiais Dave Gurney. O primeiro volume (Pensa num Número) foi um verdadeiro abre-olhos, no sentido em que me abriu os olhos para um novo talento no universo de literatura policial. Foi um livro intrigante, com uma escrita verdadeiramente viciante e que me deixou com imensa vontade de conhecer melhor os trabalhos deste escritor que tanta sensação tem feito.
Não Abras os Olhos começa com uma premissa tão ou mais intrigante que a do livro an
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Richard White
Not quite as good a the previous entry, "Think of Number" one of my favorites, but a solid ✴✴✴✴.
Mike
I really enjoyed Verdon's first Dave Gurney book, Think of a Number, and this new entry lives up to the first and more. You would have to look far and wide for a more complex plot, but Verdon holds it all together in style and delivers a very satisfying read. Perhaps the sub-(sub-sub-??)plot relationship between Dave and his wife can be a little trying at times when you want to get back to the main story but it does show the protagonist to be a real live person with problems like the rest of us. ...more
Flannery
What I really like about John Verdon is his ability to create puzzles. There are some stunning details in every book so far, which didn´t let me go. Some mornings, when I woke early, I started musing about how the murder weapon got to that place where it was found, when no one could be seen in that video taking it there. Don´t think I´m mad, you will understand when you read the book. I just love puzzles.

But Verdon not only creates puzzles, he also jumps on the train leading to more and more vi
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Linda  Branham Greenwell
I really like John Verdon's books. The two I have read are intelligent and peppered with interesting psychological insights...even describing personality styles (which is always a good point for me )

Dave Gurney is a "retired" NYPD Homicide detective - who made quite a name for himself as detective. But Dave and his wife Madeline decide to retire to the country - Dave is 48 - for a quieter life.
Madeline loves the new life of country life... but Dave needs to be able to solve crimes... especially
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Matt
This book is an exceptional mystery thriller, perhaps one of the best I have read in a long time. Verdon not only brings the characters to life, but also makes the reader feel each and every turn of the plot and storyline. Main character David Guerney is taken along an amazingly cluttered path in the hopes of helping to solve a truly grisly murder of a bride decapitated on her wedding day.

What seems like a simply open and shut case leads us down many paths the reader may not want to explore, fr
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Dorie
What I enjoy most about this author’s books is that his protagonist’s thought process always seems to be one step ahead of the reader’s. His books would appeal to those looking for crime fiction of a more cerebral type.

The mystery involved Dave Gurney being hired by the mother of a bride who was found decapitated on her wedding day. It’s assumed that the gardener who occupied the cottage where the body was found was the killer, because he fled the area and no one has been able to locate him. It
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Patty
Book Summary...

Retired detective Dave Gurney is "enjoying" life with his wife Madeleine on their lovely farm in the Catskills. He is approached by an old friend and asked to explore a totally awful incredulous murder. He hesitates but cannot keep himself from getting involved...he loves a mystery, a puzzle, and a challenge and he appears to be dissatisfied with his life.
And this is where the fun begins...

My Thoughts...

I did not read "Think Of A Number" but I knew from reading reviews and talking
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Sara Strand
I will say that I'm pretty good at figuring out who actually did it, and I nailed it this time, but the reasoning behind... holy good lord it was creepy. And kind of frightening. Which made this book hard to put down and kept you on the edge of your seat. I realized shortly after starting it that this is the second in a Dave Gurney series (Think of a Number was the first) but it didn't matter, I didn't feel like I missed any key information to keep me out of the loop on this story since there wa ...more
Jennifer
Book Overview

Detective Dave Gurney, who readers first met in Think Of A Number, is back with another case—despite promising his wife Madeline that he really was retired after the events of the Mellery case. However, the reality is that Gurney is not cut out for retirement and a quiet life in the country. He needs a challenge and a puzzle to keep life interesting. So when an old colleague requests his help on a case, Gurney is easily drawn back into the fray.

Although the case appears to be open a
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Pat
After reading a series of fairly forgettable books, this was a pleasant change. I loved John Verdon's first book (Think of a Number) and I loved this, couldn't put it down. I won't rehash the plot, there are plenty of summaries available.

What impresses about John Verdon is his intelligent writing, the focus is not on blood and guts but rather the subtle clues and nuances in the case. I read an article recently about philosophy and the teaching of rational thinking - this book picked up on those
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André Nuno
Em Não Abras os Olhos, Verdon leva-nos a revisitar Dave Gurney em mais um caso pleno de pormenores intrincados, complexos e, tal como em Pensa num Número, aparentemente impossíveis.

Neste livro voltamos a entrar no cerne da investigação criminal através do olhar do mais famoso criminalista de Nova Iorque - que continua na condição de aposentado.
A aceitação por parte de Dave de resolver, na condição de consultor, mais um insólito homicídio vale-lhe (mais) uma tensa situação com a esposa, Madeleine
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Sharon
3.75 stars
At the end of Think of a Number (Dave Gurney #1) things ended on an upswing for our reluctantly famous detective. The case was solved and there was hope that Gurney's mental health and personal relationship troubles were behind him. Alas, that positive vibe didn't last long. Thank goodness. Book two finds Gurney back to his old obsessions- risking health, sanity and his marriage on another twisted battle of wills with a sociopath. Yay!
All the fun of the first novel is present in this
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Zaras Yiannis
I read this one because I really liked the first book in the series. I must say that while reading it I was getting the feeling that the author’s inspiration is stuck. After the brilliant Think of a number, perhaps John Verdon felt that he should write a book based on the same successful recipe as the previous one.

The reader is again thrown into a grotesque world of murder, the victims belong again to a specific group of social outcasts and once more it takes a really astonishing clue for the re
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JOHN VERDON has held several executive positions with Manhattan advertising firms, but like his protagonist, he recently relocated with his wife to rural upstate New York.
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“The stories people tell you about themselves seem to retain the possibility of being false. But what you discover about them by yourself seems to be the truth.” 21 likes
“This case is complex. It's got layers to it, Davey. It's a fucking onion... You're a natural-born onion peeler -- the best that ever was.” 18 likes
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