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Deja en paz al diablo (Dave Gurney #3)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,702 ratings  ·  331 reviews
Nada es nunca lo que parece. Y menos si David Gurney está involucrado. Han pasado seis meses. David Gurney apenas ha conseguido reincorporarse a una cierta normalidad después de haberse encontrado al borde de la muerte tras resolver el caso más peligroso al que se... había enfrentado. Madeleine, su esposa, está preocupada; Gurney ha sido diagnosticado con síndrome de estré ...more
Paperback, 494 pages
Published June 2012 by Roca editorial (first published January 1st 2012)
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Murat Keti You don't need to read 1 and 2 you loose nothing about story, but there would be some spoilers about 1 and 2.
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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
Franco  Santos
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 llamo mi atención tanto como los otros. Sin embargo, quitando eso, sigue habiendo un misterio pétreo, implacable y, a su vez, con una brillantez pletórica.

El final es lo mejor de la novela. Es un espectáculo extraordinario.
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.
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 t
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 react
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.


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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 re
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, aca
Luanne Ollivier
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 dur
Evan Lewis
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 guns
Frank Castillo
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 ...more
Sofia Teixeira
John Verdon tem sido um nome sonante no que toca a policiais/thrillers em Portugal. Desde que o seu primeiro livro saiu por cá, Pensa Num Número, que muitos elogios têm sido tecidos à sua capacidade de prender o leitor à narrativa e, apesar de a minha estreia se dar apenas agora com Deixa Dormir o Diabo, é com grande fascínio que venho confirmar isso mesmo. Apesar do protagonista ser o mesmo que nas duas obras anteriores já publicadas no nosso país, a leitura deu-se de forma fluída tendo o efeit ...more
Jill Manske
Probably 3.5 stars, but not quite 4. Anyway, this is a very interesting murder mystery with some unusual paths. A young journalism student has an idea for a school project: interviewing family members of victims of a serial killer to see how their lives were impacted. A tabloid-like TV program, known for sensationalism and trashy programs, picks up the idea and contracts with her. She then asks for guidance from a medically retired NYPD homicide detective, who gets more involved in the murders t ...more
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.
I guess I joined the Dave Gurney series at volume three. I don’t think this was a disadvantage however. The story gave enough background that you could get the sense of this character without necessarily reading the other books. I enjoyed the book so much that I would not hesitate to recommend readers to pick up the other two.

I am still trying to put my finger on exactly what it is about this novel that has me thinking about it almost a week after finishing it. The main character, Dave Gurney, i
I found this book a bit disappointing after the first two by Verdun. The plot is weaker; Gurney doesn't truly get entangled in the mystery until the final third of the story, and I found it hard to really care about what was happening as a result.
Richard White
Third book in the series did not disappoint. Perhaps not as good as the first, "Think of A Number" but still a solid four star.
3,5 de 5 puntos

Un interesante libro en el que una cadena de asesinatos ocurridos diez años atrás vuelve al epicentro de las noticias. David Gurney se verá envuelto en una peligrosa trama en la que nadie es lo que parece y pondrá en peligro a toda su familia. Sus contactos y su privilegiada mente harán dar una vuelta de 180 grados a todo el caso, acercándose cada vez más a la identidad del asesino.

Un llanero solitario al que las cosas se le complican cada vez más, todo para no contradecir las con
Paulo Pires

"Deixa dormir o Diabo" é o terceiro livro de Jonh Verdon da série "Dave Gurney", e que como todos os bons autores fazem, vale por si só.
A história roda à volta de um inteligente serial killer, apelidado de "o Bom Pastor", que 10 anos atrás matou pelo menos 6 pessoas. O caso teve tal impacto que se tornou um "case study" da comunidade forense e sobre o qual se teceram teorias que serviram de referência para os profissionais da área. Um caso arquivado pelo FBI, mas que levantou muitas dúvidas a Da
Linda  Branham Greenwell
I really, really hope John Verdon keeps writing this Dave Gurney series
If you haven't read any of these books - start with Think of A Number - then Shut Your Eyes Tight - and now, this one Let the Devil Sleep
Let's see... it starts with Dave at home recovering from a gunshot wound - and really caught up in his new "role" of "of one of the injured". He gets a call from a friend asking him to do a favor - to help her daughter, Kim, with a project about a 10 year old serial murder case - The Good Sh
Ryan G
To be perfectly honest with everyone, while I love mysteries, I'm not normally a huge fan of thrillers. There have been a few over the last few years that grabbed and held my attention, but none refused to let me go once I got started on them. Let the Devil Sleep is the first thriller that I didn't want to put down, and if it weren't for that fact I'm getting old and tire easily, I would have stayed up all night reading.

I was sucked in from the very beginning, and I'm not even sure I can truly s
Crown Publishing Group
In this latest novel from bestselling author John Verdon, ingenious puzzle solver Dave Gurney puts under the magnifying glass a notorious serial murder case – one whose motives have been enshrined as law-enforcement dogma - and discovers that everyone has it wrong.

The most decorated homicide detective in NYPD history, Dave Gurney is still trying to adjust to his life of quasi-retirement in upstate New York when a young woman who is producing a documentary on a notorious murder spree seeks his co
PROTAGONIST: Dave Gurney, retired homicide detective
SETTING: New York State
SERIES: #3 of 4
RATING: 3.25

How 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. Bas
Jordi Soler
"Keeps you guessing" es una expresión inglesa de difícil traducción pero que describe a la perfección lo que son las novelas del detective jubilado Dave Gurney. Literariamente no es que Verdon sea un dechado de virtudes, pero sabe cómo narrar una historia de suspense que te atrape por las solapas y no te suelte hasta la última página. Domina el juego del "¿quién lo hizo?" al cien por cien, pero le falla el "¿por qué?", a la postre siempre la parte más complicada de cualquier thriller de misterio ...more
Dave Gurney isn’t doing too well. After events in the last book (Shut Your Eyes Tight), he’s been a bit down on himself – enough so that his wife Madeline’s getting a bit worried. So when a reporter he used to know calls up asking if he would provide some feedback to her daughter’s thesis project about the impact of unsolved murder on its victim’s families, Madeline gets him to at least take a look at it.

What he finds is way more than he bargained for.

Kim Corazon’s project is on the impact of a
Toni Lotspeich
The writer really pulled me in at the beginning. The story line was a good one, however, he started to lose me about half way through. It seemed that the characters had the same conversations over and over. The phrase "Let the Devil Sleep" is powerful but it seemed to be a side line instead of the story itself. There was this long build up to the ending where the killer was reveal and I was on the edge of my seat and then it was "oh it was him". It just didn't deliver the big bang that I like wi ...more
Lynn Pribus
Not quite up to his previous books -- especially the first. A provocative case with misleading tangents, but I was pretty suspicious about the angle which turned out to be the key. Previous books had me completely in the dark.

Characters are easy to keep track of, a bit overblown perhaps -- the snotty FBI agent, the oh-so-helpful old friend on the force. A nice condemnation of ugly and exploitive TV, but the whole thing was a bit repetitive as if his contract was for a book about 15K words more t
I really enjoyed his first two books, but this one - not so much. The female characters were whiney and some of the other characterizations were over the top. I understand the need for an FBI agent to be abrasive if you are trying to put forth an alternate explanation to his biggest case ever, but for said agent to try and convince local authorities that Gurney burned down his own barn? I found a lot of the situations in this book far-fetched. Another thing that bothered me was the titles of the ...more
Παρά το ότι η αρχή δε με ενθουσίασε,η συνέχεια είχε σασπένς κ αγωνία...διαφορετική γραφή ο Βερντον,περισσοτερο εγκεφαλικη κ με λιγότερη δράση....ωστόσο δελεαστική -για τα γούστα μου-ώστε να θέλω να διαβάσω κι άλλα βιβλία του.
Perry Martin
John Verdone has written four of the best police detective novels ever. Called the Gurney Detective novels this is the third of four books written so far. All books are available on

This audiobook as well as the fourth book "Peter Pan Must Die" are narrated by Robert Fass. Robert is now one of my favorite narrators. His ability to create unique characters is far above others in his field. As a listener you are drawn into the world the author has created. Each character comes alive an
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