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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?
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.
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.
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
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