Saturday, October 13, 2012
Let the Devil Sleep by John Verdon
Let the Devil Sleep kept me enthralled for hours at a time. Gurney’s an intelligent, cynical, detail-oriented detective whose deep love for his wife lightens his own dark view of the world. Set largely in rural New York, the plot runs along three lines: the cold case Kim is creating a documentary about, Kim’s stalker/ex-boyfriend, and a new series of murders that seems as if it could be related to the ten-year-old case. There’s a strong emotional undercurrent which gives the characters greater depth and makes their actions more believable: Gurney’s depression and self-doubt, Kim’s desperation for success, and the pain echoing into the present from the decade-old murders.
Let the Devil Sleep is Verdon’s third Dave Gurney mystery, after Think of a Number and Shut Your Eyes Tight, but it can certainly stand alone. I can’t wait for the next installment.