Books by John Verdon

WHITE RIVER BURNING by John Verdon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"It's easy to see why this series is so popular, blending as it does the hard-boiled social observations of noir fiction with the inscrutable pleasures of classic 'whodunit' puzzle-solving."
Once again, the bucolic upstate retirement of NYPD homicide ace Dave Gurney is disrupted by a grisly murder spree. Read full book review >
WOLF LAKE by John Verdon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The case is a bit cluttered, Gurney's drawn-out ratiocinations slow the pace at the end, and Verdon's straightforward prose doesn't effectively evoke the tale's dark setting. Still, the notion of shared nightmares holds the reader start to finish."
Standard isolated-inn thriller with notes of horror and hints of the supernatural. Read full book review >
PETER PAN MUST DIE by John Verdon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Gurney's and Hardwick's outsized egos interfere with good judgment in this otherwise smoothly written novel."
Verdon's successful series—featuring thoughtful, puzzle-solving retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney—adds another chapter with this dark tale of a demented contract killer who becomes entangled with a rich, but disturbed, family. Read full book review >
LET THE DEVIL SLEEP by John Verdon
Released: July 24, 2012

"Endless allusions to Dave's brilliance can't obscure the fact that the colorless killer's plot is based on a cliché so well-established in the genre that experienced readers, spotting it long before the tortured genius, will feel pretty doggoned clever themselves."
Still recuperating from the physical and psychic wounds he suffered in closing his last case (Shut Your Eyes Tight, 2011, etc.), retired NYPD Detective Dave Gurney is drawn into yet another one, a 10-year-old serial killing that's never been closed. Read full book review >