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Author of the bestselling Dave Gurney thrillers

John Verdon

American Editions

"Hero Dave Gurney is one for the ages."
—David Baldacci

"Endlessly inventive."
—Toronto Star

"Verdon is masterly at keeping Gurney a step ahead of the reader."
—New York Times

"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."

"As incredible as it seems, a relatively new author with no law enforcement background has created a protagonist with insight and skills that rival the best crime solvers of all time."
—New York Journal of Books

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“Verdon's brilliant seventh mystery featuring retired NYPD homicide detective Dave Gurney showcases a nifty impossible crime variant.”
— Publishers Weekly

Dave Gurney must employ all of his analytical skills to solve the frightening case of a murderer who seems to have risen from the dead.

White River Burning

"John Verdon writes grown-up detective novels… with intelligent plots, well-developed characters and crimes that have social consequences."— New York Times

When gruesome murders tear apart a racially polarized town, Gurney’s investigation uncovers deep layers of deception — and a shockingly cold-blooded villain.

Wolf Lake

"Fans of classic fair play who appreciate well-developed characterizations in their whodunits will relish Verdon's richly atmospheric fifth mystery." — Publishers Weekly

Eerie events at Wolf Lake Lodge present Gurney with a chilling question: How could four people have the same dream, and why would they all commit suicide after having it?

peter pan must die

"Verdon's distinctive blend of brilliant puzzle and psychological insight into his sleuth, retired NYPD homicide detective Dave Gurney, has never been better" — Publishers Weekly

Puzzle-solving master Dave Gurney brings his formidable analytical skills to the shocking murder of a wealthy politician that couldn’t have been committed the way the police say it was.

let the devil sleep

"The tension is palpable on virtually every page" –Publishers Weekly

While helping the daughter of a friend put together a crime documentary, Dave takes a close look at a notorious serial murder case — one whose motives have been enshrined as law-enforcement doctrine — and discovers that everyone has it wrong.

think of a number

“Taut and suspenseful… Verdon is in top form.” —Washington Post

A bride is decapitated at her own wedding reception at her new husbandʼs country estate. Through a series of strange discoveries and revelations, Dave Gurney gradually unravels one of the most bizarrely monstrous criminal schemes imaginable.

think of a number

“Itʼs hard to remember a better debut for a crime writer.” —Star Ledger

What if someone claimed they could tell what number youʼd think of before you thought of it — then proved they were right? What seems at first a diverting trick soon ignites a massive multiple murder investigation in this propulsive masterpiece of suspense.