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White River Burning

A Dave Gurney Novel: Book 6

List Price: $26.00

ON SALE: July 10, 2018 | Hardcover | 6x9 | ISBN 9781640090637

The next installment of Verdon’s internationally bestselling series featuring retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney, who must solve a deadly puzzle amidst murder and racial strife in one small town.

Tensions have been running high in White River as it approaches the one-year anniversary of a fatal shooting of a black motorist by a local police officer. The economically depressed, racially polarized city is on edge, confronted with angry demonstrations, arson, and looting. In the midst of the turmoil, a White River police officer is shot dead by an unknown sniper. As the town spirals out of control, local authorities approach Dave Gurney to conduct an independent investigation of the shooting.

The situation in White River becomes truly explosive as more killings occur in what appears to be an escalating sequence of retaliations. But when Gurney questions the true nature of all this bloodshed, and zeroes in on peculiar aspects of the individual murders, his involvement is suddenly terminated. Obsessed with evidence that doesn’t support the official version of events, Gurney cannot let go of the case. Despite intense opposition from the police, as well as from dangerous fanatics lurking in the shadows, he begins to uncover an astonishing structure of deception—learning that nothing in White River it what it seems to be.

White River Burning is the most provocative and timely book yet by the author hailed by the New York Times as “masterly”—furthering the adventures of Dave Gurney, a detective reviewers have compared to Sherlock Holmes.

About John Verdon

JOHN VERDON is the author of the Dave Gurney series of thrillers, international bestsellers published in more than two dozen languages: Think of a NumberShut Your Eyes TightLet the Devil SleepPeter Pan Must Die, and Wolf Lake. Before becoming a crime fiction writer, John had two previous careers — as an advertising creative director and a custom furniture maker. He currently lives with his wife Naomi in the rural mountains of upstate New York—raising chickens, tending the garden, mowing the fields, and devising the intricate plots of the Gurney novels.

Praise

Praise for Wolf Lake

“Fans of classic fair play who appreciate well-developed characterizations in their whodunits will relish Verdon’s richly atmospheric fifth mystery featuring retired NYPD homicide detective Dave Gurney (after 2014’s Peter Pan Must Die…) Verdon couples the continued nuanced exploration of Dave and Madeleine’s relationship with one of his most sophisticated solutions yet.” —Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)

“At the center of the natural and emotional turbulence, Gurney remains steady, methodical, and scientific as he pulls together the case’s disparate strands… [T]he notion of shared nightmares holds the reader start to finish.” —Kirkus Reviews

Wolf Lake is a perfect thriller, one that revels in the darkest of places, in worlds both real and imagined. There are monsters in this book, certainly, but they live and breathe and look like us, which makes them all the more frightening. A complex, engrossing mystery, Wolf Lake will challenge what you believe to be true about the banality of evil and the lengths men will go to for the things they most want to hide.” —Tod Goldberg, author of Gangsterland, Finalist for the Hammett Prize

“This novel has a hook worthy of any King creation: Four unrelated individuals in different parts of the country have the same nightmare, then appear to commit suicide. How’s that for attention grabbing?” —Bookbub

“Why isn’t John Verdon huge? Like household name huge? Verdon has a very distinctive style, one that is slightly offbeat without being off-putting… Verdon is an author deserving of your time and attention; if you love mysteries, you owe it to yourself to read Wolf Lake.” —Bookreporter.com

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