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Think Of A Number (Dave Gurney #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  11,399 ratings  ·  1,372 reviews
When Dave Gurney, retired NYPD homicide detective, is contacted by an old college acquaintance about some startling letters he's been receiving, it is at first little more than a diverting but sinister puzzle. Then the acquaitance is killed. Gurney finds himself in the midst of a murder investigation that makes no sense.
Paperback, 500 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Penguin Books (first published 2010)
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There is a new voice in psychological thrillers and his name is John Verdon. Think of a Number is an unbelievably, excellent debut novel. This one will grab you from the get go! The suspense builds, the plot thickens, your heart races, your palms sweat, the pace accelerates and you tighten your grip to navigate the twists and turns coming at break neck speed. Good thing the pages fairly turn themselves as you will need both of your hands to hold on. This book is unputdownable! The writing is cle
M-A-R-A-V-I-L-H-O-S-O!! Um dos policiais mais bem conseguidos que li até hoje. Recomenda-se vivamente para quem gosta (adoraaaa, como eu) este género e mesmo para quem não é muito fã do género.
James Thane
Dave Gurney has recently retired from his job as one of the NYPD's most talented homicide investigators. He's moved to a rural area in upstate New York and is attempting to rebuild his relationship with his wife, Madeleine, who has always been forced to take a back seat to his job. But then Dave receives a plea for help from Mark Mellery, an old college classmate, who has received a threatening communication--a poem, actually--from someone who claims to know his most intimate secrets.

To prove t
Franco  Santos
El primer libro de mi saga policíaca favorita. No es el mejor de la serie, en mi opinión. No obstante, es una muy buena novela, que me gustó mucho. Es muy interesante el tinte psicológico que le dotó a esta historia el autor; me encantó éso.
Sé todo lo que piensas,
sé cuándo parpadeas,
sé dónde has estado,
sé adónde irán tus pasos.
Vamos a vernos solos,
señor 658.
Es un caso que no tiene ni pies ni cabeza, desborda la razón y la coherencia. Cuanto más investiga Gurney, más complejo se torna todo el
Think of a number between 1 and 1,000: Go on, first one that enters your head.


So John Verdon arrives on the scene with a cliche-ridden brick of a book about a genius detective whose obsessive behaviour is damaging his marriage and so he has retired from the NYPD to upstate NY where everything will be much better...if he doesn't get dragged into solving a mystery for an old college mate who is being sent freaky hand-written messages by a scary person who seems to know more about the recipient t
Sandra Stiles
This book took me longer to read than most books. The reason? I kept trying to figure out the clues. I am obviously not very good at that. Dave Gurney is a retired detectivce. He has retired and is now spending time with his wife. Unfortunately after suggesting he take an art class with her, his wife is not happy with the path that class has taken. First of all her husband is creating art out of the mug shots of serial killers he put away. Second of all she can tell that the instructor has the h ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I’ve been successfully cured of my addiction to mysteries and thrillers year ago, but when Audible dangled this lovely carrot right in front of my nose in the form of their Audible daily deal, I simply couldn’t resist. John Verdon has been receiving a lot of praise from those far more familiar with the genre so of course I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Think of a Number starts off very strongly, with a seemingly unsolvable puzzle in front of our retired detective. Dave Gurney has bee
Dee Dee Walker
I just finished this book and I have to say that I was quite disapointed. I began this book with raving reviews. It wasn't until a was about half way through that I started to rethink how great this book was. I have to confess that I was totally caught up with the mystery of how the killer seems to read minds. Put quite simply, the killer ask the victim, via a letter, to think of a number and the killer professes to know what that number will be. The number is in a sealed envelope. The number is ...more
Tim Warner
Having just finished this book, I might rate it far too highly. But it is an incredible read on many levels. I kept thinking that if John Updike wrote a thriller, well, this would be it. It isn't imitative of Updike, but it carries the weight or maybe better said, the angst of developed characters dealing with interior landscapes rarely explored in this genre.

The book is not what I would call a page turner, until towards the end. In fact, there is a plodding sense to the pacing of the story whic
It's 9PM and I'm thinking: "I'll lay in bed for a bit, read and call it a night. Gotta get up early, wake my daughter up, fix her lunch, get breakfast ready and then take her to school." The book I'm reading is John Verdon's latest: Let the Devil Sleep. The plate that sits on top of the chimney on the roof sends the sound of rain - like soft staccato bullets - down the chimney chute into the bedroom. I hit the power switch on my Kindle and focus on the page before me.

After reading a few hundred
Larry Bassett
Apr 14, 2014 Larry Bassett rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Larry by: Jeanette
Shelves: mystery
Un-fucking-believable but a great story with adrenaline and thought provocation too.

This is the first book in what is, at this time, a four book series about the retired star police homicide detective Dave Gurney who still wants to keep his thumb in the pudding. He has moved from NYC to rural upstate NY, has a perceptive wife and the hint of some life trauma, an “accident” that was the death of their four year old son. This author was suggested to me by a new GR friend so is a trial run for me.
Sam Quixote
I made it to page 20 of this mediocre "thriller" before throwing in the towel. I realise that it's not giving it much of a chance, how could any writer bring energy or develop a plot in that time? Well some writers have, notably Michael Connelly and Stephen King, which is probably why they're as famous as they are.

John Verdon isn't much of a writer though. Here are some examples of his awful writing that made me put the book down:

"He realised that planting tulip bulbs on a glorious Indian-summe
Καλή προσπάθεια του John Verdon να γράψει κάτι διαφορετικό.Συμπαθητικό αλλά δεν είναι από τα βιβλία που με ξετρέλαναν.Καλή ιστορία,μυστήριο,αγωνία με έξυπνους γρίφους που κρατάνε τον αναγνώστη σε εγρήγορση,αλλά λίγο κουραστικό σε ορισμένα σημεία.Ήταν λίγο περισσότερο μακρόσυρτο από ότι θα έπρεπε.Δεν ήταν τόσο καλό όσο το περίμενα.Το τέλος είναι αναμενόμενο.
Sé lo que estás pensando ha resultado ser una lectura intrigante y con mucho trasfondo psicológico. Un thriller policial muy bien ambientado, con un caso bastante atípico y que llama la atención del lector desde el principio, puede que peque de ser algo lento pero, eso sí, me enganchó una barbaridad.

Nelly Petrianidi
Ενα πανεξυπνο αστυνομικο θριλερ σε κραταει σε ενταση και αγωνια μεχρι και την τελευταια του σελιδα..
Ο ταλαντουχος John Verdon ξερει πως να παιζει με το μυαλο μας κι αυτο φαινεται πολυ καλα στο συγκεκριμενο βιβλιο!
Αξιζει να διαβαστει!

“What he took he will give, when he gets what he gave.”
It is the first book of this writer that I 've read, and I am excited!!!
A very nice story, with a lot of mystery!!!
Jan 20, 2011 Andrea rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery and crime lovers
Note: SPOILERS!! Don't read if you want to be surprised by who the killer is!!

I borrowed Think of a Number from my grandmother to read and I finished it fairly quickly. I'm not usually a big fan of mystery novels but this one drew me in with the interesting number trick. The whole time I was reading the book, I just wanted to know how the killer had done it! How could he predict what number out of a thousand a person would think of?? It drove me nuts enough to keep reading until I found out. By
Algumas ideias sobre o livro:

- Gostei da premissa do livro porque parecia um pouco diferente do que tinha lido até agora dentro do género policial
- Está muito concentrado no desenrolar da investigação criminal - característica que me agradou bastante! - e não se perdia muito com aspectos mais pessoais da vida das personagens. No entanto, apesar de por um lado isso ter sido bom, por outro, principalmente na parte final, acho que pecou um pouco; havia algumas coisas que pediam algo mais conclusivo
I hate to say a book was bad, but this book was bad. The characters were almost interesting, if they hadn't been so archetypal. The plot started off interesting (though it got less so as it moved toward the climax of the story line). The writing - bad. I felt like the author had a list of nonverbal descriptions, analogies, and big words that he was trying to find a place for and would therefore shove them into the thoughts or dialogue of characters that would not have used those words. The descr ...more
Another 24 hour book - it is a must read for someone who is just dying for a good curl up by the fire and enjoy the snow or cold weather with a book. I'm cheating a bit here because I know three things about this book that make me confident that it is that good. First it has been nominated for both the Edgar first novel and Edgar best mystery of the year. Second, it came personally recommended by Harlan Coben (2 degrees of separation), who said this is the new up and coming author. Lastly, I rea ...more
You have the keys to the Ferrari in your hand. As you step in and shut the door behind you your eyes sweep over the gauges. You place the key in the ignition. Wait for it, wait for it. You turn the ignition to the on position. The engine starts up with a throaty growl. You feather the gas. VROOM! VROOM! With sweaty palms and trembling hands you grab the shift knob and start working through the gears. Your eyes glance at the speedometer as the world starts to spin past your windshield. 60. 90. 12 ...more
Jennifer Osterman
I love a good mystery. I grew up on Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Peters. When I watch "whodunit" TV shows with my husband, we place bets on who did it and why, and usually we've figured it out within the first 15 minutes of the show. Lately that's how I have felt while reading mystery books. However, while reading "Think of a Numb3r", I found my theories repeatedly disproved. This, and the puzzling nature of the "think of a number" puzzle, kept me very involved in this book. There was one puzzl ...more
Think Of A Number
Author John Verdon

Think of any number and I promise you that I will know which one you picked. Sounds like a parlor trick or a card trick. No so! This is more serious. Imagine receiving a note and several unsigned poems from an unknown source telling you that you will pay for what you have done, for your past and for your sins. What if you guessed a number in your head and opened an envelope sent with this poem that told you the number you picked. How would you react?

You open th
Eu adoro policiais, e quando li esta sinopse cedi ao meu desejo de levar a estreia de Verdon para casa. John não nos trás o serial killer típico, porém, ele tem um QI acima da média, onde cria cenas elaboradas. Como consegue ele adivinhar um número em que pensamos, que não tem qualquer significado para nós, mandando uma carta? É realmente perturbador...
David Gurney é um policia de Nova Iorque, aposentado, que chegou a Nova York para morar com a sua esposa, Madeleine. Ambos ainda estão de luto pe
This was the first book I have read by John Verdon and I quite enjoyed it. This is the first in a series of 4. The characters were well developed with a clever plot. This started off somewhat slow for me but quickly picked up on pace as the story developed. 4.5 stars
Eva Maraki
Εκπληκτικά καθηλωτικό,γεμάτο ανατροπές..από τα καλύτερα που διάβασα


Es la primera vez que leo a John Verdon y la experiencia fue muy buena.

El libro es atrapante desde el minuto cero, la historia no tiene ni pies ni cabeza y parte de la necesidad de seguir leyendo es querer llegar a una resolución. Y esa resolución está bien. Quizá el libro va bajando un poco su nivel hacia el final pero nunca pierde la calidad.

Lo mejor para mi son los personajes, especialmente Madeleine (mu
Jul 22, 2011 Shannon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: first-read
Awesome! Well done! Looking forward to trying anything this author writes! Stayed up way past my bedtime to try to finish and had to pick it up FIRST thing this morning with my coffee!
Los primeros capítulos me bastaron para saber que no se trataba de un libro brillantemente escrito y que sus diálogos carecían de naturalidad, forzados en varias ocasiones como si el autor recurriera a ellos con el único propósito de ir dándole información al lector. No obstante, descubrir cómo el autor de los mensajes se las había ingeniado para adivinar el número pensado por cada una de sus víctimas mantuvo mi interés lo suficiente como para no darle tanta importancia a esos detalles.

Mi primer
Tempo de Ler
Um enredo interessante e intrigante que só poderia proporcionar umas boas (e empolgantes!) horas de distracção!

A leitura de Pensa num Núm3ro, por não ser de estrutura demasiado complexa, é bastante fluída, sem um desnecessário exagero em complexidade, como é por vezes comum neste tipo de livro.
Dave Gurney dificilmente gerará empatia imediata por parte do leitor, mas as suas lutas internas relativamente aos seus problemas e falhas pessoais humanizam-no bastante aos nossos olhos e, uma vez que se
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