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Think of a Number by John Verdon
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Aug 03, 10

it was amazing
bookshelves: crime, murder, mystery, mystery-adventure-thriller
Read from July 27 to August 01, 2010

I found this to be one of the most satisfying thriller/mystery books I have read in a while. If you like puzzles, you will love this book. It details a murder in upstate New York and subsequent murders that are wrapped in an enigma. Dave Gurney, a celebrated but retired NYPD homicide detective, is contacted by Mark Mellery, an old college acquaintance, to help unwrap the mystery of some letters he has received. What would you do if you received a letter that asked you to think of a number and correctly predicts the number you chose? Then you receive more letters and phone calls that purport to reveal the less savory aspects of your private life. Mark asks Dave to put his investigative skills to work to thwart the letter ploy, but Mark suddenly shows up brutally murdered. Dave is swept up in the official investigation, lending his expertise to try and solve the mysterious and incongruous clues purposefully left by the killer. The book is well thought out. The mystery is intriguing. The clues are like breadcrumbs dropped skillfully by the killer to lead Dave, the police, and the reader to a bloody denouement.
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