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Think of a Number by John Verdon
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Jun 28, 2011

really liked it
Read from June 26 to 28, 2011

Great book, well written and intelligent. The lead retired Detective, Dave Gurney, is a troubled individual, who seems to to going through the motions of his life after the force. Not entirely happy in his new home and surroundings in the Catskills, and not in tune with his wife, in fact, their relationship is completely lacking any physical contact and closeness, and we discover the reason why eventually, that the death of their 4 year old son, has left them drifting in opposite directions. Apart from the personal story, the plot is clever and starts when a former college acquaintance of Gurneys, Mark Mellery, comes to him for help, when he received a perplexing series of poems and the prediction of a number that the mystery writer asks Mellery to think of and then provides for him in a separate envelope. After a series of strange and baffling murders, including eventually, Mellerys, Gurney assists in the investigation, which is full of smoke and mirrors. Great debut novel from John Verdon, hope his follow ups are just as intriguing.

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