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Think of a Number by John Verdon
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Mar 11, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: suspense
Read in March, 2012

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 the point, the poet instructs Mellery to pick a number up to 1000 and then open another, smaller, envelope that was sent along with the threatening lines. Mellery picks the number 658 and is stunned to open the second envelope and discover that his adversary has correctly predicted the choice. Mellery asks Gurney for advice, but when Gurney suggests that Mellery should bring in the police, Mellery refuses for fear that it would cause complications in his professional life.

Despite his wife's misgivings, Gurney agrees to help his friend and thus goes to work with one if not both hands tied behind his back. To say any more would be to give too much away, but what follows is an excellent suspense novel that rises far above the average thriller, in which Dave Gurney matches wits with an extremely interesting and intelligent villain who has a very deep agenda.

A crucial subplot involves the relationship between Dave and Madeleine and the end result is a gripping story with very well-drawn and sympathetic characters. Think of a Number is an excellent debut novel that should appeal to anyone who enjoys a compelling, well-written story. I can hardly wait to read John Verdon's second book.
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Gloria Bernal Another one for my TBR list, James.

James Thane Gloria wrote: "Another one for my TBR list, James."

It's a good one!

Rick A good review of a great book! I am looking forward to reading #4.

James Thane Rick wrote: "A good review of a great book! I am looking forward to reading #4."

Thanks, Rick. I've really enjoyed them all so far.

Jacque After reading this, I started buying Verdon books without even reading the dust jackets.

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