It begins with a letter . . .
The letter contains a request - think of a number, any number - and a sealed envelope.
And inside the envelope is that number.
When Dave Gurney, retired NYPD homicide detective, is contacted by an old college acquaintance about some startling letters he's been receiving, he thinks it's little more than a diverting but sinister puzzle.
That is, until the acquaintance is brutally killed.
Suddenly Gurney finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation that makes no sense.
Because the killer seems to have known his victim intimately - how else was he able to predict his victim's thoughts, even his actions? How did he know his darkest secrets?
The killer is smart, and he is playing with the police.
But Gurney needs to be smarter.
This is only the beginning. And the killer alone knows where it will end.
Fans of Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay will love this unique and chilling high-concept thriller.
Praise for John Verdon:
'The best thriller I've read in a long, long time' Tess Gerritsen
'Wow! Totally absorbing, brilliantly written. The best book I've read this year' Sun
The numbers game gets a murderous spin in Verdon's deft, literate debut. Recently retired NYPD homicide detective Dave Gurney is an old warhorse much too easily led to water, in the view of his increasingly disenchanted wife, who insists it's now me-time. But it surprises neither of them that Gurney snaps at the lure when a beleaguered friend sets before him a tasty, number-driven puzzle. Mark Mellery has been receiving mysterious mailings that terrify him because he's convinced the author of them can somehow read his mind, and because the mailings threaten his death for crimes he can't recall having committed. Nor is Mellery the only one, it soon become evident, as a particularly malignant serial killer buckles down to business. Ever the puzzle master, Gurney tracks and unravels each clue until in an attenuated denouement that constitutes one of this thriller's rare self-indulgences he finally makes the numbers add up.
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Think of a number
Great thriller. I liked how the plot captured my imagination as I was reading it. Could not put the book down once started. Highly recommended.
Sharp intelligent inciteful
I found the story intelligent well though out well written and intriguing . I usually drive my family mad guessing the ending of thrillers and crimes long before then end. This one kept me puzzled linger than most. I was expecting a bit of a twist at the end though but excellent for a first time publish.
Think of a Number
Brilliant read, gripping from the start and holds the reader's attention until the last page. Loved it.