Think of a Numberby Verdon, John
Highly-decorated NYPD detective Dave Gurney has reluctantly retired from the force and moved to upstate New York with his wife. An old college classmate, Mark Mellery, tracks Gurney down and presents him with a complicated puzzle. Mellery has been receiving intimidating letters and poems which indicate the writer can somehow read his mind. The first letter asks him to think of a number between 1 and 1000. The next letter unbelievably reveals the exact number he imagined. As each subsequent letter becomes more and more threatening, Gurney finds himself drawn into a murder investigation that is both unexplainable and mystifying. Several clues at the crime scene, such as footprints in the snow that stop in the middle of nowhere, completely stupefy the police. As Gurney and the authorities begin to make headway into the case, the meticulous and clever killer strikes again.
Think of a Number has everything an enjoyable thriller should: complex, interesting characters; an intricate plot with a baffling mystery; accomplished prose that takes you deep into the consciousness of the main characters; and relentless suspense that will keep you turning the pages late into the night. This is the first installment in an upcoming series featuring the captivating Dave Gurney.
Reviewed by bb, 02/12. Other reviews by bb. Have you read this book? Tell us what you think!