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Think of a Number 

Think of a Number (2010)
(The first book in the Dave Gurney series)
A novel by John Verdon

 

"Remarkable... The writing is haunting and quotable, the twists expertly placed and infinitely plausible... You can read the book as a game of cat and mouse, a ride of chilling suspense, or a literary repast, since it provides all in abundance."
David Baldacci


"The best thriller I've read in a long, long time."
Tess Gerritsen


An extraordinary fiction debut, Think of a Number is an exquisitely plotted novel of suspense that grows relentlessly darker and more frightening as its pace accelerates, forcing its deeply troubled characters to moments of startling self-revelation.

Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration, 'Think of any number.picture it.now see how well I know your secrets.' Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD's top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.

What police are confronted with is a completely baffling killer, one who is fond of rhymes filled with threats and warnings, whose attention to detail is unprecedented, and who has an uncanny knack for disappearing into thin air. Even more disturbing, the scale of his ambition seems to widen as events unfold.

Brought in as an investigative consultant, Dave Gurney soon accomplishes deductive breakthroughs that leave local police in awe. Yet, even as he matches wits with his seemingly clairvoyant opponent, Gurney's tragedy-marred past rises up to haunt him, his marriage approaches a dangerous precipice, and finally, a dark, cold fear builds that he's met an adversary who can't be stopped.

In the end, fighting to keep his bearings amid a whirlwind of menace and destruction, Gurney sees the truth of what he's become - what we all become when guilty memories fester - and how his wife Madeleine's clear-eyed advice may be the only answer that makes sense.

A work that defies easy labels -- at once a propulsive masterpiece of suspense and an absorbing immersion in the lives of characters so real we seem to hear their heartbeats - Think of a Number is a novel you'll not soon forget.

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

March 2011 : Hardback
Title: Think Of A Number (Large Print Book)
Author(s): John Verdon
ISBN: 1445854570 / 9781445854571
Publisher: AUDIOGO
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August 2010 : Hardback
Title: Think of a Number
Author(s): John Verdon
ISBN: 0718156684 / 9780718156688 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 2010 : Hardback
Title: Think of a Number
Author(s): John Verdon
ISBN: 0307588920 / 9780307588920 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

June 2012 : Paperback
Title: Think of a Number (Dave Gurney, No.1): A Novel
Author(s): John Verdon
ISBN: 0307885453 / 9780307885456 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

September 2011 : Paperback
Title: Think of a Number
Author(s): John Verdon
ISBN: 1445854589 / 9781445854588
Publisher: Paragon
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

June 2011 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: Think of a Number (Dave Gurney)
Author(s): John Verdon
ISBN: 0307588939 / 9780307588937 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
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August 2010 : Paperback
Title: Think of a Number
Author(s): John Verdon
ISBN: 0141048700 / 9780141048703 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Audio Editions

July 2010 : Audio CD
Title: Think of a Number
Author(s): John Verdon
ISBN: 0307715272 / 9780307715272 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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2010 : Audio CD
Title: Think of a Number (Dave Gurney, No.1): A Novel
Author(s): John Verdon
ISBN: 0307715299 / 9780307715296 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

August 2010 : Kindle edition
Title: Think of a Number
Author(s): John Verdon
ISBN: B003ZDNNT4
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   

June 2010 : Kindle edition
Title: Think of a Number (Dave Gurney, No.1)
Author(s): John Verdon
ISBN: B0036S4ATA
Publisher: Broadway Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

 


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