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Think of a Number: A Novel

5 Ratings: 3.4
A book by John Verdon

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Author: John Verdon
Publisher: Crown
5 reviews about Think of a Number: A Novel
review by . July 22, 2010
Dave Gurney is a retired homicide detective who worked with the NYPD. When a old college buddy contacts Dave, saying that he has received a letter and would like Dave's help. This letter raises so many questions and the puzzle excites Dave. The killer can get inside his victims heads. How is that possible?    When his friend ends up dead and someone else receives the same letter, Dave tries to follow the clues but this is unlike any other murder he's investigated. When the evidence …
review by . June 02, 2010
"Do you believe in Fate? I do, because I thought I'd never see you again--and then one day, there you were. It all came back: how you sound, how you move--most of all, how you think. If someone told you to think of a number, I know what number you'd think of. You don't believe me? I'll prove it to you. Think of any number up to a thousand--the first number that comes to your mind. Picture it. Now see how well I know your secrets. Open the little envelope." - From Think of a Number    With …
review by . April 05, 2010
In upstate New York, retired NYPD homicide detective Dave Gurney is tempted by an old classmate to take on a case defined by poetic notes and cryptic intentions, unable to resist a cursory investigation that takes him to New Age-inspired Mark Ellery's Institute for Spiritual Renewal. Although Ellery's explanation of his present dilemma is filled with contradictions- and a paucity of honesty- Gurney is nevertheless seduced. Mellery has had a dark past, drugs, drinking and blackouts, hence the need …
review by . March 30, 2010
For all the up-to-date touches, Number is an old-fashioned throwback to the intricate puzzle mysteries that were popular from the early 1910s through the early thirties. Clue follow clue, carefully laid out for the reader to ponder, and questions abound. Every so often the detective, or one of his minions, lays out a list of puzzling facts so the reader doesn't forget them in all their dazzling intricacy. At its best, the genre produced a handful of classics -to mention a few, E. C. Bentley'sTrent's …
review by . March 30, 2010
For all the up-to-date touches, Number is an old-fashioned throwback to the intricate puzzle mysteries that were popular from the early 1910s through the early thirties. Clue follow clue, carefully laid out for the reader to ponder, and questions abound. Every so often the detective, or one of his minions, lays out a list of puzzling facts so the reader doesn't forget them in all their dazzling intricacy. At its best, the genre produced a handful of classics -to mention a few, E. C. Bentley'sTrent's …
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