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⇚ The Think of a Number (A Dave Gurney Novel Book 1) ⧀ Kindle Author John Verdon ⧍

⇚ The Think of a Number (A Dave Gurney Novel Book 1) ⧀ Kindle Author John Verdon ⧍ ⇚ The Think of a Number (A Dave Gurney Novel Book 1) ⧀ Kindle Author John Verdon ⧍ David Baldacci Reviews Think of a Number David Baldacci was born in Virginia, in 1960, where he currently resides He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia Mr Baldacci practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., as both a trial and corporate attorney He has published seventeen novels Read his review of Think of a Number below John Verdon has done something remarkable in his debut thriller, Think of a Number He has successfully juggled every storytelling ball, character, atmosphere, prose, pace and plot, with the skill and assuredness of a veteran novelist at the top of his game The writing is haunting and quotable, the twists expertly placed and infinitely plausible, the conjured locations vivid and memorable, the characters full of depth and promise 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 In the novel the set up provides an intriguing dilemma A man gets a letter that scares him to death by challenging him to think of a number That catalyst soon speeds the reader and Verdons hero, Dave Gurney, a legendary and now retired NYPD detective, headlong into a mystery of the first order Im pretty adept at figuring out these types of stories and while I hit on a few twists before Verdon probably wanted me to, the major ones were stunning surprises I read the last two hundred pages in one sitting I did this for two compelling reasons First, to find out what the hell was going on And second, just to enjoy the wonderful writing Some novelists promise plot and pace and deliver it with lightweight characters and silly dialogue Others get the characters spot on but the story is mediocre and predictable Verdon nails it all in his first novel The villain is appealingly terrifying, smart and cunning while operating mostly in absentia, and that is incredibly difficult to accomplish The answer behind the think of a number plot, most certainly a disaster in lesser hands, proves clever, winning and eminently believable Verdons protagonist Dave Gurney is one for the ages, and readers everywhere will surely clamor to see this man again Think of a Number gets full marks from me And I think it will from you, too Enjoy.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 untilin an attenuated denouement that constitutes one of this thriller s rare self indulgenceshe finally makes the numbers add up July Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc All rights reserved. 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    • Think of a Number (A Dave Gurney Novel Book 1)
    • 2.2
    • 134
    • Hardcover
    • 434 pages
    • John Verdon
    • English
    • 16 December 2016

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