Think of A Number

Think of A Number

A Novel

eBook - 2010
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Recently retired after a prestigious career with the NYPD, homicide detective Dave Gurney is pulled back into service when an old college friend receives threatening letters from a murderous sender who has an uncanny ability to read a person's thoughts.
Published: New York : Crown Publishers, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307588944
0307588947
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (418 p.)
Alternative Title: Think of a numb3r

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 09, 2017

I got caught up in the story quickly and the puzzles were satisfying. I thought it was a little too long, and afterwards, hardly any of it really made any sense (explaining why would involve lots of spoilers.) (What did surprise me was that there was no reference to John Dickson Carr stories by the detectives, since there were lots of elements of "the impossible crime" afoot.)

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trevordunfordswife
Nov 10, 2016

One of the most phenomenal murder mystery debuts I have ever read! Thoroughly enjoyed matching wits with this killer and scratching my head as the author took me through the twists and turns of the labyrinthine murders. How DID he do that? Excellent novel. Thoroughly enjoyed myself of this page-turner I could not put down.

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LauraSteinert
May 31, 2016

When an author repeats the same clue four or five times, I think he has a low opinion of my intelligence. When he repeats the same clue ten or 12 times, I think he has no respect for my intelligence. But Verdon has the record for the book which has insulted my intelligence to the point that I hate the author, narrator, and the characters--same clues TWENTY TIMES! Really? The character isn't mulling--the author is padding the book; longer means more money, doesn't it? This could be whittled down to 150 pages and be a good book. I rated it 1 1/2 stars only because I did finish it--and was still (sadly) very disappointed in the standard cliche mentally deranged killer. I recommend this only for people who have never seen a cop show, who have never read a mystery or police procedural, or never learned to hold an idea for more than five minutes.

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JaneMM
Nov 09, 2015

A great read - well written - full of twists and turns. Unexpected ending. Will definitely read more

Levi_Hayes Oct 27, 2015

I was tempted to rate this a 4, but it's just not quite good enough for me to give it that extra nudge. I probably stopped at a really bad place (51 pages left) and that killed the suspense for me since the chapter I started after picking the book up today was clearly the climax and I found myself not nearly as gripped as I was by the rest of the book. I wasn't as disappointed by the ending or the antagonist as I have been by most other mystery books, but that isn't to say I wasn't. Gregory Dermott is probably one of the most well-developed antagonists/serial killers I have read about in fiction, and yet there were some blatant short cuts made by the author by slapping a couple stereotypes on him, which instantly lost Verdon some credibility for me.
As a side note, beware of the super lazy character description, written by saying a character looks like a certain well-known actor. It's used for multiple characters and the disregard for making a scene better by avoiding that #1 pitfall is obvious.

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loudem
Dec 07, 2014

This book is one heck of a surprise. Talk about a REAL page turner. Every one is a discovery. The suspense is kept till the end. Clues are everywhere but we're kept in the dark and quite confused. This is my first Verdon as is Verdon first book, but will not be the last. A real pleasure to read and with no, really NO, dull moments. The story just flows along like a mighty river. Just amazing.

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Carmine1
Apr 23, 2013

A little slow developing but about half way through it did pick up.

ehbooklover Dec 28, 2012

This book was recommended to me by a customer. I was not disappointed and plan to read more books in the series. A fantastic edge-of-your-seat thriller full of twists and turns that I literally could not put down.

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ctroost
Dec 28, 2012

I enjoyed this book. It was fun to read and hard to put down!

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nhoj
Nov 20, 2012

A very good read from a first time novelist - it was hard to put down.
A man receives a disturbing phone call then some letters( in poem form) that seem to reveal personal info that he could not possibly know.He gets help from an old friend-a retired police detective. This person is murdered in a seemingly impossible way and the detective ingeniously unravels the plot.
The plot is intricate, the murder impossible and the murderer ingenious. I plan to read some more by Verdon.

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FredC
Mar 21, 2011

Think of Think of Number as a thinker's thinking mystery about thinking about a deadly puzzle, and you will revel in its serpentine plot. Much like a "closed-room" mystery, wherein the deadly deed is done with impossible circumstances, you will easily latch on to Verdon's first ever book.

The mind-boggling mystery is investigated by retired famed NYPD detective Gurney, who truly relishes a first-class puzzle, at the behest of a long-lost friend, only to get caught up in its investigation and its riveting conclusion. Verdon is clever enough to make you feel like you, the reader, know what has happened, a couple of times, only to pull the rug from under you and throw you into a tail-spin.

My experience with first-timer authors is to sustain that excellent first book, where the author worked at length to craft a superb mystery, into another follow-up book, and then only to falter (witness Level 26 and its sequel). But, I digress, enjoy this most excellent tale of a tale of numbers that baffles all except the sharp mind of a retired detective.

Truly excellent!

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saranaut Jun 22, 2017

It’s inexplicable how someone sending anonymous, threatening letters seems able to read the minds of the recipients. Ex-NYPD homicide detective Dave Gurney is concerned—and intrigued. And solving the puzzle becomes more urgent when the writer escalates to murder, in this “riveting thriller with a wonderfully baffling crime” (Booklist, starred review).

“I read the last two hundred pages in one sitting.” —David Baldacci

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