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Think Of A Number A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  John Verdon
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307588939
ISBN-13: 9780307588937
Sku: 217316258
Publish Date: 6/28/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7H x 4.25L x 1.25T
Pages:  511
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.
Dave Gurney has finally retired from the NYPD's homicide division and moved upstate to focus on his marriage with his wife, Madeline, when an old friend asks for his help. The friend has been receiving a series of disturbing letters in which the sender appears to be able to read the receiver's thoughts--one example is the common "Think of a Number" trick. But the letters prove to be much more than a prank, and they ominously point to a sadistic individual. Dave wants to help his friend and cannot resist the puzzle, but will this case finally prove to be too much? John Verdon unwinds a frightening tale with the control of a seasoned author in his intelligent, gasp-worthy debut. His characters are rich, and he paints with subtlety the complexities of a long marriage.


"THINK OF A NUMBER is a 10, and crime fans of almost every persuasion will love it. An outstanding debut." (starred review) - Thomas Gaughan 05/01/2010

"Verdon is a master at controlling pace, illustrating the story of a rich but complicated marriage, pondering what it means to be sucked back into your life's work even if it might kill you, and demanding that the reader use his or her brain to figure out what comes next. When you're finished, you may not trust silly parlor games ever again." - Sarah Weinman 06/01/2010

"Mr. Verdon is masterly at keeping Gurney a step ahead of the reader....Every seeming explanation for how the letter writer could have guessed the number is examined -- E.S.P., hypnosis -- and eliminated....The murder itself is a pretty crafty piece of legerdemain." - Ed Siegel 07/15/2010

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Product attributePublisher:   Broadway Books
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