Plot Summary: The Thomas Berryman Number begins with three terrifying murders in the South. It ends with a relentless and unforgettable manhunt in the North. In between is the riveting story of a chilling assassin, the woman he loves, and the beloved leader he is hired to kill with extreme prejudice.Berryman, the central character, is a professional assassin who is hired to kill Jimmie Horne, the first black mayor of Nashville, Tenn. Ochs Jones, a reporter, isn't satisfied when Horne's death is blamed on a crazed stalker who is gunned down at the scene by a man believed to be a police officer. Jones' suspicions lead him to a patient in a New York mental hospital who was raving about the assassination weeks before it occurred. Jones' investigation unearths the identity of Berryman, and he traces the killer's movements from New York to New Orleans and on to Nashville, adding along the way some insight into Horne and other people involved in the story. I my humble opinion, this book was one of James worse releases. It just made absolutely no sense whatsoever and fell flat on it's face. Good thing his other releases got better!