Think of a Number (Dave Gurney, # 1)
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. Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks... show more
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. Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration, “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation. What police are confronted with is a completely baffling killer, one who is fond of rhymes filled with threats and warnings, whose attention to detail is unprecedented, and who has an uncanny knack for disappearing into thin air. Even more disturbing, the scale of his ambition seems to widen as events unfold. Brought in as an investigative consultant, Dave Gurney soon accomplishes deductive breakthroughs that leave local police in awe. Yet, even as he matches wits with his seemingly clairvoyant opponent, Gurney’s tragedy-marred past rises up to haunt him, his marriage approaches a dangerous precipice, and finally, a dark, cold fear builds that he’s met an adversary who can’t be stopped. In the end, fighting to keep his bearings amid a whirlwind of menace and destruction, Gurney sees the truth of what he’s become – what we all become when guilty memories fester – and how his wife Madeleine’s clear-eyed advice may be the only answer that makes sense. A work that defies easy labels -- at once a propulsive masterpiece of suspense and an absorbing immersion in the lives of characters so real we seem to hear their heartbeats – Think of a Number is a novel you’ll not soon forget.From the Hardcover edition.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: June 28th 2011
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages no: 528
Edition language: English
Series: Dave Gurney (#1)
LEIDO PARA EL 2015 READING CHALLENGE: #41 A BOOK BY AN AUTHOR YOU'VE NEVER READ BEFORE"Es la primera vez que leo a John Verdon y la experiencia fue muy buena. El libro es atrapante desde el minuto cero, la historia no tiene ni pies ni cabeza y parte de la necesidad de seguir leyendo es querer llegar...
When he was still on the force, homicide investigator David Gurney was featured in New York magazine as an NYPD "Super Detective." He'd brought down several infamous serial killers (including Peter Possum Piggert, an Oedipal killer if ever there was one, who at the age of fifteen killed his father,...
Note: received this a while ago from a goodreads giveaway. Thanks!A departure from my usual genre, but I was in the mood for a thriller crime mystery and this book definitely fits that description. I usually go into these kinds of books all mentally prepared and alert to spot the clues to predict th...
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Great Thriller. Inteligent and surprising. I wish I could see the movie based on that novel. Kevin Spacey is ma favorite to play Dave Gurney. Really looking forward to see it.