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Dave Gurney, the top homicide investigator for the NYPD, retires to live in bucolic upstate New York.  Still trying to figure out what retirement looks like, he receives a plea for help from on old college friend.  Self-help guru Mark Mellery has been receiving veiled threat letters that start by asking him to “Think of a number” and then proceed to read his mind and tell him the number he chose.

Gurney urges Mellery to go to the cops, but he doesn’t want them delving into his not-so-shiny past. When Mellery is murdered, Gurney is pulled back into the life that he thought he had left behind. Other people are being murdered with similar MOs in the Bronx, Connecticut and Massachusetts. He can’t walk away.  The killer is taunting police and they are a mess of egos, politics and ignorance.

Think of a Number brings you on a wild ride with seemingly unrelated victims, strange poetic threats from a killer who seems to know everything about the victims, and a man trying to figure out what is left when he leaves behind a career in law enforcement. Is there such a thing as retirement for a homicide investigator? And just how does the serial killer know what number his victims will think of?

I liked it, but it made me dread retirement. Just what am I going to do when I retire? Chasing serial killers isn’t one of my strong points…

 

Think of a Number by John Verdon

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307588920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307588920
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