Think of a Number by John Verdon audiobook

Think of a Number: A Novel

By John Verdon
Read by George Newbern

Random House Audio

The Dave Gurney Series: Book 1

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    ISBN: 9780307715289

The first book in the Dave Gurney series, Think of a Number is a heart-pounding game of cat and mouse that grows relentlessly darker and more frightening as its pace accelerates   Threatening letters arrive in the mail over a period of weeks, ending with a simple declaration: “Think of any number . . . picture it . . . now see how well I know your secrets.” Those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. But when oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle quickly ignite into a massive serial murder investigation, police are confronted with a 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.   Brought in as an investigative consultant, Dave Gurney, a recently retired NYPD homicide investigator, 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 he wonders if he’s met an adversary who can’t be stopped.   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.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A 2011 Nero Award Nominee

The first book in the Dave Gurney series, Think of a Number is a heart-pounding game of cat and mouse that grows relentlessly darker and more frightening as its pace accelerates   Threatening letters arrive in the mail over a period of weeks, ending with a simple declaration: “Think of any number . . . picture it . . . now see how well I know your secrets.” Those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. But when oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle quickly ignite into a massive serial murder investigation, police are confronted with a 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.   Brought in as an investigative consultant, Dave Gurney, a recently retired NYPD homicide investigator, 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 he wonders if he’s met an adversary who can’t be stopped.   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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Remarkable…Verdon’s hero Dave Gurney is one for the ages.” David Baldacci
“Addictive and thoroughly engrossing…In Think of a Number, Verdon plays deliciously on our deepest, most primal fears, portraying a killer who seems to see right into people’s minds.” Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Vanished
“Spectacular and mind-bending, Think of a Number is the best thriller I’ve read in a long, long time. John Verdon’s writing is so polished, so nuanced, it makes me envious that I didn’t write this terrific novel.” Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Ice Cold
“With its edge-of-the-chair suspense, memorable characters that jump off the pages, and elegant and deft writing, John Verdon’s Think of a Number is a stunning debut.” Faye Kellerman, New York Times bestselling author of Stone Kiss
“This book doesn’t just entertain—it engages you and draws you immediately into the lives of the characters, who are as real as real can be.” Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of The Lion’s Game 
“Consistently intelligent, fast-paced, filled with clever twists and psychological insight, and characters that come alive on every page, it entertains from the opening set-piece, right through the tension-filled ending.” John Katzenbach, New York Times bestselling author of The Traveller
“The characters live and breathe, the plot is diabolically clever and airtight, and the prose is sublime. Absolutely not to be missed!” John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of  The Suspect
Think of a Number is a subtle and intelligent thriller of the first order.  With his gripping premise, well-drawn characters, and relentless escalation of suspense, John Verdon has penned an exciting debut.  Don’t miss it.” Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Die for You
“A dark, disturbing, and completely compelling debut.” Spencer Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of Dog on It!
“[Think of a Number] a puzzle mystery and a police procedural and a cautionary tale about loss and love—the book literally has something for everyone, with a conclusion so eerily perfect it could have been scripted by Hitchcock himself. This is a thriller that will rewrite the rules of the genre.” Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of Obedience
“Verdon’s premise is clever and his police work convincing, which right there might be enough; but the real joy of this book is its characters. Each one, no matter how minor, is unique and beautifully observed.” S. J. Rozan, Edgar Award–winning author of The Shanghai Moon
Think of a Number is written with pace, style and intelligence.” Reginald Hill, winner of the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger Award for Lifetime Achievement
“[An] inventive and entertaining first thriller.” Washington Post
“Mostly what makes this work is the intricate fabric that debut novelist Verdon weaves, as complications twist into what seems to be an impossible knot.” Chicago Sun-Times
“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.” Salon
“Verdon’s deftly written, erudite debut is an exquisitely plotted novel of suspense.” Oregonian
“Savor the sense of loss that haunts this strong debut.” Houston Chronicle
“Good writing and good storytelling often aren’t the same thing. Verdon combines them masterfully…Here’s hoping Verdon has what it takes to churn out more books like this.” Newark Star Ledger
“An incredible crime novel.” Herald-Dispatch (West Virginia)
“Will hook just about any reader…An astoundingly addictive work filled with real life characters that jump off the page into a daring and skillful plot, this book will leave you stumped and hungry for more.” New York Journal of Books
“The numbers game gets a murderous spin in Verdon’s deft, literate debut.” Publishers Weekly
“An outstanding debut.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author Bio: John Verdon

Author Bio: John Verdon

John Verdon is the author of the Dave Gurney series of thrillers, international bestsellers published in more than two dozen languages. Before becoming a crime fiction writer, he had two previous careers as an advertising creative director and a custom furniture maker.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 13.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English