Saturday, July 10, 2010

Think of a Number by John Verdon

"Think of any number...picture see how well I know your secrets. Think of a number by John Verdon is very much a traditional mystery with the action of a thriller and the taste of a police drama. A serial killer is taunting not only his victims, but also the police with his letters and poems. It is a tough case of multiple murders with puzzling and seemingly impossible situations.

While the mystery and twists were captivating, I thought that the real heart of this book is the interaction of the characters. Retired Homicide cop, Dave Gurney, gets drawn into the case by promising to help an old friend - who then ends up a victim. His wife, Madeleine, is not happy about Dave being drawn back into action. Theirs is an interesting relationship which is strained, but loving as is his relationship with his grown son Kyle. The way these relationships play out throughout the story is truly special!

I really enjoyed the mystery, location descriptions, and interactions of the characters which made this book completely satisfying. Of course I especially enjoy mysteries/thrillers and this one did not disappoint. A first novel for this author?  I hope he brings back Dave Gurney for another.

Note to my readers: The book contains rough language, mostly with the conversation between the police and is probably pretty true to life! 

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