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Think of a Number (Dave Gurney Series #1)

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38 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

An Excellent Thriller

I couldn't put this book down. An excellent thriller that begins when David Gurney, a retired NYC detective is approached by an old college friend (Mark Mellory). Neither had spoken since college but Mellory had followed Gurney's storied career as he had solved some ver...
I couldn't put this book down. An excellent thriller that begins when David Gurney, a retired NYC detective is approached by an old college friend (Mark Mellory). Neither had spoken since college but Mellory had followed Gurney's storied career as he had solved some very famous police cases. On top of that Mellory had always thought of Gurney as someone with a sharp mind.

Mellory has a puzzle to solve and he thinks someone of Gurney's mettle may be of assistance. Apparently he had received a somewhat threatening letter by someone who claims he know something bad that Mellory did and that he knows Mellory so well that he can guess the first number that comes to Mellory's mind from 1 to 1000. Mellory thought of the number 656 and sure enough a second letter comes with the number 656 written on it.

Along with that letter comes a series of poems, each more threatening followed by phone calls. Gurney is intrigued and starts investigating for Mellory even though he is "retired."

This whole thing does not sit well with Gurney's wife Madelaine. She had always wanted Gurney to retire and move away from NYC to the country and they live in a very rural town called Walnut Crossing. Madelaine always felt that Gurney would always be so absorbed by his work that he would forget everything else and this feeling had only been amplified by the death of their young son several years earlier.

As Gurney gets more involved in Mellory's problem he builds a bigger rift with Madelaine. The investigation leads to the trail of a possible serial killer. The local authorities are baffled and feel that they need someone with Gurney's skill to solve the mysteries left behind by the killer. Gurney realized that he may only be retired in name but in reality he starts acting like a cop again and gets involved with the case to the exclusion of all else.

The mystery at the beginning of the book grips you and the book builds to a tension packed finale.

posted by Kataman1 on April 15, 2010

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7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Too much descriptive writing.

The author can certainly write. He has a great command of language and vocabulary. What I didn't like about the book was it moved too slowly. Almost every comment hat to be described with some meaning or intention or look. If you cut out what the character meant, or...
The author can certainly write. He has a great command of language and vocabulary. What I didn't like about the book was it moved too slowly. Almost every comment hat to be described with some meaning or intention or look. If you cut out what the character meant, or was thinking or how they pursed their lips, etc., this book could have been written in 75 pages. The action moved at a snail's pace. Because of the hook which kept me till the end, I give this book three stars. Next time, I hope the writer will have more action and leave some of the descriptive information to the reader's imagination. The author has great potential, and I post this as a constructive comment and not condemnation.

posted by WarrenJA on July 29, 2010

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  • Posted July 31, 2010

    A Page Turner

    A fun read that kept me thinking and trying to figure it out throughout the book. Great for reading on the road or for a rainy day. It becomes clear who did it well into the book but the suspense of how it all goes down keeps you moving right to the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    long and involwed

    I am halfway and stil have no idea whats happening..I have no patience....

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Could not get through it.

    I tried several times to get through this book but at half way through I had to stop. I kept saying " Get on with it." The main character didn't move me enough to care about his personal issues or his professional life. There wasn't enough interaction between victim and pycho that seemed even plausible. So unfortunatly, it goes on to a pile unread

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

    Reading this book on Find A Number will make you numb.

    So, so boring.
    How many times does this author need to analyse every word or sentance said by any and all members of the dumb cast of charcters.
    I will not buy any other book of his.
    Chairo

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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