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John Verdon has held several executive positions with Manhattan advertising firms but, like his protagonist, recently relocated with his wife to rural upstate New York. Think of a Number is his first novel.
Once a cop. Always a cop ...Ex-NYPD detective Dave Gurney is supposed to be retired. But people with problems keep knocking on his door. Like the police, for instance, who are baffled by a gruesome murder they just can't seem to solve. A young bride has been killed in the middle of her own wedding reception. The prime suspect - her new husband's Mexican gardener - is missing. As is the murder weapon - likely a machete - used to decapitate the bride. The police have drawn a blank. It's as if the killer has vanished into thin air. But when Gurney begins his investigations, he finds that a baffling murder is just the latest of many sadistic crimes committed by an individual who'll do anything to avoid capture.
I can’t believe this is a first novel. It is extremely good, full of great characters, tension and intrigue. Trying to work out the puzzles and mysteries keeps the pages flying to see if you’re on the right track. I urge you to read it. Comparison: Harlan Coben, Linwood Barclay, Lisa Gardner.