"The first documented appearance of the word "nerd" is as the name of a creature in Dr. Seuss's book If I Ran the Zoo in which the narrator Gerald McGrew claims that he would collect "a Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker too" for his imaginary zoo.
Wicked Game by Matt Johnson. I can highly recommend this book. If you like James Patterson style books then you'll love this. Even though it's a debut novel you'd never believe that as his style of writing is great