A Crime thriller maestro
Linwood Barclay has shown why he’s an international bestseller yet again, with his latest book A Tap on the Window a multi-layered snake’s nest of intrigue and deception in a Hitchcockian pulse-pounder!
We think it will have you missing your stop on the train, ignoring your family for days and staying up way past bedtime. You can find all his titles here, as well as Linwood’s selection of his own favourite reads. Enjoy!
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Canadian Linwood Barclay is married with two children and lives near Toronto. He is a former columnist for the Toronto Star, and the author of the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one besteller, No Time For Goodbye which really got him noticed in the UK.
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The Man in the Brown Suit, by Agatha Christie
My introduction to the mystery genre was really the Hardy Boys, but my first real, honest-to-God crime novel for grownups (although I read it when I was around twelve) was this one by the Grand Dame of whodunits. While this was my first, it was far from my favourite. Around the age of eleven or twelve, I read And Then There Were None, and that one made my head spin. Christie came up with countless original plots that the rest of us have been ripping off and disguising as our own for decades.
The Goodbye Look, by Ross Macdonald
A watershed moment in my crime fiction education. I was 15 when I discovered my first Lew Archer novel, and by the time I was finished it, and even before I went on to read everything else by this man, I understood that the conventions of the crime novel could do more than simply entertain. Macdonald used the psychological thriller to comment on social issues. Family dysfunction, the corruptive powers of wealth, the degradation of the environment, alienated youth. It was all there. Macdonald had something to say, and tricked us into listening by entertaining us at the same time with intricately plotted novels.
A Judgement in Stone, by Ruth Rendell
This might just be the most daring crime novel ever written. In the first thirteen words, Rendell tells you who was murdered, who did it, and why. Well, why continue? Because those thirteen words set out a scenario so incredible, so hard to comprehend, you simply have to read on. Sheer genius.
The Suspect, by Michael Robotham
Thrillers need to grab you right from the start, and this book may have the best first chapter of any thriller I've ever read, and not because it's full of derring-do or explosions or terrorists trying to bring about the end of the word, This novel introduces psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, and we meet him on the top of a building, trying to persuade a young cancer patient not to jump off the edge. The writing is understated, the dialogue rings true, the suspense is palpable. What's always struck me about Robotham is that he makes your heart race, and ache, at the same time.
American Pastoral, by Philip Roth
Okay, not a crime novel. I came to Roth late. Everyone else was reading him back when he wrote the outrageous Portnoy's Complaint, but I only discovered him about ten years ago, with The Plot Against America. But American Pastoral is, for me, his masterwork, and maybe one of the best books I've ever read. Roth packs more into a paragraph than other writers pack into an entire book. I'm glad you don't have to be this good to get published.
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