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Linwood Barclay - Author

About the Author

Linwood Barclay was our Guest Editor in October 2013 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

Linwood Barclay is married with two children and lives near Toronto. He is the author of four acclaimed Zack Walker mysteries, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, and is the author of the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one besteller, No Time For Goodbye.

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Featured books by Linwood Barclay

The Twenty-Three

The Twenty-Three

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Oh, yes, it’s finally here, and it’s quite simply fabulous! I’ve been eagerly awaiting the last in the ‘Promise Falls’ trilogy, each book has ramped up my expectation for the next, and I was literally dancing in my seat when I got hold of ‘The Twenty-Three’. Chapter one, once again is a statement of intent, two sentences, 19 words, and you know you're in for a thrilling, chilling ride. People are dropping like flies in the town of Promise Falls, Detective Barry Duckworth hasn't got time to think, let alone eat. There are surprises at every corner and the story is drenched in tension. Linwood Barclay wields a sledge hammer full of impact, yet it’s his ability to point you in the direction of the small things, the subtle, the hidden, that I really admire. As with life, all the threads aren't left in a neat and tidy row, there are a few left unfinished, left free, to float in your mind, and creep up on you long after you've finished. ‘The Twenty-Three’ is a zig-zagging, mind-gripping, wonderfully entertaining read, and I loved every exhilarating second of it. Members of our consumer reader review panel were lucky enough to ask Linwood Barclay some questions about his writing. Check out the Q&A video in Author area below. The Promise Falls Trilogy:1.Broken Promise2.Far from True3.The Twenty-Three

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Clouded Vision

Clouded Vision

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2011

Keisha Ceylon is a psychic. At least, that's what she passes herself off as. The truth is, Keisha's real powers have more to do with separating troubled families from their money than actually seeing into the netherworld. Keisha watches the news for stories of missing family members. She gives it a few days, then moves in, tells these families she's had a vision, that she may have some clue to where these missing people are. And by the way, she charges for this service, and likes to see the money up front. Keisha's latest mark is a man whose wife disappeared a week ago. She's seen him on TV, pleading for his wife to come home, or, if she's been abducted, pleading with whoever took her to let her go. Keisha knows a payoff when she sees one. So she pays a visit to our troubled husband, tells him her vision. Trouble is, her vision just happens to be close enough to the truth that it leaves this man rattled. And it may very well leave Keisha dead.

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Other books by Linwood Barclay

Elevator Pitch

Elevator Pitch

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/2019

'You should read ELEVATOR PITCH by Linwood Barclay as soon as possible. It's one hell of a suspense novel' STEPHEN KING 'Moves as fast as a falling elevator and hits with just as much force. Linwood Barclay is a stone cold pro. ELEVATOR PITCH is a shameless good time' JOE HILL WHEN THE DOORS CLOSE, HE'S GOT YOU... It begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in Manhattan. Each presses the button for their floor, but the elevator climbs, non-stop, to the top where it pauses for a few seconds, before dropping. Right to the bottom of the shaft. It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again. And when Wednesday brings yet another catastrophe, New York, one of the most vertical cities in the world is plunged into chaos. Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it's working. But what do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? It will be a race against time for detectives Jerry Borque and Lois Delgado to find the answers before a deadly Friday night showdown. Number one bestseller Linwood Barclay returns with a heart-stopping thriller which will do for elevators what Psycho did for showers and Jaws did for the beach... PRAISE FOR ELEVATOR PITCH: 'You should read ELEVATOR PITCH by Linwood Barclay as soon as possible. It's one hell of a suspense novel' STEPHEN KING 'This novel moves as fast as a falling elevator and hits with just as much force. Linwood Barclay is a stone cold pro and ELEVATOR PITCH is a shameless good time' JOE HILL 'A superior thriller' SUNDAY TIMES 'The twists keep coming' THE TIMES 'A great cast of characters,tension, humour and a thrilling ending; this book takes Linwood to new heights!' MARK EDWARDS 'Linwood Barclay presses all the right buttons' MICHAEL ROBOTHAM 'One of the finest thriller writers in the world at the very top of his game' MARK BILLINGHAM 'Genius ... but terrifying' THE SUN 'The plot is crammed with even more narrative twists than Barclay usually serves up ... it is delivered with considerable acumen' FINANCIAL TIMES

A Noise Downstairs

A Noise Downstairs

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

The multi-million copy internationally bestselling author and master of the shocking twist, Linwood Barclay, is back with a nail-biting new thriller which will keep you awake all night . . .Paul Davis forgets things. Why he walked into a room. Who he spoke to, and what they said. What he promised his wife he'd do. Sometimes it's too much, and the panic takes hold. But he wasn't always like this. Eight months ago, Paul was attacked - left for dead after seeing something he shouldn't have - and has been piecing his life back together ever since. During the days, therapy helps. But at night, he hears noises that no one else can. That nobody believes. Sometimes he thinks someone is in the house. Other times, the sounds are far stranger. Either he's losing his mind - or someone wants him to think he is. Or maybe something even darker is waiting downstairs . . .

A Noise Downstairs

A Noise Downstairs

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2018

Paul Davis forgets things. Why he walked into a room. Who he spoke to, and what they said. What he promised his wife he'd do. Sometimes it's too much, and the panic takes hold. But he wasn't always like this. Eight months ago, Paul was attacked - left for dead after seeing something he shouldn't have - and has been piecing his life back together ever since. During the days, therapy helps. But at night, he hears noises that no one else can. That nobody believes. Sometimes he thinks someone is in the house. Other times, the sounds are far stranger. Either he's losing his mind - or someone wants him to think he is. Or maybe something even darker is waiting downstairs...

No Time For Goodbye

No Time For Goodbye

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2018

Tenth Anniversary edition of the million-copy, bestselling novel No Time for Goodbye with a special introduction from Linwood Barclay. 'One of the world's finest thriller writers' Peter James * The house was silent. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia wakes one morning to discover that her entire family - mother, father, brother - have vanished. No note, no trace and no return. Ever. Now, twenty-five years later - with a family of her own - a letter arrives which chills Cynthia to the core. It leads her inescapably down the path to the devastating truth behind why they left. Sometimes it's better not to know... * Praise for the masterful No Time for Goodbye: 'You won't get up until you've turned the last page' Michael Connelly 'Utterly riveting' Tess Gerritsen 'A terrific page-turner that keeps you in suspense' Peter Robinson

Escape

Escape

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Don't stop running . . . the second edge-of-your-seat thriller with bite from international bestselling author Linwood Barclay for ages 9+ 12-year-old Jeff and genetically engineered spy dog Chipper are on the run from the mysterious and sinister government organisation knows only as The Institute. Due to a combination of bravery, luck and some of Chipper's more useful modifications, they've managed to evade their pursuers so far. But The Institute is closing in and Chipper and Jeff will have to be stay one step ahead if they want to stay alive.. Danger, secrets and thrilling suspense collide in Linwood Barclay's action-packed series for children.

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Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2017

Bad News

Bad News

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2017

*THIS BOOK WAS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN THE USA UNDER THE TITLE STONE RAIN* Zack Walker Mystery #4 Journalist Zack Walker has a dangerous habit of finding deadly stories. But this is one his good friend Trixie Snelling doesn't want told. It turns out Trixie has her fair share of skeletons in her closet and, as Zack discovers, a dead body in her basement. With other journalists circling the story - and no sign of Trixie, who has gone missing - Zack could find himself implicated in a murder, unless he finds out the truth fast. The bad news is: it will cost him his job, and teach him that everything he knows about his friend, his town, and even his marriage, is a lie. The good news? It hasn't cost him his life . . . yet.

Bad Luck

Bad Luck

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

*THIS BOOK WAS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN THE USA UNDER THE TITLE LONE WOLF* Zack Walker Mystery# 3 Journalist, family man, and paranoid writer Zack Walker visits his father's lakeside fishing camp. But the fresh air, childhood memories and peaceful contemplation are ruined when a body is found. Locals say the mutilated corpse must have been the victim of a random bear attack. But Zack Walker, as always, fears the worst. When another body is discovered, it seems there is a more deadly predator on the prowl. A Lone Wolf killer who is hell-bent on laying siege to the idyllic town. The fuse is lit and time is running out. Zack must face down a madman - or find out first-hand what the grand finale is . . .

Bad Guys

Bad Guys

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Zack Walker Mystery #2 Much to his family's relief, stay-at-home writer Zack Walker finally gets a job outside of the house. Surely, becoming a journalist will keep his overactive imagination in check . . . Now in full-time employment, Zack's protective instincts must work over-time to keep his kids safe from dangers real and imagined. But while writing his feature article, Zack stumbles into the centre of a web of murder and deceit. What seems like a tragic accidental hit-and-run may actually be a far darker crime. And Zack will find himself in the dark about who the good guys are, what the bad guys want, and what he's started to uncover . . . The unlikely detective Zack Walker returns in this mystery thriller from the dark and witty mind of bestselling author Linwood Barclay. This is the first time that Linwood's debut series is available in the UK.

Bad Move

Bad Move

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2017

Zack Walker Mystery #1 Zack Walker is a writer with an overactive imagination and two teenage children. After a murder on their street, he uproots his family from the city - insisting it's for their own good - and heads for the security of the suburbs. However, his peaceful new life is soon shattered when he finds a body while out walking by the creek. Zack recognizes the dead man - and knows who his killer might be. Things go from bad to worse as Zack follows a trail of deceit that leads right to his front door. To protect his family - and so he doesn't get framed for a crime he didn't commit - he's going to have to track down the killer himself. Suddenly the suburbs are not looking nearly so safe . . . Linwood Barclay's debut novels, available for the first time in the UK.

Chase

Chase

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2017

Get ready to run . . . an edge-of-your-seat thriller with bite from international bestselling author Linwood Barclay, in his first novel for 9-12 year olds. Chipper is a very special dog. As part of a top-secret, multi-million dollar experiment to create the ultimate canine spy technology, Chipper's whole life has been spent within the walls of a secret organization known only as The Institute. Chipper is supposed to be more machine than mutt, but something's wrong and The Institute knows it. He's about to be terminated. Across the state, twelve-year-old orphan Jeff Conway is working all hours at his aunt Flo's lakeside cabin business. He misses his parents, his old life, and the dog he had to leave behind. When Chipper escapes and his and Jeff's paths collide, dog and boy find themselves tangled up in the most dangerous game of chase imaginable... Winner of the Arthur Ellis award for Best Kid's Crime Novel Danger, secrets and thrilling suspense in Linwood Barclay's action-packed first novel for children.

Lugenfalle

Lugenfalle

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: eBook Release Date: 31/03/2017

Der dritte Teil der spannenden "e;Trilogie der Lugen"e; von Bestseller-Autor Linwood BarclayAm Memorial-Day-Wochenende kommt es in der Kleinstadt Promise Falls (New York) zur Katastrophe. Hunderte Menschen mssen mit grippehnlichen Symptomen ins Krankenhaus - Dutzende sind bereits gestorben. Schnell machen die Ermittler das Trinkwasser als Ursache aus. Aber natrlich stellt sich fr viele, nicht zuletzt fr Privatdetektiv Cal Weaver, die Frage: Wer hat eigentlich etwas davon, das Trinkwasser zu vergiften?Detective Barry Duckworth hat unterdessen noch ein ganz anderes Problem: Eine College-Studentin ist ermordet worden, und die Handschrift des Killers war zuvor bereits bei zwei weiteren rtselhaften Fllen zu erkennen. Die Morde an den beiden Frauen konnten nicht aufgeklrt, der Tter nicht gefasst werden. Dennoch ergeben die ganzen seltsamen Vorkommnisse whrend der letzten Wochen pltzlich einen Sinn. "e;Hervorragend. Kann man einfach nicht aus der Hand legen."e; Stephen King

Lugennacht

Lugennacht

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: eBook Release Date: 25/11/2016

Bestsellerautor Linwood Barclay ("e;Ohne eine Wort"e;) schreibt seine "e;Lugen-Trilogie"e; weiter! Auf "e;Lugennest"e; folgt nun der zweite Band der Thriller-Reihe, "e;Lugennacht"e;. Alles beginnt mit einem Unfall. Das Autokino von Promise Falls wird schlieen und ldt zur letzten Vorstellung ein. Doch dazu kommt es nicht: Kurz bevor der Film beginnt, kracht die Leinwand herunter und begrbt vier Leute unter sich. Unter den Opfern sind Adam und Miriam Chalmer. Als am nchsten Tag in ihr Haus eingebrochen wird, zieht ihre Tochter den Privatermittler Cal zu Rate. Dieser entdeckt nicht nur ein geheimes Zimmer, das den vielsagend Namen "e;pleasure room"e; trgt, sondern auch, dass eine Menge DVDs mit pikantem Inhalt gestohlen wurden. Pltzlich gibt es eine ganze Reihe von Verdchtigen - und Cal beginnt sich zu fragen, ob der Unfall wirklich einer war... "e;Spannend, spannender, Linwood Barclay - mit einem Roman des kanadischen Bestsellerautors erlebt man Thrill-Time de luxe."e; Literaturmarkt.info

Lugennest

Lugennest

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: eBook Release Date: 25/08/2016

Bestsellerautor Linwood Barclay ("e;Ohne ein Wort"e;) ist zuruck! "e;Lugennest"e; bildet den Auftakt seiner neuen "e;Promise Falls"e;-Trilogie: Drei Thriller, die sich mit den Abgrunden einer amerikanischen Kleinstadt beschaftigen, deren Mitbewohner auch nicht vor Mord zuruckschrecken... Fr Promise Falls sieht es dster aus. In der Kleinstadt an der US-Ostkste gibt es kaum Perspektiven - und vor allem keine Jobs. Auch die Zeitung von Reporter David Harwood ist pleite, trotzdem steckt er seine Nase weiterhin in Sachen, die ihm merkwrdig vorkommen. Wie zum Beispiel in diese Geschichte mit dem Baby. Seine Cousine Marla schwrt, ein Engel habe es ihr gegeben. Aber es sieht eher so aus, als hinge alles mit einem brutalen Mord am anderen Ende der Stadt zusammen. Und das ist nicht der einzige Abgrund, der sich in Promise Falls auftut. Linwood Barclay ist "e;ein wahrer Spannungsmeister."e; Stephen King

Schweig fur immer

Schweig fur immer

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2016

Familie Archer, vor sieben Jahren knapp mit dem Leben davongekommen, tragt schwer an ihrer Vergangenheit. Cynthia, die Mutter, hat das Trauma einfach nicht uberwunden und beschliet, eine Weile getrennt von ihrer Familie zu leben, um wieder ins Lot zu kommen. Der Grund ist nicht zuletzt die vierzehnjahrige Grace, die gegen die uberbeschutzende Haltung ihrer Eltern rebelliert. Terry, der Vater, versucht, seine Familie gegen diese Fliehkrafte zusammenzuhalten. Doch die Zeichen stehen auf Sturm: Die ganze Stadt ist in Aufruhr, weil sich in der Nachbarschaft der Archers ein brutaler Mord ereignet hat. Und Grace ist nicht ganz unschuldig an den Ereignissen.

Final Assignment

Final Assignment

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2016

A thrilling novella about a disturbing crime in a quiet small town, from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay.Private investigator Cal Weaver doesn't usually get involved with domestic troubles in his hometown of Promise Falls, NY--and those of the Carson family are no exception. When their son Chandler's brutal short story, about one kid beating another kid to death with a baseball bat, lands him in trouble at his new school, Cal is reluctantly pulled into the situation as a favor to a friend--but he's convinced there's nothing he can do. But when Chandler's friend Mike is found murdered, in the same exact way, and Chandler is accused of the crime, Cal now wants to figure out what really happened. And as he digs deeper into the mystery, along with the school'sguidance counselor Lucy Brighton, he realizes that a few well-placed lies can not only ruin lives, but also end them.