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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

The final book in the Promise Falls trilogy, The Twenty-Three is a pulse-pounding, race-against-time thriller. The day begins like any other Saturday - a shower, coffee, breakfast. But suddenly, all hell breaks loose in the town of Promise Falls. People are dying in the street - the hospital and emergency services are overwhelmed by sheer numbers. Is it mass food poisoning, a virus, or something more sinister? Has someone, rather than something, caused this? Detective Barry Duckworth is already investigating two murders and an explosion at the town's drive-in. He starts to wonder if these crimes and the new attacks are connected to the mysterious incidents in Promise Falls involving the number twenty-three. But who is sending these deadly messages, and how can they be stopped?

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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

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

The Twenty-Three

The Twenty-Three

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

The final book in the Promise Falls trilogy, The Twenty-Three is a pulse-pounding, race-against-time thriller. The day begins like any other Saturday - a shower, coffee, breakfast. But suddenly, all hell breaks loose in the town of Promise Falls. People are dying in the street - the hospital and emergency services are overwhelmed by sheer numbers. Is it mass food poisoning, a virus, or something more sinister? Has someone, rather than something, caused this? Detective Barry Duckworth is already investigating two murders and an explosion at the town's drive-in. He starts to wonder if these crimes and the new attacks are connected to the mysterious incidents in Promise Falls involving the number twenty-three. But who is sending these deadly messages, and how can they be stopped?

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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

The Twenty-Three (Promise Falls Trilogy Book 3)

The Twenty-Three (Promise Falls Trilogy Book 3)

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2016

The final book in the Promise Falls trilogy, The Twenty-Three is a pulse-pounding, race-against-time thriller. The day begins like any other Saturday - a shower, coffee, breakfast. But suddenly, all hell breaks loose in the town of Promise Falls. People are dying in the street - the hospital and emergency services are overwhelmed by sheer numbers. Is it mass food poisoning, a virus, or something more sinister? Has someone, rather than something, caused this? Detective Barry Duckworth is already investigating two murders and an explosion at the town's drive-in. He starts to wonder if these crimes and the new attacks are connected to the mysterious incidents in Promise Falls involving the number twenty-three. But who is sending these deadly messages, and how can they be stopped?

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

Far From True (Promise Falls Trilogy Book 2)

Far From True (Promise Falls Trilogy Book 2)

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2016

It began with Broken Promise. Now the mystery deepens in the second of the Promise Falls trilogy. A freak accident has killed Lucy Brighton's father. And when she goes to his house, she's convinced that someone has broken in. She asks private investigator Cal Weaver to look into it - but isn't prepared for what he'll find. Cal discovers a secret 'playroom' in the basement, complete with video equipment, and it looks as though there's a missing recording. How does the stolen DVD connect to the other disturbing events that are happening in the town? As Cal investigates further, and more people start dying in mysterious circumstances, it's clear that someone is targeting Promise Falls. But who - and how far will they go?

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.

Final Assignment

Final Assignment

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

Stephen King has called him ';a suspense master.' Now the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of Broken Promise delivers a taut thriller about a crime that will give the town of Promise Falls a punch to the gut... Private investigator Cal Weaver doesn't know what to expect when he's called to the home of Chandler Carson. The sixteen-year-old has been suspended for writing a violent story about a bat-wielding teen who beats his best friend to death over a girl. Much to Chandler's mother's surprise, there's nothing that Cal is willing to door can doabout it. Soon after, Chandler's best friend is found murderedbeaten to death by a bat. Cal knew the victim, and now he knows the prime suspect. But there's more to this story than anyone could have imagined... ';Barclay has established himself alongside the masters of suburban fiction.'The Associated Press ';Twist-driven thrillers packed with explosive action are a hallmark of Barclay's career.'USA Today Includes a preview of Linwood Barclay's new hardcover, Far from True

Broken Promise (Promise Falls Trilogy Book 1)

Broken Promise (Promise Falls Trilogy Book 1)

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2015

David Harwood is asked to look in on his cousin Marla, still traumatised after losing her baby, and he considers it a temporary relief from his dead-end life. But when he arrives, he's disturbed to find blood on Marla's front door. He's even more disturbed to find Marla nursing a baby, that she claims was delivered to her 'by an angel'. Soon afterwards, a woman's body is discovered, stabbed to death, her own baby missing. It looks as if Marla has done something truly terrible. The evidence seems overwhelming, but David just can't believe that his cousin is a murderer. Then who did kill Rosemary Gaynor? Why did they then take her baby and give it to Marla? It's up to David to find out what really happened, but he soon discovers that the truth could be worse than he ever imagined ...

Final Assignment

Final Assignment

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: eBook Release Date: 30/07/2015

For ex-cop turned private investigator Cal Weaver, this was not exactly the biggest case of his career; in fact, he only took it on because Greta Carlson was a friend of a friend. Greta's sixteen-year-old son Chandler was in trouble at school because of a short story he'd written. Admittedly the story featured a boy bludgeoning his best friend to death with a baseball bat because of an argument over a girl. But still, a story? Mrs Carlson wanted Cal to dig up some dirt on the high school principal she could use as leverage to get Chandler reinstated, and Cal told her in no uncertain terms that he wasn't going to go down that road. But that wasn't quite the end of the story. Chandler's best friend Mike seems to be missing, and at the same time Cal can't shake the feeling that Chandler may have had some help in completing his writing assignment. Life, it seems, may have imitated art after all, but figuring out who's the author and who are just characters in the drama will take all of Cal's critical skills to determine.