Linwood Barclay - Author

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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?

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.

Other books by Linwood Barclay

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Untitled Barclay 1 of 3

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2018

A Noise Downstairs

A Noise Downstairs

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/07/2018

'One of the world's finest thriller writers on the top of his game. A Noise Downstairs is a blinder - his best yet' PETER JAMES * * * * * EVERY STEP... Paul Davis forgets things - he gets confused, he has sudden panic attacks. But he wasn't always like this. TAKES YOU CLOSER... Eight months ago, Paul found two dead bodies in the back of a co-worker's car. He was attacked, left for dead, and has been slowly recovering ever since. His wife tries her best but fears the worst... TO THE TRUTH... Therapy helps during the days, but at night he hears things - impossible things - that no one else can. That nobody else believes. Either he's losing his mind - or someone wants him to think he is. Just because he's paranoid doesn't mean it's not happening... * * * * * 'Vintage Barclay-an utterly compelling read with a twist you won't see coming. I loved it!' SHARI LAPENA 'Linwood Barclay's novels - as intelligent as Michael Connelly's, as compelling as Harlan Coben's - never fail to astonish. A Noise Downstairs, his best work yet, is a cobra of a story: smooth, slippery, unnerving . . . and likely to strike when you least expect it. I devoured this book' A. J. FINN 'A suspense master' STEPHEN KING 'No one can thrill you and chill you better than Barclay' TESS GERRITSEN 'One of the best thriller writers in the world' MARK BILLINGHAM 'Barclay writes terrific thrillers' DAILY MAIL LOCK THE DOORS AND KEEP THE LIGHTS ON. A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS WILL KEEP YOU AWAKE ALL NIGHT.

A Noise Downstairs

A Noise Downstairs

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2018

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 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 Book 2

Escape Book 2

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback 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.

Bad News A Zack Walker Mystery #4

Bad News A Zack Walker Mystery #4

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback 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 A Zack Walker Mystery #3

Bad Luck A Zack Walker Mystery #3

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback 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 A Zack Walker Mystery #2

Bad Guys A Zack Walker Mystery #2

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback 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 A Zack Walker Mystery #1

Bad Move A Zack Walker Mystery #1

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback 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 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.

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

A gripping thriller packed with scandal in a small town, from the master of the twist you never saw coming - international bestseller, Linwood Barclay. When a young girl from Promise Falls is killed by a drunk driver, the community wants answers. It doesn't matter that the accused is a kid himself: all they see is that he took a life and got an easy sentence. As pack mentality kicks in and social media outrage builds, vicious threats are made against the boy and his family. When Cal Weaver is called in to investigate, he finds himself caught up in a cold-blooded revenge plot. Someone in the town is threatening to put right some wrongs...And in Cal's experience, it's only ever a matter of time before threats turn into action.

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2017

A gripping thriller packed with scandal in a small town, from the master of the twist you never saw coming - international bestseller, Linwood Barclay. When a young girl from Promise Falls is killed by a drunk driver, the community wants answers. It doesn't matter that the accused is a kid himself: all they see is that he took a life and got an easy sentence. As pack mentality kicks in and social media outrage builds, vicious threats are made against the boy and his family. When Cal Weaver is called in to investigate, he finds himself caught up in a cold-blooded revenge plot. Someone in the town is threatening to put right some wrongs... And in Cal's experience, it's only ever a matter of time before threats turn into action.

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?

The Twenty-Three (Promise Falls Trilogy Book 3)

The Twenty-Three (Promise Falls Trilogy Book 3)

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback 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?

Far From True (Promise Falls Trilogy Book 2)

Far From True (Promise Falls Trilogy Book 2)

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback 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?

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

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.

Linwood Barclay - Five Great Novels

Linwood Barclay - Five Great Novels

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: eBook Release Date: 10/10/2013

Five gripping thrillers from No. 1 bestseller Linwood BarclayComprises: NO TIME FOR GOODBYE TOO CLOSE TO HOMEFEAR THE WORSTNEVER LOOK AWAYTHE ACCIDENT

Never Saw It Coming (Based on the novella, Clouded Vision)

Never Saw It Coming (Based on the novella, Clouded Vision)

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: eBook Release Date: 13/06/2011

Keisha Ceylon is a psychic. At least, that's what she tells people. She watches the news for stories of missing people, then waits a few days and goes to see the family. She tells them she's had a vision and that she may know where their missing loved one isfor a price, of course. Keisha's latest mark is Wendell Garfield, whose wife disappeared a week ago. She's seen him on TV, pleading for his wife to come home, or for whoever took her to let her go. Keisha tells Wendell her vision of what might have happened. Unluckily for Keisha, her vision turns out to be alarmingly close to the truth. As she wades deeper into the mystery, Keisha inadvertently finds herself caught in a web of suspicion and violence that's much more complicated than she first thoughtand which may end up with her own disappearance Also includes a preview of Linwood Barclay's newest thriller, Trust Your Eyes

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