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Linwood Barclay

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Margaret Laurence, Kenneth Millar (Ross Macdonald)

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Linwood Barclay is the #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels for adults, including No Time for Goodbye, Trust Your Eyes and, most recently, A Noise Downstairs. He has also written two novels for children and screenplays.
Three of those seventeen novels comprise the epic Promise Falls trilogy: Broken Promise, Far From True, and The Twenty-Three. His two novels for children – Chase and Escape – star a computer-enhanced dog named Chipper who’s on the run from the evil organization that turned him into a super-pup.
Barclay’s 2011 thriller, The Accident, has been turned into the six-part television series L’Accident in France, and he adapted his novel Never Saw it Coming for the movie, directed by Gail Harvey and starring Eric

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Linwood Barclay Hi Rose: I've always felt people should read what gives them pleasure, and if you encounter something in a writer's work that offends, you should read…moreHi Rose: I've always felt people should read what gives them pleasure, and if you encounter something in a writer's work that offends, you should read something else. I've always wanted to write the way I think people under incredible stress would talk. I wrote No Time ten years ago, and I think there may be less profanity in my more recent books, but it's definitely still there. I find it somewhat curious that people are happy to be entertained by depictions of violence and great cruelty, so long as it is done without objectionable language. I think the acts depicted are more obscene than the actual words. Thanks for your kind note, and have a wonderful day. Linwood(less)
Linwood Barclay Hi Janet. Why not? No one ever asks Peter Robinson why he sets his books in the UK, or Rohinton Mistry why he sets books in India. But if you set a bo…moreHi Janet. Why not? No one ever asks Peter Robinson why he sets his books in the UK, or Rohinton Mistry why he sets books in India. But if you set a book in the US, that sometimes gets questioned. I was born in the US -- my parents moved to Canada as I was turning four -- and I am a dual citizen. Some of my books take place in Milford, which is a town I know very well, as my two aunts lived there, and I spent a lot of time there visiting. I think a US setting suits my stories slightly better. I like to say that many of my characters are so nasty, they couldn't possibly be Canadian anyway. And lastly, I had written seven novels before I was able to get a Canadian publisher, so for a long time, it was a case of you dance with the one what brung ya. There may be, however, a set-in-Canada book in the works...All the best, Linwood (less)
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Never Look Away

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The Accident

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Trust Your Eyes

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Fear the Worst

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The Broken Promise Tour

I'm sitting on a tiny balcony of The Garland Hotel in Burbank, which apparently, in an earlier incarnation was owned by Beverly Garland, the actress, whom I only remember from My Three Sons, near the end of the series, when she was Fred MacMurray's wife. Does that date me, or what?
It's a nice place, and soon I will be going to the Burbank Library's Buena Vista branch to give a talk on Broken Promi Read more of this blog post »
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“Sometimes, it's easier to tell a stranger something very personal. It's like there's less risk, opening yourself up to someone who doesn't know you.”
Linwood Barclay (No Time For Goodbye)

“Dear Anyone: This is a letter from one anyone to another anyone, no names required, because nobody really knows anyway. Names don't make a hell of a lot of difference. The world is made up entirely of strangers. Millions and millions of them. Everyone is a stranger to everyone else. Sometimes we think we know other people, especially those we supposedly are close to, but if we really knew them, why are we so often surprised by the shit they do? Like, parents are always surprised by what their kids will do. They raise them from the time they are babies, spend each and every day with them, think they're these goddamn fucking angels, and then one day the cops come to the door and say hey, guess what parents? Your kid just bashed some other kid's head in with a baseball bat. Or you're the kid, and you think things are pretty fucking OK, and then one day this guy who's supposed to be your dad says so long, have a nice life. And you think, what the fuck is this? So years later, your mom ends up living with another guy, and he seems OK, but you think, when's it coming? That's what life is. Life is always asking yourself, when's it coming? Because if it hasn't come for a long time, you know you're fucking due. All the best, Anyone.”
Linwood Barclay, No Time for Goodbye

“It occurred to me that with all of today's technologies, there were now more ways than ever to know with abosolute certainty that no one wanted to get in touch with me”
Linwood Barclay, Fear the Worst


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K.S. Lewis Thank you very much for the add! I just discovered your novels last spring and am working up my collection to owning almost all of them. I am in school for Creative Writing and your writing style is simply all consuming and quite enjoyable.

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