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Linwood Barclay

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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…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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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?
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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

“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.”
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“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”
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Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace's friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn't Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
 
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The Girl Before by J.P. DelaneyThe Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.

Emma
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.

Jane
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.
 
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A Tap on the Window by Linwood BarclayA Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay
When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenage girl trying to hitch a ride - even when she starts tapping on his window. But as soon as he realises she's one of his son's classmates, he knows he can't really leave her, alone, on the street.

But nothing prepares him for the consequences of trying to help her out. The next morning he's gone from Good Samaritan to Murder Suspect, and with one girl dead and another missing, he's suddenly at the centre of a deadly puzzle that reaches right to the heart of the town - from its bullying police force to its strangely furtive mayor - and finally to one family's shocking secret.
 
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A triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces and fingers missing. Chief homicide investigator Arkady Renko is brilliant, sensitive, honest, and cynical about everything except his profession. To identify the victims and uncover the truth, he must battle the KGB, FBI, and New York police as he performs the impossible--and tries to stay alive doing it.
 
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☠Kensley​✍ 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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