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Featured New Release: A TAP ON THE WINDOW by Linwood Barclay

Today's featured new release is by LINWOOD BARCLAY, one of my favorite thriller writers. I've read all of his books, and they just get better and better. I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of A TAP ON THE WINDOW and I couldn't put it down!

 

Check out his website here: http://linwoodbarclay.com/home/

 

If you haven't discovered his books yet, you're in for a (suspenseful) treat!

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Linwood Barclay was born in the United States, but just as he was turning four, his parents moved to Canada, settling in a Toronto suburb. Linwood’s father, Everett, a commercial artist whose illustrations of automobiles appeared in Life, Look and The Saturday Evening Post, had accepted an advertising position north of the border.

As the major car accounts switched more to photography for their magazine advertising instead of illustrations, Linwood’s parents bought a cottage resort and trailer park in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. But when Linwood was 16, his father died, and he essentially took over running the family business (an experience he wrote about in his memoir, Last Resort).

 

Last Resort  

 

At the age of 22, Linwood left the resort and got his first newspaper job, at the Peterborough Examiner.
In 1981, he joined the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation newspaper. For twelve years he held a variety of editing positions, then became the paper’s humour columnist in 1993. A few thousand columns later, he retired from the paper in 2008 to write books full-time.

After writing four comic thrillers featuring the character Zack Walker, Linwood turned to darker, standalone novels, starting with No Time for Goodbye, which became an international hit. The novel has been translated into nearly forty languages, was the single bestselling novel in the UK in 2008, and has been optioned for film by Eric McCormack. Since then, all of Linwood’s novels have appeared on bestseller lists, and more his books have been optioned.

Linwood studied English Literature at Trent University. He was fortunate to have some very fine mentors; in particular, the celebrated Canadian author Margaret Laurence, whom Linwood first met while she was serving as writer-in-residence at Trent, and Kenneth Millar, who, under the name Ross Macdonald, wrote the acclaimed series of mystery novels featuring the private eye Lew Archer.

It was at Trent where he met his wife Neetha. They have been married more than thirty years, and have two children, Spencer and Paige.

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Some of his upcoming events:

 

Aug. 18: 1:30 p.m.: Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Sechelt, British Columbia. For ticket info go to www.writersfestival.ca/index.html

Aug. 29: 7:30 p.m.: Barr Memorial Library, Fort Knox, Kentucky. For information call 502-624-1232 or go towww.knoxmwr.com/centerRecreationbrLeisurecenter/BarrMemorialLibrary/BarrMemorialLibraryCalendar/tabi...

 

Sept. 15: Eden Mills Book Festival, Eden Mills, Ontario. For details, go to www.edenmillswritersfestival.ca/

Sept. 21: Kitchener Word on the Street, Kitchener, Ontario. For details, go to www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/kitchener

Sept. 22: Toronto Word on the Street, Toronto, Ontario. For details, go to www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/toronto

 

OCTOBER

Oct. 11: The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cheltenham, England. For details go to www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/

Oct. 12: The Durham Book Festival, Durham, England. For details go to www.durhambookfestival.com/home.html


NOVEMBER

Nov. 12: International Festival of Authors, Toronto, details to come.

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A Tap on the Window  

 

Overview

 

 

Hailed as “a suspense master” by Stephen King, Linwood Barclay now reveals the dark side of a small town—and the even darker secrets that hide there...

 

It’s been two months since private investigator Cal Weaver’s teenage son Scott died in a tragic accident. Ever since, he and his wife have drifted apart, fracturing a once normal life. Cal is mired in grief, a grief he can’t move past. And maybe his grief has clouded his judgment. Because driving home one night, he makes his first big mistake.

 

A girl drenched in rain taps on his car window and asks for a ride as he sits at a stoplight. Even though he knows a fortysomething man picking up a teenage hitchhiker is a fool, he lets her in. She’s the same age as Scott, and maybe she can help Cal find the dealer who sold his son the drugs that killed him. After a brief stop at a roadside diner, Cal senses that something’s not right with the girl or the situation. But it’s too late. He’s already involved.

 

Now Cal is drawn into a nightmare of pain and suspicion. Something is horribly wrong in the small town of Griffon in upstate New York. There are too many secrets there, too many lies and cover-ups. And Cal has decided to expose those secrets one by one.

That’s his second big mistake.

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From Goodreads:

 

Linwood Barclay

Author profile

 

born

The United States 

gender
male

 

website

 

genre

 

influences
Margaret Laurence, Kenneth Millar (Ross Macdonald)

 


About this author

After spending his formative years helping run a cottage resort and trailer park after his father died when he was 16, Linwood Barclay got his first newspaper job at the Peterborough Examiner, a small Ontario daily. In 1981, he joined the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation newspaper.

He held such positions as assistant city editor, chief copy editor, news editor, and Life section editor, before becoming the paper’s humour columnist in 1993. He was one of the paper’s most popular columnists before retiring from the position in 2008 to work exclusively on books.

Between 1996 and 2000 be published four non-fiction books, including a memoir about growing up in cottage country, Last Resort, which was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

In 2004, he launched his mystery series about an anxiety-ridden, know-it-all, pain-in-the-butt father by the name of Zack Walker. Bad Move, the first book, was followed by three more Zack Walker thrillers: Bad Guys, Lone Wolf, and Stone Rain.

His first standalone thriller, No Time for Goodbye, was published in 2007 to critical acclaim and great international success. It has been sold around the world and is being translated into nearly two dozen languages. In Germany alone it has sold half a million copies. His second standalone, Too Close to Home, is coming out in the fall of 2008.

Linwood was born in the United States but moved to Canada just before turning four years old when his father, a commercial artist whose illustrations of cars appeared in Life, Look and Saturday Evening Post (before photography took over), accepted a position with an advertising agency north of the border. 

Linwood, who obtained an Honours B.A. in English at Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario, was fortunate to have some very fine mentors; in particular, the celebrated Canadian author Margaret Laurence, whom Linwood first met when she served as writer-in-residence at Trent, and Kenneth Millar, who, under the name Ross Macdonald, wrote the acclaimed series of mystery novels featuring detective Lew Archer.

It was at Trent that he met the woman who would become his wife. He and Neetha, who teaches kindergarten, have been married for more than 30 years. They have two children, Spencer and Paige.

Series:
Zack Walker

Awards:
Arthur Ellis Award
◊ Best Novel (2009): Too Close to Home(less)
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“Twist-driven thrillers packed with explosive action are a hallmark of Linwood Barclay’s career.”

USA Today

 

“A suspense master.”  —Stephen King

 

“No one can thrill you and chill you better than Linwood Barclay.” —Tess Gerritsen

 

 

“Barclay channels the best of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner.”Associated Press

 

A Tap on the Window  

 

From the publisher:

 

Linwood Barclay’s 2012 thriller Trust Your Eyes was critically acclaimed as “one of the best thrillers of the year” (Associated Press), with a “knock-your-socks-off ending” (New York Times), as well as one of the Boston Globe’s 10 Best Crime Books of the Year.  Bestselling thriller writers like Stephen King, Lisa Gardner, and Tess Gerritsen rave about Barclay’s smart, propulsive, and twisty thrillers, which have landed at the top of bestseller lists around the world, making Barclay a #1 bestselling author in countries like the UK and Canada. 

 

If you have yet to read one of Linwood Barclay’s sharp and gripping thrillers, I urge you to pick up A TAP ON THE WINDOW chock-full of Barclay’s hallmark blend of twisted and complex plotting, smart dialogue, and compelling characters.

 

Private Detective Cal Weaver knows it wasn’t the smartest idea to pick up a female teenager on a street corner in the rain, but when she recognized him as “Scott’s dad” he couldn’t help himself.  He thought she might have answers to what happened the night that his son jumped off a roof in Griffon, NY, near the Canada border.  She introduces herself as Claire and asks Cal to stop at a local burger joint to use the bathroom.  But things go south when he realizes that he’s being gaslighted, and the Claire that returns is actually a doppelgänger.  He confronts her and she bolts from the moving vehicle…only to turn up dead on the banks of the river the next day.  To complicate things further, Claire – who happens to be the mayor’s daughter – is now missing.

 

When the mayor hires Cal to find his daughter, Cal discovers that Claire knows an explosive secret that will shock the entire town – and he’s running out of time to find her before more people die.

 

Claire’s tap on the window sets off a chain-reaction that uncovers answers for Cal and the rest of Griffon…just maybe not the ones they wanted.

 

A TAP ON THE WINDOW  is a perfect end-of-summer read, 

 

You can find Linwood Barclay at www.linwoodbarclay.comwww.facebook/linwoodbarclay, and on Twitter@Linwood_Barclay.

 

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Re: Featured New Release: A TAP ON THE WINDOW by Linwood Barclay

Sounds like a very good book, Becke....definitely worth checking into it.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep - Robert Frost