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Linwood Barclay

Canada (b.1955)

Linwood Barclay is an international bestselling crime and thriller author with over twenty critically acclaimed novels to his name, including the phenomenal number one bestseller No Time For Goodbye. Every Linwood Barclay book is a masterclass in characterisation, plot and the killer twist, and with sales of over 7 million copies globally, his books have been sold in more than 39 countries around the world and he can count Stephen King, Shari Lapeña and Peter James among his many fans.

Genres: Mystery, Children's Fiction
New Books
May 2023

The Lie Maker
Zack Walker
   1. Bad Move (2004)
   2. Bad Guys (2005)
   3. Lone Wolf (2006)
     aka Bad Luck
   4. Stone Rain (2007)
     aka Bad News
   1. Chase (2017)
   2. Escape (2018)
Series contributed to
Non fiction
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2014) : A Tap on the Window

Linwood Barclay recommends
Buffalo Jump (2008)
(Jonah Geller, book 1)
Howard Shrier
"Buffalo Jump jumps right off the page. It's a barelling freight train of a mystery, and I can't wait for Jonah Geller's next case."
Bleed for Me (2010)
(Joseph O'Loughlin, book 4)
Michael Robotham
"Michael Robotham doesn't just make me scared for his characters, he makes my heart ache for them."
Damaged (2010)
(Kate Lange, book 1)
Pamela Callow
"A taut, edge-of-the-seat thriller with strong characters and a driving plot."
The Water Rat of Wanchai (2011)
(Ava Lee, book 1)
Ian Hamilton
"Ava Lee is tough, fearless, quirky and resourceful... a true original."
Rage Against the Dying (2013)
(Brigid Quinn, book 1)
Becky Masterman
"Blown away. What else can I tell you? Brigid Quinn is a heroine to cheer for, and Masterman writes like an angel who has seen far too many ungodly things."
Everything to Lose (2014)
Andrew Gross
"Starts at full throttle and stays there till the end."
The Killing Lessons (2015)
(Valerie Hart, book 1)
Saul Black
"Do not read this. No reader deserves to be terrified like this."
Somebody I Used to Know (2015)
David Bell
"David Bell writes spellbinding and gripping thrillers that get under your skin and refuse to let go."
The Sleepless Ones (2016)
(Guillermo Downes, book 2)
James Marrison
"Dark, gripping and unexpected."
The Lost Ones (2017)
(Nora Watts, book 1)
Sheena Kamal
"Sheena Kamal's writing is as fearless as her protagonist, Nora Watts. It has a dynamite premise that reminded me of Michael Connelly's Blood Work, in which the hero is asked to solve the murder of the woman whose heart ended up in his chest. Kamal has an equally devious starting point . . . Kamal uses the conventions of the crime novel to cast a critical eye on Vancouver's societal dysfunction, racism and poverty."
Ragdoll (2017)
(Ragdoll, book 1)
Daniel Cole
"An exciting thriller."
The Castle (2017)
(Ripped-from-the-Headlines, book 1)
Jason Pinter
"An exciting and fast-paced thriller...One would like to think the events in The Castle are too incredible to be real. Frighteningly, they are not."
True Fiction (2018)
(Ian Ludlow, book 1)
Lee Goldberg
"Great fun that moves as fast as a jet. Goldberg walks a tightrope between suspense and humor and never slips."
Their Little Secret (2019)
(Tom Thorne, book 16)
Mark Billingham
"You think Billingham can't get better, and then along comes Their Little Secret, a twisted, and twisty psychological thriller, rich with character, insight and procedural detail. He is at the top of his game."
The End of the Line (2019)
(Black Market Magic, book 1)
Gray Williams
"An original world of wonder and menace."
Cold Storage (2019)
David Koepp
"Cold Storage is The Andromeda Strain on crack: chilling end-of-the-world terror infected with wicked humour."
No Bad Deed (2020)
Heather Chavez
"Chavez's breathless page-turner will have every aspiring Good Samaritan thinking maybe they should let the NEXT guy help."
The End of Her (2020)
Shari Lapeña
"The queen of the one-sit read."
Her Last Breath (2021)
Hilary Davidson
"Before you start Her Last Breath, be sure to take a deep one. Davidson starts her tale at full speed and rarely comes up for air."
1979 (2021)
(Allie Burns, book 1)
Val McDermid
"A brilliant thriller, as well as a perfect snapshot of the social and political issues of the time."
Chasing the Boogeyman (2021)
(Boogeyman, book 1)
Richard Chizmar
"Richard Chizmar, with Chasing the Boogeyman, presents himself as a print version of Norman Rockwell, if the artist had devoted himself to the creepy things that hide under the bed."
The Apollo Murders (2021)
Chris Hadfield
"Exciting, authentic."
No Place to Run (2022)
Mark Edwards
"Like a Reacher, but with a hero like the rest of us."
The Last Party (2022)
(DC Morgan, book 1)
Clare Mackintosh
"Whipsmart dialogue, droll observation, great characters and some very nasty business make this another standout for Mackintosh."
The Drift (2023)
C J Tudor
"The wildest thriller of the year is three thrillers in one. Buckle up."

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