Linwood Barclay

www.linwoodbarclay.com

Linwood was a popular columnist for the Toronto Star until he left to write novels full-time. His breakout novel No Time For Goodbye is an international bestseller, and was the number one bestseller in the UK for 2008, and was shortlisted for the Galaxy British Book Award Books Direct Thriller of the Year. Following on that success, Too Close To Home, Fear The Worst and Never Look Away were instant hardcover bestsellers in the UK. Hundreds of thousands of Linwood’s books are in print in the USA. Linwood lives in Burlington, Ontario, with his wife, Neetha.

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No Safe House

Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that night are still haunting them. Terry’s wife, Cynthia, is living separate from her husband and daughter after her own personal demons threatened to permanently ruin her relationship with them. Their daughter, Grace, is rebelling against her parents’ needless overprotection. Terry is just trying to keep his family together. And the entire town is reeling from the senseless murder of a local retired couple.
But when Grace follows her delinquent boyfriend into a strange house, the Archers must do more than stay together. They must stay alive. Because now they have all been unwillingly drawn into the shadowy depths of their idyllic hometown. There, they will be reconnected with the man who saved their lives seven years ago, but who remains a ruthless, unrepentant criminal. The Archers will learn that there are some things people value much more than money, and some people who will do anything to get it.
Caught in a labyrinth between family loyalty and ultimate betrayal, Terry must find a way to extricate his family from a lethal situation. All he knows is that survival might mean doing the unthinkable…

Rights sold:
Doubleday Canada, UK Orion

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A Tap on the Window

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.

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Last Resort

In this funny yet poignant memoir, which was shortlisted for one of Canada’s top literary prizes, the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Linwood Barclay tells the story of his teenage years, when his parents left behind the suburbs of Toronto to run a cottage resort and trailer park in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario.

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Lone Wolf

Zack has a run-in with some home-grown terrorist types while trying to help out his father.

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Stone Rain

Zack Walker gets drawn into the dangerous and violent past of his former neighbor, dominatrix Trixie Snelling.

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The Accident

Milford, Connecticut, is a quiet, orderly place to live, a good place to bring up kids.  But people are beginning to feel the bite of financial hard times. Even decent, normally law-abiding folks have started getting a little creative when it comes to making ends meet.

For Glen Barber, the recession has been particularly bad for his construction business, especially after a mysterious fire destroyed one of his buildings.  But Glen’s troubles are about to escalate to a whole new level. His wife Sheila has her own plans for getting them out of their financial jam, plans that seem to involve a secret network of Milford’s wives and are about to pay off big-time.

And that’s when the accident happens…

Suddenly it looks as if the neighbors’ ‘get rich quick’ schemes are more likely to get you dead. Glen – no longer able to trust even the people he loves – must risk everything to find out what’s lurking behind the town’s idyllic façade.

Because some accidents aren’t accidents at all.

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Bad Guys

Zack Walker has joined the staff of a city newspaper and his feature on the life of a private detective has dragged him into the doings of a murderous gang of thieves. The car he bought at a police auction contains a secret that could get him killed. And it’s possible his daughter is being stalked by a dangerous would-be boyfriend.

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Bad Move

Bad Move introduces Linwood’s reluctant hero, Zack Walker, a science fiction writer and perpetually worried father who moves his family from the dangerous city to the peaceful suburbs, and runs headlong into the law of unintended consequence. The Walker family’s change of scene doesn’t bring about tranquility, but it does introduce them to political corruption, a marijuana-growing operation, the neighborhood dominatrix, and murder.

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Never Saw It Coming

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 is—for a price, of course.

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Trust Your Eyes

A schizophrenic man spends his days and nights on a website called Whirl360, believing he’s employed by the CIA to store the details of every town and city in the world in his head. Then one day, he sees something that shouldn’t be there: a woman being murdered behind a window on a New York street. Suddenly Thomas has more to deal with than just his delusions, as he gets drawn into a deadly conspiracy.

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Clouded Vision

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.

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Never Look Away

A warm summer Saturday. An amusement park. David Harwood is glad to be spending some quality time with his wife, Jan, and their four-year-old son. But what begins as a pleasant family outing turns into a nightmare after an inexplicable disappearance. As David struggles to restore his family, he discovers that the people we’re most close to are the ones with the biggest secrets.

Rights sold:
French World Editions Belfond, German -Verlag Ullstein GmbH, North America Bantam, Russian AST, UK Orion

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Fear The Worst

Sydney Blake’s summer is shaping up to be typical for a teenager: she’s spending it with her father, and she has landed a part-time job at a local hotel. One night, Syd fails to come home from her shift, and her father Tim begins to panic after he visits the hotel and the manager claims that Syd has never worked there. Grilling his daughter’s friends for clues leads Tim nowhere — except to threats against his life — and as he frantically chases every lead, he can’t help but wonder if Syd is even still alive. Despite a growing list of unanswered questions, all Tim knows for certain is that he must continue searching for his daughter no matter how high the stakes become.

Rights sold:
Dutch De Boekerij BV, French World Editions Belfond, German -Verlag Ullstein GmbH, Israel Modan Publishing House, Italian Edizioni Piemme Spa, North America Bantam, Norwegian Vega Forlag AS, Russian AST, UK Orion

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Too Close To Home

Promise Falls isn’t the kind of community where a family is shot to death in their own home. But that is exactly what happened to the Langleys one sweltering summer night, and no one in this small upstate New York town is more shocked than their next-door neighbors, Jim and Ellen Cutter. Suddenly the Cutters must face the unthinkable: that a murderer isn’t just stalking too close to home but is inside it already. For the Langleys weren’t the first to die and they won’t be the last. Winner of the 2009 Arthur Ellis Award for best novel.

Rights sold:
Czech World EUROMEDIA GROUP k.s, Danish Cicero/Chr. Erichsen, Dutch De Boekerij BV, French World Editions Belfond, German -Verlag Ullstein GmbH, Israel Modan Publishing House, Italian Edizioni Piemme Spa, North America Bantam, Norwegian Vega Forlag AS, Polish Swiat Ksiazki Sp. z.o.o., Russian AST, Serbian Sezam Books d.o.o., Slovak Vydavatelstvo Ikar a.s, Swedish Kabusa Bocker AB, Turkey - Alfa Basim Yayim Dagitim Ins. Tur. San. ve Tic. Ltd. Sti., UK Orion

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No Time For Goodbye

Rights sold:
Bulgarian -Era Media Ltd., Bulgarian The Reader's Digest Assoc Inc, Croatian Algoritam Ltd., Czech World EUROMEDIA GROUP k.s, Czech World Reader's Digest Vyber s.r.o., Danish Cicero/Chr. Erichsen, Dutch De Boekerij BV, Entertainment rights sold to Eric McCormack, Finnish Oy Valitut Palat - Reader's Digest Ab, France Belfond, German -Verlag Ullstein GmbH, Hungarian -General Press, Hungarian VRD – Valogatas, Israel Modan Publishing House, Italian Edizioni Piemme Spa, Japanese Villagebooks Inc, Korean Eulyoo Publishing Company, Ltd, North America Bantam, Norwegian Vega Forlag AS, Polish Przeglad Reader's Digest, Polish Swiat Ksiazki Sp. z.o.o., Portuguese/Brazil only Distribuidora Record S.A., Portuguese/Brazil only Reader's Digest Brasil Ltda, Portuguese/Portugal only Circulo de Leitores, Portuguese/Portugal only Seleccoes do Reader's Digest (Portugal) S.A., Romanian SC Leda Editserv SRL, Russian AST, Russian Reader's Digest Russia, S.A., Serbian Sezam Books d.o.o., Slovak Reader's Digest Vyber s.r.o., Slovak Vydavatelstvo Ikar a.s, Spanish/World Circulo de Lectores, Swedish Kabusa Bocker AB, Swedish Reader's Digest AB, Taiwan and Hong Kong Kate Publishing Co., Thailand Sanskrit Books, Turkey - Alfa Basim Yayim Dagitim Ins. Tur. San. ve Tic. Ltd. Sti., UK Orion, Ukranian Hemiro Limited

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Stone Rain

Rights sold:
France Belfond, North America Bantam, UK Orion

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Lone Wolf

Rights sold:
France Belfond, North America Bantam, UK Orion

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The Accident

Milford, Connecticut, is a quiet, orderly place to live, a good place to bring up kids.  But people are beginning to feel the bite of financial hard times. Even decent, normally law-abiding folks have started getting a little creative when it comes to making ends meet.

For Glen Barber, the recession has been particularly bad for his construction business, especially after a mysterious fire destroyed one of his buildings.  But Glen’s troubles are about to escalate to a whole new level. His wife Sheila has her own plans for getting them out of their financial jam, plans that seem to involve a secret network of Milford’s wives and are about to pay off big-time.

And that’s when the accident happens…

Suddenly it looks as if the neighbors’ ‘get rich quick’ schemes are more likely to get you dead. Glen – no longer able to trust even the people he loves – must risk everything to find out what’s lurking behind the town’s idyllic façade.

Because some accidents aren’t accidents at all.

Rights sold:
North America Bantam, UK Orion

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