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A gripping thriller packed with scandal in a small town from the master of the twist you never saw coming - international bestseller Linwood Barclay. When a young girl from Promise Falls is killed by a drunk driver the community wants answers. It doesn't matter that the accused is a kid himself: all they see is that he took a life and got an easy sentence. As pack mentality kicks in and social media outrage builds vicious threats are made against the boy and his family. When Cal Weaver is called in to investigate he finds himself caught up in a cold-blooded revenge plot. Someone in the town is threatening to put right some wrongs...And in Cal's experience it's only ever a matter of time before threats turn into action.


Orion Publishing Co
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Barclay, Linwood
Publication Date
April, 2017

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This is a standalone a...

This is a standalone although readers of Barclay's "Promise Falls" trilogy will recognize the characters and the small community. As addition to the main storyline there are also some very entertaining secondary characters...some you sympathize with and some you never ever want to meet anyone like them. Things move along nicely and you think you have it all figured out and then about 98% into the book Barclay brings on a surprising twist that you never suspected. Those that love a well done mystery will be certain to like this one.

Did you wish there was...

Did you wish there was more when you turned the last page of Linwood Barclay Promise Falls Trilogy? Well, good news! There is! Parting Shot releases today. It's a stand alone, but features two of the players from that trilogy - Cal Weaver and my favourite - Detective Barry Duckworth. It's roughly a year after the events that concluded the trilogy. But it seems that horrific crimes are a staple in Promise Falls. Jeremy, a young man, tagged by the press as Big Baby, successfully avoided jail time after killing a young woman while drunk driving. He may have been cleared by the courts, but social justice vigilantes are determined to give him no peace. Cal, a private investigator, is brought in to act as a bodyguard for Jeremy. Barry seems to have his own vigilante issues. A young man disappears for two days, only to reappear with a crudely tattooed message on his back. Barclay employs a wide and varied cast of characters in Parting Shot. Each of them has their own drama and subplot in addition to their role in the bigger picture. The quick, snappy dialogue, rapid plot developments, fast forward action will keep the reader turning pages. Barclay inserts a wry, darkly humourous undertone to many of the character's actions and dialogue. At times, you wonder if the criminals could really be that incompetent and the other players that foolish. The plot does need to be read with a few grains of salt - but it does make for an entertaining read! Barclay throws in numerous twist and turns, especially in the final run up to the ending. And that last page caught me off guard. Truthfully, I didn't like that last turn of events and found it rather harsh note to end on. Is Barclay done with Promise Falls? Only time will tell. I'd love to see more of Barry and Cal.

Barclay kept me readin...

Barclay kept me reading as always, though, I'd say this wasn't his most intense story it still grabbed my full attention. Another book set in Promise Falls, though not connected to the previous trilogy; it is its own standalone story. However it stars two of the characters from the trilogy: private investigator Cal Weaver and Detective Barry Duckworth. Thre are also references to events from previous books so I wouldn't recommend reading this before any of the others. This time we have both Cal and Duckworth working on separate cases with the narrative switching back and forth between them. The reader learns almost from the beginning that the cases are related to each other but the reveal to the characters isn't until close to the end. Not as dark and disturbing as some of Barclay's work can be but not lacking in gripping the reader's attention. By this point we fully know and love the two main characters and one of the crimes is pulled straight from the headlines. A good read but I will say I'm ready for a new standalone not part of romise Falls. Hoping the new book due out this July (2018) will fit the bill.

A young girl gets kill...

A young girl gets killed by a drunk driver. The residents of Promise Falls are not happy. One in particular wants his own type of revenge. Cal Weaver is called in to protect the driver and Barry Duckworth is on the case. I always enjoy books by Linwood Barclay and especially the most recent ones set in Promise Falls. This story has the regular characters that have appeared in previous novels and the Promise Falls series of books. In this case its Barry Duckwork and his son Trevor along with Cal Weaver. Like all previous books, the story is engaging with all the twists and turns. However I didn't quite enjoy this book as much as the others. Firstly the perp was revealed a little too early so towards the end of the book I was bored as it was just leading up to the final showdown. Secondly I don't know if perhaps the Promise Falls series is now becoming a bit stale. How many crimes can a little town have. For me it's becoming a little like Midsomer. Overall a good read but not as good as previous books.

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