THE TWENTY THREE (Book Three in the Promise Falls Trilogy)

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Everything has been leading to this. It’s the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd, and the small town of Promise Falls, New York, has found itself in the midst of a full-blown catastrophe. Hundreds of people are going to the hospital with similar flu-like symptoms—and dozens have died. Investigators quickly zero in on the water supply. 

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FAR FROM TRUE (Book Two in the Promise Falls Trilogy)

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The second spine-chilling thriller set in the troubled town of Promise Falls.

 After the screen of a run-down drive-in movie theater collapses and kills four people, the daughter of one of the victims asks private investigator Cal Weaver to look into a break-in at her father's house. Cal discovers a hidden room where salacious activities have taken place--as well as evidence of missing DVDs. But it may not be the discs the thief was interested in. . . .

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FINAL ASSIGNMENT: A PROMISE FALLS NOVELLA

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Private investigator Cal Weaver doesn’t know what to expect when he’s called to the home of Chandler Carson. The sixteen-year-old has been suspended for writing a violent story about a bat-wielding teen who beats his best friend to death over a girl. Much to Chandler’s mother’s surprise, there’s nothing that Cal is willing to do—or can do—about it.

Soon after, Chandler’s best friend is found murdered. Cal knew the victim, and now he knows the prime suspect. But there’s more to this story than anyone could have imagined... 

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BROKEN PROMISE (Book One in the Promise Falls Trilogy)

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Promise Falls is a broken town. No jobs. No prospects. Not even a newspaper since the Standard went under.  Which means   reporter David Harwood is unemployed.  But there are still things out there for him to look into, like how his cousin Marla has  acquired a baby she swears was given to her by an angel.  And what this baby has to do with a vicious murder on the other side of town. 

Add into the mix a a series of strange and possibly connected occurrences. A mothballed Ferris wheel coming to life. A ritualistic animal slaughter. A serial predator on the prowl at the local college. Promise Falls is slipping into darkness ...


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NO SAFE HOUSE

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It’s been seven years since Terry Archer and his family experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, those events still echo. Terry’s wife, Cynthia, is living separate from her husband and daughter after her own personal demons threatened to ruin her relationship with them permanently. Their daughter, Grace, is rebelling against her parents’ seemingly needless over-protection. 

But when Grace foolishly follows her delinquent boyfriend into a strange house, the Archers must do more than pull together. They must stay alive. They will encounter killers for hire working all sides. And they will learn that there are some things people value much more than money, and will do anything to get it.


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A TAP ON THE WINDOW

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A Tap On The Window 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. He’s mired in a grief that has clouded his judgment, because driving home one night, he makes a very 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, because she knew his son, and may know something about the circumstances of his death. Soon, Cal senses something’s not right with the girl, or the situation. But it’s too late. He’s already involved.


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NEVER SAW IT COMING

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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

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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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THE ACCIDENT

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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…

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NEVER LOOK AWAY

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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.

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FEAR THE WORST

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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.


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TOO CLOSE TO HOME

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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.
 

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NO TIME FOR GOODBYE

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Nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and short-listed as best novel by the International Thriller Writers

One night, when Cynthia Archer was 14 years old, her family disappeared. Now, 25 years later, she’s about to learn what happened to her mother, father brother, and she might be better off never finding out.


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LONE WOLF

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Newspaper writer, family man, and reluctant hero Zack Walker has stumbled onto some dicey stories before, but nothing like what he’s about to uncover when a mutilated corpse is found at his father’s lakeside fishing camp. As always, Zack fears the worst. And this time, his paranoid worldview is dead-on.


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STONE RAIN

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Metropolitan newspaper writer Zack Walker has a knack for stumbling onto deadly stories. But it’s one that his good friend Trixie Snelling doesn’t want told that’s about to unleash a storm of trouble. As a professional dominatrix in the suburbs, Trixie has her share of secrets, but Zack has no idea what she’s really hiding when a local newspaperman threatens to do an exposé on her…not until Zack finds a dead body strapped to the bondage cross in her basement dungeon.

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BAD MOVE

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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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BAD GUYS

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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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LAST RESORT

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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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