Bad Move

Bad Move

Book One in the Zack Walker Series

Bad Move
UK Edition
Bad Move
North American Edition


About the Book

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.


“Riotously funny and irreverent…Barclay’s debut novel is a rollicking good read. Fans of the crime caper will rejoice.”
– Publishers Weekly

“Delightful characters and a clever plot created with thoughtful and skilled writing…dare we hope for a second encounter?”
– Washington Times

“Well crafted and twisty…Bad Move reads like a mainstream movie.”

– Dallas Morning

“Fast pacing, well-drawn characters, and a look at the life of science fiction writer add to this humorous first novel.”
– Booklist

“Maybe the funniest crime novel published in the United States in 2004… This hilarious tale of Zack Walker, a busybody suburban dad caught up in dangerous doings and in over his head, is perhaps the most comical crime-fiction series debut since Donald E. Westlake’s The Hot Rock.”
– Tom Nolan