A Tap on the Window

A Tap on the Window

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by Linwood Barclay
     
 

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One of the Boston Globe's Best Crime Novels of the Year!
One of Suspense Magazine's Best Books of 2013!

Since private investigator Cal Weaver’s teenage son died in a tragic accident, Cal and his wife have drifted apart. Cal is mired in a grief he can’t move past. And maybe his grief has clouded his judgment.

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One of the Boston Globe's Best Crime Novels of the Year!
One of Suspense Magazine's Best Books of 2013!

Since private investigator Cal Weaver’s teenage son died in a tragic accident, Cal and his wife have drifted apart. Cal is mired in a grief he can’t move past. And maybe his grief has clouded his judgment.

Driving home one night, a rain-drenched girl taps on his car window and asks for a ride. He knows a grown man picking up a teenage hitchhiker is foolish—but he lets her in. Cal soon senses that something’s not right with the girl or the situation. But it’s too late. He’s already involved.

Drawn into a nightmare of secrets, lies, and cover-ups in his small, upstate New York town, Cal knows that the only thing that can save him is the truth. And he’s about to expose the town’s secrets one by one—if he lives long enough.

 

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio
…a killer of a thriller.
Publishers Weekly
Early in this intricately plotted stand-alone from Arthur Ellis Award–winner Barclay (Trust Your Eyes), middle-aged PI Cal Weaver hesitates to pick up a teenage girl hitchhiking one evening outside a bar in Griffon, N.Y., just across the Canadian border. He decides to give her a ride after she says she was a friend of Cal’s teenage son, Scott, who died a few months earlier while under the influence of ecstasy. The girl, who gives only her first name, Claire, soon feels sick, so he pulls over at a burger place he knows. The girl who returns to his car resembles Claire, but is not Claire. When confronted, the second teen demands to be let out. The next day both girls are missing, and Cal feels honor bound to find them. To complicate things, Claire turns out to be Claire Sanders, the daughter of Griffon’s mayor. Barclay offers one surprise after another in a mystery that unfolds with the mundane heroism and tragedy of a local news story. Agent: Helen Heller, Helen Heller Agency (Canada). (Aug.)
From the Publisher
“A suspense master.”—Stephen King

“A killer of a thriller.” —The New York Times Book Review

“This tap on the window is worth answering.” —The Associated Press

“A smart whodunit with satisfying twists and turns. Mystery buffs couldn’t ask for more.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fast-paced, spine-tingling plots have long been a staple of Barclay’s domestic thrillers, and his latest installment doesn’t disappoint.”—Library Journal (starred review)

 

Library Journal
Shortly after the apparent drug-fueled suicide of their teenage son, Scott, Cal and Donna Weaver each deal with their grief in their own way, neither able to close the growing chasm that has formed between them. While Donna finds comfort in her artwork and in trying to create a perfect impression of her son, Cal uses his skills as a private investigator to track down the people he feels are responsible for his son’s death, albeit indirectly. However, Cal’s search for justice is sidelined when, while stopped at a light on a rainy night, he picks up a teenage hitchhiker, Claire, and becomes an unwitting participant in her ploy. When Claire disappears, Cal’s subsequent quest to find her leads him down an unexpected path to uncover secrets long held by some of the residents of his seemingly sterling hometown of Griffon.

Verdict Fast-paced, spine-tingling plot twists have long been a staple of Barclay’s (Trust Your Eyes) domestic thrillers, and his latest installment does not disappoint. Writing primarily from the first-person perspective, Barclay paints character portraits that are strikingly lifelike and entirely believable. Although the story runs a bit long, the surprising tidbits that are revealed at key points keep the reader engrossed to the very end.—Natasha Grant, New York
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Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
Atmospheric tale of small-town mayhem by Toronto-based mystery writer Barclay (Trust Your Eyes, 2012, etc.). Barclay may live over the line, but he's got a fondness for upstate New York, especially that within earshot of Niagara Falls, where bad guys can dump their victims and watch them bob in the waves just for grins. It takes a certain sadistic type to do so, of course. Check: Barclay's got one. Maybe more than one, given the strong-arm ways of the local gendarmerie. The story takes off with a start from the get-go, when private investigator Cal Weaver, lost in a depressed fog since the death of his son, picks up a hitchhiker who claims to have been a friend of the boy--and perhaps more. Bad idea, picking up a young woman in the rain, but that's where that insistent tap on the window comes in, and that's where things begin to go haywire. Suffice it to say that by the end of the tale, there's a pile of bodies to account for ("You don't think he did it," says his wife of one suspect. "I don't," Cal replies. "But I've been wrong before"), and Barclay has skillfully hidden the identity of the perp behind a couple of barrels' worth of red herrings. Barclay turns in a taut procedural. His prose is often relaxed, even conversational; "It struck me that she was dressed for much colder weather than we were currently having" lacks the smart-alecky zinginess of a Raymond Chandler, but it's also exactly the sort of thing a real-live gumshoe on a cooling trail might think. A smart whodunit with satisfying twists and turns. Mystery buffs couldn't ask for more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101623442
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
29,531
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“A suspense master.”—Stephen King

“A killer of a thriller.” —The New York Times Book Review

“This tap on the window is worth answering.” —The Associated Press

“A smart whodunit with satisfying twists and turns. Mystery buffs couldn’t ask for more.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fast-paced, spine-tingling plots have long been a staple of Barclay’s domestic thrillers, and his latest installment doesn’t disappoint.”—Library Journal (starred review)

 

Meet the Author

Linwood Barclay is the #1 international bestselling author of eleven critically acclaimed novels, including Trust Your Eyes, which has been optioned for film, Never Look Away, which has been optioned for television, and No Time for Goodbye.

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A Tap on the Window 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 22 reviews.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Cal Weaver is a private investigator whose son Scott had died falling off a roof. Thinking that is was due to drugs, Weaver was doing his own investigation trying to find who gave Scott the drugs. On a rainy night he is stopped at a red light and a young girl taps on his window asking for a ride home. He is reluctant but she recognizes him and said that she knew Scott. Against his better judgment, Cal relents and drives her. She then starts acting weird and asks for him to stop at a diner so she can use the bathroom. The girl that comes back is not her and Cal realizes something is going on with the two. It turns out that the first girl was the Mayor's daughter and some cops show up at Cal's house wanting to know what he may have done because she is missing. Cal needs to do his own investigation but he will soon find that the local cops are overzealous and some of the people that get involved with Cal end up dead. The author gives clues throughout that there is a mother and son holding a man captive somewhere and this will eventually be tied into the story. This book does not have a lot of action but Barclay's writing style more than offsets the lack of action as the intrigue he builds is outstanding and he does an excellent job getting to the depths of Cal's soul as he narrates the tale. This is a book that is difficult to put down once you read it. I found myself several times saying I will just read a few more pages and those few pages would quickly turn to 35 pages before I would wonder where the time went. Barclay is obviously a very talented writer! My only qualm with the book is that the last 40 pages or so seemed to drag on a bit but this did not prevent me from giving it five stars.
TexasGrandmaKK More than 1 year ago
This latest book did not disappoint. His wonderful way of keeping the suspense pending throughout had me not waiting for the paperback, but buying this hardbound as I couldn't wait to read another tale by him! A true page turner--hated to even put it down!
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
If you like a good suspense thriller, murder mystery this books for you. A definite page turner. 
donnasreview More than 1 year ago
Easy Read. Interesting twist.
Anun More than 1 year ago
This was a well-written, suspense that made the characters come alive. It held my interest from front to back. Not a boring moment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the usual Barclay , sad and drawn out, Iam a fan of this author, this had no humor anywhere just sad and violent,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very emotional book.couldn't put it down.
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Stefanie18 More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Linwood Barclay fan and I have no clue how this book slipped past me because I read everything he writes. Somehow, I missed this book when it was initially released. But what a thrill it was when I saw it on a shelf at the store and realized I had Linwood Barclay book to devour! This was a book that I picked up and didn't put down until I finished it from cover to cover. LOTS of great twists and turns in this book and an ending I definitely did NOT see coming! This is definitely a 'must read' if you're a Barclay fan!~ 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You won't waste ur money if u purchase this book. Couldn't put it down.
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Book was good but not his best.
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Boop.