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Trust Your Eyesby Linwood Barclay
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#1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay's novels have been praised as "compelling" (The Associated Press), "gripping" (The Wall Street Journal), and "fast-paced" (The Washington Post).
Now, Barclay returns with a thrilling story in which two brothers suddenly find themselves pulled into a frightening vortex of power and murder...
Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen.
Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon — but has not — in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.
Thomas's brother, Ray, takes care of him, cooking for him, dealing with the outside world on his behalf, and listening to his intricate and increasingly paranoid theories. When Thomas tells Ray what he has seen, Ray humors him with a half-hearted investigation. But Ray soon realizes he and his brother have stumbled onto a deadly conspiracy.
And now they are in the cross-hairs...
"In this tantalizing stand-alone from Canadian author Barclay (The Accident), the death of 62-year-old Adam Kilbride in a tractor accident brings his illustrator son, Ray, home to Promise Falls, N.Y., for the funeral. Ray dreads what lies ahead — primarily figuring out what to do about his schizophrenic younger brother, Thomas. A map-obsessed savant, Thomas spends most of his waking hours on the Whirl360 site memorizing photographed layouts of cities around the world so that he'll be able to replicate them for the CIA in the event of some future computer-crippling catastrophe. When Thomas witnesses what he thinks is a murder online in the Whirl360 images of a street on Manhattan's Lower East Side, he insists that Ray investigate. Before they know it, the brothers hit the radar of a ruthless, politically connected ex-cop and his ice pick — wielding henchwoman, who are themselves scrambling to mop up after a high-stakes screwup, and the Kilbrides find themselves in the fight of their lives. The genius of Barclay's intricately convoluted design becomes increasingly apparent, with throwaway elements later becoming significant and initially discrete story lines eventually linking with diabolic inevitability. While some of the violence escalates cartoonishly, the engaging main characters grab your heart even as the plot makes it stop. Agent: Helen Heller. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"The best Barclay so far, a tale Hitchcock would have loved....Riveting, frequently scary, occasionally funny, and surprisingly, wonderfully tender....Great entertainment from a suspense master." Stephen King
"No one can thrill you and chill you better than Linwood Barclay. Trust me when I say you won't want to miss [this]." Tess Gerritsen
"One of the best thrillers of the year!...where nothing and no one is all that they seem." Lisa Gardner
"Updates the voyeuristic hook of Rear Window for the Internet age....An up-to-the-moment thrill ride, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough." William Landay
"Barclay's best book to date. Almost impossible to put down." Joy Fielding
"Dazzling. Barclay brings a classic Hitchcock premise into the 21st century with the power of an artist at the top of his game....This book deserves to catapult him to the top of every bestseller list." Joseph Finder
The New York Times bestselling author delivers the follow-up to No Time for Goodbye—an electrifying novel of suspense in which a familys troubled past is about to return in more ways than one. And this time, they may not be able to escape.
Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible, and Terry is struggling to keep his family together.
But when his daughter Grace foolishly follows her delinquent boyfriend into a strange house, the Archers must do more than stay together. They must survive. Because now they have all been unwillingly drawn into the shadowy depths of their seemingly idyllic hometown. And they will soon learn that there are some things people value much more than money, and will do anything to get.
Caught in a labyrinth between family loyalty and ultimate betrayal, Terry must find a way to extricate his family from a lethal situation he doesnt fully comprehend. All he knows is that in order to stay alive, he may need to do the unthinkable
Thomas Kilbride is a schizophrenic who spends his days and nights on a Web site called Whirl360. He travels the world without ever leaving his bedroom and memorizes the details of every street in every city. Then one day, he sees an image that looks like a woman being murdered in a window in New York City. Thomass brother, Ray, knows Thomass paranoia all too well. But if this time its real, both of them will have more to deal with than Thomass delusions.
Because someone somewhere is watching them.
About the Author
Linwood Barclay, former columnist for the Toronto Star, is the #1 international bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including The Accident, Never Look Away, and No Time for Goodbye, which has been optioned for film. He lives near Toronto.
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