The Accident by Linwood Barclay

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Glen Garber, a contractor, has seen his business shaken by the housing crisis, and now his wife, Sheila, is taking a business course at night to increase her chances of landing a good-paying job. But she should have been home by now. With their eight-year-old daughter sleeping soundly, Glen soon finds his worst fears confirmed: Sheila and two others have been killed in a car accident. Grieving and in denial, Glen resolves to investigate the accident himself—and begins to uncover layers of lawlessness beneath the placid surface of their Connecticut suburb, secret after dangerous secret behind the closed doors. Propelled into a vortex of corruption and illegal activity, pursued by mysterious killers, and confronted by threats from neighbors he thought he knew, Glen must take his own desperate measures and go to terrifying new places in himself to avenge his wife and protect his child.

About Linwood Barclay

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Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for the Toronto Star. He is the #1 internationally bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including The Accident, Never Look Away, Fear the Worst, Too Close to Home, and No Time for Goodbye. Multiple titles have been optioned for film. He lives near Toronto with his wife and has two grown children. He is currently at work on his latest thriller, to be published by Bantam in Summer 2012.
Published August 9, 2011 by Bantam. 401 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Barclay's latest novel follows his staple formula of taking an ordinary guy and catching him up in something that turns out to be much bigger than it first appears.

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Publishers Weekly

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In Barclay’s latest thriller, things are not going well for independent contractor Glen Garber.

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Book Reporter

Glen and his semi-precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kelly, go looking for her and are horrified when they come across an accident that has left her and members of another family dead.

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Reviewing the Evidence

The scene quickly shifts to suburban Connecticut where contractor Glen Garber and his eight-year-old daughter learn that Sheila, Glen's wife, has been killed in an accident that the police blame on her.

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Glen Barber operates the small construction firm he inherited from his late father in Milford, Connecticut, but the US building recession has hit his business hard and he's feeling the pinch.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Barclay gives some real and false clues along the way and we trust and believe in Glen Garber as he tries to understand why and what happens to his wife.

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The Roanoke Times

No person is introduced without purpose and the reader is not left wondering why a character entered the story.

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The Booksellers New Zealand blog

Despite the widespread accolades he has received for his work, Linwood Barclay’s books were not on my radar at all.

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Sun Sentinel

His wife, Sheila, brings in money from a couple of extra jobs and is taking business accounting classes at night so she can help Glen.

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Shine from Yahoo

Glen and Kelly are the center at the wheel of this story, which also spokes out to include Glen's in-laws and business associates.

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Glen Barber isn't the only person in the small town of Milford with things on his mind.

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Rap Sheet

Great interview!I've read all of Linwood Barclay's stand-alones, with No Time for Goodbye a definite favorite.A friend and I await his next books with eager anticipation.

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