Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay

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“The night they killed our neighbors, we never heard a thing.”

In a quiet suburban neighborhood, in a house only one door away, a family is brutally murdered for no apparent reason. And you think to yourself: It could have been us. And you start to wonder: What if we’re next?

Linwood Barclay, critically acclaimed author of No Time for Goodbye, brings terror closer than ever before in a thriller where murder strikes in the place we feel safest of all. 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. They visited for the occasional barbecue and their son, Derek, was friends with the Langleys’ boy, Adam; but how well did they really know their neighbors?

That’s the question Jim Cutter is asking, and the answers he’s getting aren’t reassuring. Albert Langley was a successful, well-respected criminal lawyer, but was he so good at getting criminals off that he was the victim of revenge—a debt his innocent family also paid in blood? From the town’s criminally corrupt mayor to the tragic suicide of a talented student a decade before, Promise Falls has more than its share of secrets. And Jim Cutter, failed artist turned landscaper, need look no further than his own home and his wife Ellen’s past to know that things aren’t always what they seem. But not even Jim and Ellen are ready to know that their son was in the Langley house the night the family was murdered.

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.

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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 September 27, 2008 by Bantam. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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The news that your neighbours, the Langleys and their teenage son, have been shot dead is shocking enough, but even more terrifying is the thought that maybe the killers went to the wrong house ...

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Publishers Weekly

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Barclay’s latest novel about ordinary people in extraordinary peril is filled with complications and coincidences that in a less propulsive thriller would push readers past the boundary of cr

Mar 02 2009 | Read Full Review of Too Close to Home

Book Reporter

They have discovered that Derek was in the house at the time of the murders and have a potential and convincing motive for why Derek is responsible.

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The Independent

Click here to purchase this book The Goliath Bone by Mickey Spillane (Quercus £17.99) Before his death in 2006, Mickey Spillane asked his friend Max Allan Collins (another successful crime writer) to finish the final Mike Hammer novel, and here it is.

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Suite 101

With two other unsolved murders and racial tension rising, is this town still a safe haven?

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Reviewing the Evidence

(Canadian readers will get a certain sly satisfaction from the way Barclay, Toronto resident and Canadian born and bred, introduces Canadian references along the way, rather like Alex Trebek on Jeopardy.) Promise Falls, which put me in mind of a Saratoga Springs without the horses, is a very Ame...

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Gather Books

The family next door to the Cutter family is brutally murdered one night in the quiet town of Promise Falls, where the most action comes from the misfit mayor.

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Then again, Promise Falls is a town whose inhabitants harbor plenty of nasty secrets, so perhaps Cutter's search for answers won't take him too far from home!

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