Trust Your Eyes by 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 crosshairs…
 

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 4, 2012 by Signet. 508 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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Rear Window crossed with Rain Man and updated for the virtual age, Barclay's latest nail-biter has a map-obsessed schizophrenic discovering a murder while browsing street images online.

Aug 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Trust Your Eyes

The New York Times

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In Linwood Barclay’s “Trust Your Eyes,” a schizophrenic savant who witnesses a murder suffers from a credibility problem.

Sep 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Trust Your Eyes

Publishers Weekly

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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.

Jul 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Trust Your Eyes

Book Reporter

a death that may or may not be a murder (call it an “ifdunit,” a “whydunit” or a “whodunit,” and you’d be right) and a relationship between brothers Thomas and Ray that will put you a bit in the mind of two other siblings named Charlie and Raymond Babbitt.

Sep 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Trust Your Eyes

Reviewing the Evidence

When his father dies, accidentally crushed when his lawn tractor tips over, Thomas's brother Ray comes home to see to the arrangements and to figure out what to do with Thomas.

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Reviewing the Evidence

On the accidental death of his father, Ray returns to the family home where only his brother Thomas remains - a man with psychiatric problems who rarely leaves his room and spends all day on Whirl360, a search site which allows him to study street patterns worldwide.

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Express

THOMAS Kilbride spends most of his waking hours exploring cities around the world via the Whirl360 website.

Sep 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Trust Your Eyes

We Love This Book

With this, his eighth outing, Trust Your Eyes is set to underline his burgeoning reputation for delivering not only fast-paced, superbly told stories, but also those that make you think well after the book has been closed.

Sep 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Trust Your Eyes

The Big Story

Thomas tells Ray there is a computer virus coming that will eliminate all the maps in the world and that he's working with the CIA and former President Bill Clinton to memorize the world before the end comes.

Sep 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Trust Your Eyes

Bookmarks Magazine

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.

Sep 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Trust Your Eyes

The Coast

The upshot is that Thomas’ work leads him to a suspicious image – a street shot has captured an apparent murder-in-progress that the entire world can see if they know where to look – and Ray becomes unwitting bait by poking around.

Sep 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Trust Your Eyes

Shots

The CIA under the direction of Bill Clinton have recruited Thomas Kilbride [due to his astounding memory and mental abilities like that of the Dustin Hoffman idiot-savant character in “Rainman”] to memorise and map the entire world’s cities so when the ‘incident’ happens, they can use Thomas to g...

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Sep 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Trust Your Eyes

Rap Sheet

Thanks Bob and Barb - my experience of thriller writers is that the darker the material the write, the nicer they are - Linwood Barclay is both, a superb writer and one of the nicest people I've met in my literary travels, my wife and kids are all readers of his, if they weren't the conversation ...

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Women's Post

Thomas then discovers what he believes to be a murder victim in a window in a New York City apartment and manipulates Ray into starting a half-hearted investigation.

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