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A Tap On The Window

by Linwood Barclay

Doubleday Canada | August 6, 2013 | Trade Paperback

A Tap On The Window is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.

It''s been two months since private investigator Cal Weaver''s teenage son, Scott, died in a tragic drug-related accident. Ever since, he and his wife have drifted apart, fracturing a once-normal life. Cal is mired in grief he can''t move past. And maybe that has clouded his judgment. Because he made a grave mistake driving home on a very rainy night. A drenched young girl tapped on his window as he sat at a stoplight and asked for a ride. And even though he knew a forty-something man picking up a teenage hitchhiker is a fool, he let her in the car--she was the same age as Scott and maybe she could help him find the dealer who sold his son the drugs that killed him. However, after a brief stop at a roadside diner, Cal senses that something''s not right with the girl or the situation. But it''s too late. He''s already involved.
     Soon Cal finds himself mired in a nightmare of pain and suspicion. Something is horribly wrong in the small town of Griffon in Upstate New York. There are too many secrets, too many lies. And Cal decides to expose those secrets one by one.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 pages, 9.19 × 6.12 × 1.07 in

Published: August 6, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385669593

ISBN - 13: 9780385669597

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent again another page turner for Linwood Barclay I found the book difficult to put down this book has your mind racing to figure out the mystery.
Date published: 2013-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Summer suspense reading Here's the latest summer thriller to get your hands on. Linwood Barclay follows up last summer's hit, Trust Your Eyes, with his new novel A Tap on the Window. Private Investigator Cal Weaver and his wife are still grieving over the death of their son Scott, who died in a fall. Scott's autopsy revealed levels of drugs that most likely contributed to his death. Cal is determined to find who in their town of Griffon, New York might have sold Scott the drugs. On a rainy night, when a young woman taps on his window asking for a ride, Cal hesitates. But when she recognizes him as Scott's dad, he sees a chance to gain more information about who Scott's dealer might have been. "A middle-aged guy would have to be a total fool to pick up a teenage girl standing outside a bar with her thumb sticking out. Not that bright on her part, either, when you think about it. But right now, we're talking about my stupidity, not hers." When Claire the hitchhiker asks Cal to stop to let her use the washroom of a local restaurant, he again hesitates, but complies with her request. But the girl who gets back into the car isn't the same girl who got out. They look the same, but this girl's clothes are dry - the other girl was soaked. And then this girl bolts from the car as well. What's going on? A prank? Or are they in trouble? Barclay is a master of the domestic suspense genre. He does it again in A Tap on the Window - takes a grieving parent and dumps him into an unthinkable situation. Cal feels responsible for finding out what happened to that first girl and starts his own investigation. But the local cops' suspicion is turned on Cal when the girl can't be found. Hounded and harassed by the cops, Cal keeps digging. But there's more than the missing girl - something is wrong in the town of Griffon. And the police department seems to be at the centre of everything. The story is told in first person narrative by Cal, so we are along for the ride as he slowly uncovers and pieces together the hidden story of Griffon. There are italicized chapters written from an unknown point of view that hint at yet another secret. Barclay strings us along and keeps us guessing with many red herrings and possible suspects. It seems that everyone is guilty of something. About one hundred pages from the end, I made my final guess and had my suspicions confirmed in the last few chapters. Although the basic premise of A Tap on the Window is not new, Barclay puts his own spin on things and finishes up with a 'last didn't see that one coming twist' ending that surprised me. I've read and enjoyed every book written by Barclay - he's a master at the suspense game. A Tap on the Window is a fast-paced, addictive page turner that will land on the best seller lists very shortly!
Date published: 2013-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Thriller Like No Other!!!! Story Description: DoubleDay Canada|August 6, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-385-66959-7 My Review: Cal and Donna Weaver’s teenage son, Scott, committed suicide two months ago by jumping off Griffon’s furniture roof. It has been said that he was high on drugs, ecstasy at the time. Cal, a private investigator has vowed to never give up trying to find the person responsible for giving Scott that fatal dose. His wife, Donna, who worked at the local police station and whose brother, Augie was the Chief of Police, spent her spare-time sketching head shots of their son, Scott. Donna had a file folder full of them and said she wouldn’t stop sketching until she felt she had drawn the best one, the one that caught the true essence of their beloved son. As a couple, their marriage had obviously suffered a great deal. You don’t go through something like this and not have if affect you. With, Cal out every single day working as a private eye and Donna with her work at the police station, it seems like the two of them are ships passing in the night. Cal knows that when he tip-toes to bed each night that, Donna is really awake but pretends to be asleep to avoid having to talk. Cal just goes along with it because he doesn’t know anymore what to say to her. Cal has been making a bad name for himself around their small town of Griffon. He is relentless in his search of the person who sold, Scott his fatal dose of ecstasy and in the process has roughed up a few people. Folks are very leery of him and avoid him when they can. He is so mired in a grief for his son that he can’t move past that he makes his first huge mistake. Driving home one night in the pounding rain, a girl soaked to the bone ‘taps on his window’ and asks for a ride as he sits at a stoplight. Cal thinks about the fact that he is some forty odd years old and picking up a young, female, teenage hitchhiker alone may not be in his best interest. But when she taps on his window she says: “You’re Mr. Weaver, Scott’s Dad.” With that he lets her into his car thinking that maybe he could help him find the dealer who sold, Scott the drugs that killed him. As they’re driving, the girl, Claire, asks Cal to pull over to a roadside diner as she feels sick to her stomach and doesn’t want to vomit in his car. After she is back in the vehicle, Cal notices that something just isn’t right with this girl or the whole situation, but it’s too late for Cal, he’s already involved. After driving a bit, the girl demands to be let out of his car in the middle of nowhere. Cal pleads with her to let him drop her off at the safety of her house but she adamantly refuses and tries to jump out of the car while it’s still moving. Cal has no choice but to pull over to the curb and let her out. Claire hops out into the pouring rain and begins to run. Later that day she is found murdered not far from where Cal had let her out of his car – he was the last person to see her alive. This isn’t going to be good for him. Cal decides something is horribly, horribly wrong in this small town of Griffon – too many secrets, too many lies, and too many cover-ups. He decides he’s going to investigate on his own leaving no stone unturned. What he doesn’t realize is just how much he is going to uncover and whether or not he’ll make it out alive! A Tap on the Window was a heart-pounding, rollercoaster ride of suspense like I’ve never read. The thrills, the suspense, and the mystery kept building and building and building until I felt like I was going to explode if I didn’t soon read the answer to what I wanted to know. At 500 pages, I still read it in two days and just couldn’t put it down. There were parts in the book were I actually felt afraid and sort of kept looking around the room for a minute to get my mind off the feeling. Mr. Barclay has outdone himself with this one. Please don’t miss out on this thrilling thriller, you won’t be sorry!!
Date published: 2013-08-05

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A Tap On The Window

by Linwood Barclay

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 pages, 9.19 × 6.12 × 1.07 in

Published: August 6, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385669593

ISBN - 13: 9780385669597

From the Publisher

It''s been two months since private investigator Cal Weaver''s teenage son, Scott, died in a tragic drug-related accident. Ever since, he and his wife have drifted apart, fracturing a once-normal life. Cal is mired in grief he can''t move past. And maybe that has clouded his judgment. Because he made a grave mistake driving home on a very rainy night. A drenched young girl tapped on his window as he sat at a stoplight and asked for a ride. And even though he knew a forty-something man picking up a teenage hitchhiker is a fool, he let her in the car--she was the same age as Scott and maybe she could help him find the dealer who sold his son the drugs that killed him. However, after a brief stop at a roadside diner, Cal senses that something''s not right with the girl or the situation. But it''s too late. He''s already involved.
     Soon Cal finds himself mired in a nightmare of pain and suspicion. Something is horribly wrong in the small town of Griffon in Upstate New York. There are too many secrets, too many lies. And Cal decides to expose those secrets one by one.

About the Author

LINWOOD BARCLAY, former columnist for the Toronto Star, is the #1 international bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including Trust Your Eyes, The Accident, Never Look Away, and No Time for Goodbye, which has been optioned for film. He lives near Toronto with his wife and has two grown children. The author lives in Oakville, ON.

Editorial Reviews

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

“Barclay’s portrayal of the devastating effect of a son’s death on his loving family is note-perfect. The novel’s minor characters are well developed and deliciously detailed. . . . Barclay’s many fans will need no encouragement to seek this book out. But if you haven’t discovered him yet, it’s time you did.”
—The Globe and Mail

“Barclay offers one surprise after another in a mystery that unfolds with the mundane heroism and tragedy of a local news story.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Fast-paced, spine-tingling plot twists have long been a staple of Barclay’s domestic thrillers, and his latest installment does not disappoint.”
—Library Journal

“A Tap on the Window raises the Barclay bar even higher.”
—Toronto Star

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