Bad Move by Linwood Barclay

Bad Move

byLinwood Barclay

Kobo ebook | June 1, 2004

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In the too-quiet town of Oakwood, only the lucky die of boredom…and new homeowner Zack Walker isn’t feeling lucky. Whoever said the burbs were boring will think twice after reading Linwood Barclay’s hilarious debut mystery, in which Dad learns the hard way that he doesn’t always know best.

Zack wouldn’t blame you for thinking he’s safety-obsessed. True, he masterminded a plot to trade his family’s exciting city lifestyle for one of suburban tranquillity. True, even after this strategic move, Zack still has issues with family members who forget their keys in the front door, leave their cars unlocked, or park their backpacks at the top of the stairs—where you could kill yourself tripping over them. Just ask his wife, Sarah, or his teenage kids, Paul and Angie, who endure their share of lectures.

Zack knows that he needs to chill out and assume the best for once—but we know what happens to those who assume.

When Zack realizes their two-faced developer sent a petty thief to fix their leaky shower, he starts fighting hard to ignore the fact that Oakwood isn’t the crime-free paradise he was hoping for. But his brief state of denial comes to an abrupt end when, during a walk by the creek, he stumbles across a dead body. Even more shocking, Zack actually knows who the victim is—and who might want him dead.

With a killer roaming around their neighborhood and Zack’s overactive imagination in overdrive, he’s sure things can’t get any worse. But then another local is murdered—and Zack’s paranoid tendencies get him implicated in the crime. While his wife is trying to remember why she married him in the first place, and his kids are considering whether it’s time to have him committed, Zack decides there’s only one thing he can do. To protect his family—and avoid being busted for a crime he didn’t commit—he’s going to have to override his safety-first instincts, tap into his delusions of machismo, and track down the killer himself.

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Title:Bad MoveFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 1, 2004Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553900420

ISBN - 13:9780553900422

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Summer Reading Enjoyed this book. Fast Read.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read I enjoyed the characters and story. Its light and humourous and a lot of fun. My first Linwood Barclay book, but not my last.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious!!! I love how Barclay's protagonists have a way of highlighting their own flaws. A really fun read
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great, easy, believable summer rea Laughed out loud and could see this actually happening to a well meaning, concerned family man!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it! I thought the book was quite clever and the hero(?) had me laughing throughout. The character development was good and the plot was very entertaining. I would definitely recommend this one!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Need to Smile? This is one of the best books I have read in the mystery genre. It contains a bit of humor and a good plot. For those who live in the city or the suburbs Barcaly gives a great insight to human nature. A great, fast read!
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasantly surprised! For me, there's always been this stigma of "boring" in books that the setting is located in Canada. I was pleasantly surprised with this book, however. Wasn't sure how this plot could really work, but Linwood Barclay manage to make it work very well. Funny (but slightly crude) characters, well written storyline, and the plot more than adequately set up. Antics galore with the protagonist -- love 'em, or annoyed by him, Zach makes an impression. Looking forward to reading Barclay's next installment.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny enough... to kill Overall, I would say that I have never read a mystery/thriller that gave me cramps... from laughter but this book did. Most of the time, I was left crying from the antics of Mr Barclay's anti-hero. This book and its successor (Bad guys) is well worth the time. This is what I call a great escape from everyday life.
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