Parting Shot by Linwood BarclayParting Shot by Linwood Barclay

Parting Shot

byLinwood Barclay

Paperback | October 31, 2017

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From New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes a new, standalone blockbuster thriller that spins off from the events of the explosive Promise Falls trilogy.

If you made a mistake that took someone's life, you'd remember it . . . wouldn't you?

     After a tragedy rocks the community of Promise Falls, Cal Weaver is asked to investigate the threats being made to the accused's family. He's heard all about it on the news: the young man who drank too much, stole a Porsche and killed a girl, and who claimed afterwards not to remember a single thing. The whole town is outraged that he got off lightly, but for reasons Cal can't explain, he accepts the job. Then Cal finds himself caught up in a vicious revenge plot, chasing someone set on delivering retribution. In Cal's experience, it's only ever a matter of time before threats turn into action. . . .
     A gripping thriller packed with scandal, from the master of the twist you never saw coming.
LINWOOD BARCLAY is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of fourteen critically acclaimed novels, including Broken Promise and Trust Your Eyes, which has been optioned for film. The author lives in Oakville, ON.
Title:Parting ShotFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:October 31, 2017Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385687168

ISBN - 13:9780385687164

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Parting Shot I loved the plot and the characters. The ending was unexpected.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! Started this book late yesterday and finished today! Linwood Barclay is one of those authors you just pick up without reading what it is about because you know it will be a great book. This one did not disappoint at all. It grabbed me from the first page and kept me reading. Only Linwood can write about someone so evil on one page and someone so misunderstood on the next! Poor Promise Falls so much has happened to this poor town and its citizens.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just starting ready...I LOVE IT! This is the first time for me reading a Linwood Barclay book and I'm loving his style of writing. I'm only on chapter 9 so far but I am loving the story. Lots of suspense so far! Definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, crime, and detective books!
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story Enjoyed this book. Was pretty easy to figure things out, however it had a great story line. Very well written, but then I am a fan of Linwood Barclay. Another book about Promise Falls, you can't go wrong. #indigoemployee
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Loved the plot the entire time
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Promise Falls best yet Cal Weaver and Det. Barry Duckworth return in the next in the Promise Falls series. Both are excellent characters. Twists and twisted characters, Barclay style, made this an adventure. I didn't want to put this one down! A great read, though I do suggest you start the Promise Series at the beginning to get the most out of this one. A Canadian author adds to the good reasons to buy this book!
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Parting Shot Great book. It kept me on my toes from beginning to end; I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good very interesting, good stuff!
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More from Promise Falls Did you wish there was more when you turned the last page of Linwood Barclay Promise Falls Trilogy? Well, good news! There is! Parting Shot releases today. It's a stand alone, but features two of the players from that trilogy - Cal Weaver and my favourite - Detective Barry Duckworth. It's roughly a year after the events that concluded the trilogy. But it seems that horrific crimes are a staple in Promise Falls. Jeremy, a young man, tagged by the press as Big Baby, successfully avoided jail time after killing a young woman while drunk driving. He may have been cleared by the courts, but social justice vigilantes are determined to give him no peace. Cal, a private investigator, is brought in to act as a bodyguard for Jeremy. Barry seems to have his own vigilante issues. A young man disappears for two days, only to reappear with a crudely tattooed message on his back. Barclay employs a wide and varied cast of characters in Parting Shot. Each of them has their own drama and subplot in addition to their role in the bigger picture. The quick, snappy dialogue, rapid plot developments, fast forward action will keep the reader turning pages. Barclay inserts a wry, darkly humourous undertone to many of the character's actions and dialogue. At times, you wonder if the criminals could really be that incompetent and the other players that foolish. The plot does need to be read with a few grains of salt - but it does make for an entertaining read! Barclay throws in numerous twist and turns, especially in the final run up to the ending. And that last page caught me off guard. Truthfully, I didn't like that last turn of events and found it rather harsh note to end on. Is Barclay done with Promise Falls? Only time will tell. I'd love to see more of Barry and Cal.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such a wonderful addition to any book collection. So beautifully written and inspiring!
Date published: 2017-10-20

Editorial Reviews

National BestsellerInternational BestsellerFinalist for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award "A tough-minded crime novel about the dangers of vigilantism. . . . Real crimes, unspeakably nasty ones, including murder, figure in this well-built novel." —The New York Times Book Review"Fans know to expect a twist from Linwood Barclay and they get more than one here. Those of us hooked on [Promise Falls] can hope that trilogy or no, Cal and the town make another appearance at some point." —The Globe and Mail"Billed as a stand-alone spinoff of Barclay's Promise Falls trilogy, the new book has a stripped-down, tautly focused quality. . . . Barclay's latest small-town thriller is one of his best." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Outstanding. . . . Barclay adroitly blends themes of internet vitriol and simmering societal rage with a taut plot full of sly hints, unexpected twists and red herrings." —Publishers Weekly, starred review"Parting Shot [is] one of the best entries in Barclay's Promise Falls series." —Chicago Tribune"Barclay knows how to keep readers turning the page, and this stand-alone novel set in the same town with the same characters after the events of his Promise Falls trilogy will have fans excited. . . . While the community might not be the ideal place to live, the stories there do provide wonderful reading entertainment." —Associated Press"Cal Weaver, the PI, and Barry Duckworth, the police detective . . . put in clever and resourceful performances in the familiar style of a page-turner Barclay book." —Toronto Star"Barclay's plots are a delight, and his small town never fails to deliver a series of shocks" —The Sunday Times"The two characters' stories alternate chapters to good effect, doubling this twist-filled book's suspense." —The Wall Street Journal "The real virtues of Barclay's best-selling fiction lie in his characters, not just his plots. Families are as muddled and complicated in his novels as they are in life, generally bolstered by variations of loyalty and love as well as, sometimes, terrible forms of betrayal." —The London Free Press "This is a worthy standalone follow-up novel. It brings back many of the residents of all three novels. . . . Parting Shot ends with a cleverly conceived final scene that is a head-spinning conclusion to this rattling good spinoff." —The StrandPraise for Linwood Barclay: • "Where has Linwood Barclay been all my life?" —Stephen King • "No one can thrill you and chill you better than Linwood Barclay." —Tess Gerritsen • "Canada's current thriller king." —National Post • "If you haven't discovered him yet, it's time you did." —The Globe and Mail • "Linwood Barclay has become the master of the page-turner thriller." —Irish Independent