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Front cover of the book 'Parting Shot'.

Linwood Barclay
Parting Shot

Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Orion
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1409163938
ISBN-13: 978-1409163930

20 April, 2017

Linwood Barclay is the epitome of the master storyteller. With Parting Shot, his spin off to the tragic events that befell the town of Promise Falls across three previous novels, not only has the Trust Your Eyes author further underlined this fact, but he’s also gone further by arguably nailing the title to being theconsummate storyteller in crime fiction today.

When a young girl from Promise Falls is killed by a drunk driver, the community wants answers. It doesn't matter that the accused is a kid himself: all they see is that he took a life and got an easy sentence. As pack mentality kicks in and social media outrage builds, vicious threats are made against the boy and his family.

When Cal Weaver is called in to investigate, he finds himself caught up in a cold-blooded revenge plot. Someone in the town is threatening to put right some wrongs...And in Cal's experience, it's only ever a matter of time before threats turn into action.

Parting Shot is more than a run-of-the-mill crime fiction page turner. It is a cerebral challenge; a commentary on how we live our lives today through the thirst for 24/7 updates on everything from nuclear missiles being tested to what the cat had for dinner; a testament to how we judge and analyse that which we are fed and act upon it for good or ill; an indictment of modernity and its failings and its addictions.

What it truly, truly is, though, is a masterpiece in suspense filled writing that’s guaranteed to have you three, four, five times guessing then finally realising even guess six is as wrong as those others preceding it. To say this twists and shouts is like saying The Beatles merely holler a bit, it really is that deliciously unpredictable.
The tension Barclay creates is damn near sweaty brow inducing, whereas his characterisations, sense of place and dialogue provide the zip and zeal that makes everything flash past in a blur, whilst still managing to maintain a steadfastly crystallised clarity.

As a result, Parting Shot is not a book to simply read. It is rather a one to devour and digest; a volume to savour like vintage port and aged stilton; a tale that is quite simply a joy to experience.




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