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Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for the Toronto Star. He is the #1 internationally bestselling author of many 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.

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In Barclay's new thriller, Tim Blake, a car salesman in a Honda dealership in Milford, Conn., has more troubles than a Yugo up for its inspection sticker: his wife has left him to shack up with a car dealer rival; he has a devil-wears-Prada-style boss; and, worst, his teenage daughter, Sydney, has disappeared from her summer job at the Just Inn Time hotel. Barclay does a decent job of depicting the fright, fantasies and rage of a parent whose child faces prolonged and uncertain danger, but the narrator exists chiefly as a sketch or plot device rather than a complex, compelling individual. The author explores a timely social issue, human trafficking, but the villains behind it are even less defined than the narrator. Still, Barclay (Bad Move) earns a solid A for his page-turning plot. In short, this is a functional stripped-down Civic of a book that gets you there. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Readers will find themselves desperate to finish just one more page before putting the book down . . . a page-turning thriller that's intense, compelling, and for the most part, expertly paced." - Kirkus

"Barclay earns a solid A for his page-turning plot."--Publishers Weekly "Barclay's pacing is impeccable...an uncomfortably plausible tale ... a page-turner that keeps the reader guessing until the end."--Denver Post "Gripping...Unfold[s] with mounting tension and suspense...believable and scary for being rooted in human-sized characters and laced with saving humor." -Wall Street Journal

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