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The Accident
תמונה של  The Accident
The Accident
A Thriller
מאת Linwood Barclay
קח בהשאלה קח בהשאלה

"If you like Harlan Coben, you'll love Linwood Barclay." —Peter Robinson, author of Bad Boy

Glen Garber, a contractor, has seen his business shaken by the housing crisis, and now his wife, Sheila, is taking a business course at night to increase her chances of landing a good-paying job. But she should have been home by now. With their eight-yearold daughter sleeping soundly, Glen soon finds his worst fears confirmed: Sheila and two others have been killed in a car accident. Grieving and in denial, Glen resolves to investigate the accident himself—and begins to uncover layers of lawlessness beneath the placid surface of their Connecticut suburb, secret after dangerous secret behind the closed doors. Propelled into a vortex of corruption and illegal activity, pursued by mysterious killers, and confronted by threats from neighbors he thought he knew, Glen must take his own desperate measures and go to terrifying new places in himself to avenge his wife and protect his child.

"The writing is crisp; the twists are jolting and completely unexpected."—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
"Fast-paced and with an irresistible blend of suspense and tension."—Tucson Citizen

"If you like Harlan Coben, you'll love Linwood Barclay." —Peter Robinson, author of Bad Boy

Glen Garber, a contractor, has seen his business shaken by the housing crisis, and now his wife, Sheila, is taking a business course at night to increase her chances of landing a good-paying job. But she should have been home by now. With their eight-yearold daughter sleeping soundly, Glen soon finds his worst fears confirmed: Sheila and two others have been killed in a car accident. Grieving and in denial, Glen resolves to investigate the accident himself—and begins to uncover layers of lawlessness beneath the placid surface of their Connecticut suburb, secret after dangerous secret behind the closed doors. Propelled into a vortex of corruption and illegal activity, pursued by mysterious killers, and confronted by threats from neighbors he thought he knew, Glen must take his own desperate measures and go to terrifying new places in himself to avenge his wife and protect his child.

"The writing is crisp; the twists are jolting and completely unexpected."—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
"Fast-paced and with an irresistible blend of suspense and tension."—Tucson Citizen

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  • Chapter One ONE

    If I'd known this was our last morning, I'd have rolled over in bed and held her. But of course, if it had been possible to know something like that—if I could have somehow seen into the future—I wouldn't have let go. And then things would have been different.



    I'd been staring at the ceiling for a while when I finally threw back the covers and planted my feet on the hardwood floor.

    "How'd you sleep?" Sheila asked as I rubbed my eyes. She reached out and touched my back.

    "Not so good. You?"

    "Off and on."

    "I sensed you were awake, but I didn't want to bug you, on the off chance you were sleeping," I said, glancing over my shoulder. The sun's first rays of the day filtered through the drapes and played across my wife's face as she lay in bed, looking at me. This wasn't a time of day when people looked their best, but there was something about Sheila. She was always beautiful. Even when she looked worried, which was how she looked now.

    I turned back around, looked down at my bare feet. "I couldn't get to sleep for the longest time, then I think I finally nodded off around two, but then I looked at the clock and it was five. Been awake since then."

    "Glen, it's going to be okay," Sheila said. She moved her hand across my back, soothing me.

    "Yeah, well, I'm glad you think so."

    "Things'll pick up. Everything goes in cycles. Recessions don't last forever."

    I sighed. "This one sure seems to. After these jobs I'm doing now, we got nothin' lined up. Some nibbles, did a couple of estimates last week—one for a kitchen, one to finish off a basement—but they haven't called back."

    I stood up, turned and said, "What's your excuse for staring at the ceiling all night?"

    "Worried about you. And . . . I've got things on my mind, too."

    "What?"

    "Nothing," she said quickly. "I mean, just the usual. This course I'm taking, Kelly, your work."

    "What's wrong with Kelly?"

    "Nothing's wrong with her. I'm a mother. She's eight. I worry. It's what I do. When I've done the course, I can help you more. That'll make a difference."

    "When you made the decision to take it, we had the business to justify it. Now, I don't know if I'll even have any work for you to do," I said. "I just hope I have enough to keep Sally busy."

    Sheila'd started her business accounting course mid-August, and two months in was enjoying it more than she'd expected. The plan was for Sheila to do the day-to-day accounts for Garber Contracting, the company that was once my father's, and which I now ran. She could even do it from home, which would allow Sally Diehl, our "office girl," to focus more on general office management, returning phone calls, hounding suppliers, fielding customer inquiries. There usually wasn't time for Sally to do the accounting, which meant I was bringing it home at night, sitting at my desk until midnight. But with work drying up, I didn't know how this was all going to shake down.

    "And now, with the fire—"

    "Enough," Sheila said.

    "Sheila, one of my goddamn houses burned down. Please don't tell me everything's going to be fine."

    She sat up in bed and crossed her arms across her breasts. "I'm not going to let you get all negative on me. This is what you do."

    "I'm just telling you how it is."

    "And I'm going to tell you how it will be," she said. "We will be okay. Because this is what we do. You and I. We get through things. We find a way." She looked away for a moment, like there was something she wanted to say but wasn't sure how to say it. Finally, she said, "I have ideas."

    "What...
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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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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 4, 2011
    Barclay (Never Look Away) examines the consequences of ordinary citizens making criminal decisions in the wake of the recession in this believable thriller that skillfully alternates between high-octane action and a slower sense of unease. Milford, Conn., contractor Glen Garber has a lot to deal with in the wake of his wife Sheila's death in a car accident that claimed two other lives: potential lawsuits over the accident, a fire in one of his houses, his eight-year-old daughter Kelly's difficulties at school, his mother-in-law's disapproval, and abiding anger and confusion over the accident's circumstances. In addition, some of Sheila's friends make inappropriate queries into the whereabouts of her purse during the accident, and while playing a hide-and-seek game at a friend's home, Kelly overhears a disturbing conversation that triggers a series of deadly confrontations. The sorry events in Milford are a great argument for people feeling the pinch in their pocketbooks to avoid illicit trafficking in knock-off drugs, purses, and construction materials.

  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2011

    Barclay's latest novel follows his staple formula of taking an ordinary guy and catching him up in something that turns out to be much bigger than it first appears.

    In this case the ordinary guy is Glen Garber, whose wife, Sheila, is involved in a terrible car accident that kick-starts a series of bizarre events. The accident happened on a night when Sheila was supposed to be taking notes in a college class in a nearby town; instead she ended up dead, along with two others. The police tell Glen that Sheila was drunk and parked on a freeway access ramp when the other car hit her vehicle. Glen and his 8-year-old daughter, Kelly, take the news of her death predictably hard, but even harder for Glen is the idea that his wife, who was a social drinker at best, could have been so drunk. He also has other problems to compound his grief: His contracting business, already struggling in the economic downturn, is barely making its payroll, and Glen's worried about a house fire in a place he had under construction. As he puzzles through his emotions and confusion, a frantic Kelly calls him, asking him to pick her up from a sleepover at her best friend's house. While playing a game with her friend, Kelly has taped the girl's mom having a private conversation on her cell phone. Although the conversation means nothing to Glen at the time, the call becomes more significant when the woman turns up dead. Soon, bodies and crimes begin piling up like recently harvested timber, and Glen realizes not all is right in his world. The Canadian-based journalist twists and turns the plot with believability and spices it with plenty of suspects and suspense. In some places, his homework does seem a bit lacking, but the book remains consistently interesting and ready to please thriller fans with both its action and pacing.

     Barclay has turned in a home run with plenty of edge-of-the-seat moments.

     

     

    (COPYRIGHT (2011) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

  • Peter Robinson, author of Bad Boy PRAISE FOR LINWOOD BARCLAY

    "If you like Harlan Coben, you'll love Linwood Barclay."
  • Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly "The writing is crisp; the twists are jolting and completely unexpected."
  • Tucson Citizen "Fast-paced and with an irresistible blend of suspense and tension."
  • The Wall Street Journal "Gripping . . . unfolds with mounting tension and suspense."
  • Steve Berry, author of The Jefferson Key "Fear the Worst holds the reader in a tight grip, as good and evil match wits and wiles. Barclay pushes the envelope of suspense to the edge and beyond."
  • The Washington Post Too Close to Home

    "A terrifically fast-paced suspense story."
  • The Wall Street Journal "Affecting and effective."
  • Michael Connelly No Time for Goodbye

    "You won't get up until you've turned the last page."
  • USA Today "[An] anxiety-inducing thriller."
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