Bad Move

Bad Move

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
Paranoid writer Zack Walker moves his family from the city to the safety of the suburbs, but when he stumbles across the body of a dead environmentalist in a nearby creek, havoc ensues as he goes in search of the killer.

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Staging a demonstration of his latest worst-case scenario phobia for his family, paranoid writer Zack Walker inadvertently finds himself in possession of a stolen purse and must find a connection between its contents, a dead environmentalist, and real estate thugs--before his wife gets home from work. A first novel.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780553803853
Branch Call Number: MYS Barclay, L 100.1 2004
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 30, 2018

There is a reasonably good story between the covers of this book. All one needs is tolerance to put up with Zack, a self proclaimed a-hole. But, the story would not work if he wasn't. Recommended for those who can tolerate Zack.

Jul 09, 2018

Starts slow but picks up a quarter of the way in and is thoroughly humorous throughout.

Jun 27, 2018

Actually impressed. I got to admit it could of used a bit more on your seat moments. Love the jokes here and there. Over all i enjoy this enough to be putting more of his work on hold!

May 18, 2018

Quite a hilarious story from an author whose more serious work has hooked me from the first book of his that I read. This one is quite different, although very well written as well. It is certainly good for a few chuckles and a lot of belly laughs!

Jun 02, 2017

One of mr. Barclay's best! I laughed til my sides hurt. Dont miss this one.

Oct 14, 2014

The narrator spends an increasing amount of time trying to explain that he is not an a**hole. But he is. He is also a control freak and a manipulative jerk. His wife hates him, his children hate him, and so do I. His is also stupid--despite the fact that he tells us repeatedly how smart he is. At least he admits that his books are worthless trash and he is unbelievably lazy.

To be fair--I only made it to page 172 before I remembered that I am too old and too busy to waste my time on Bad Moves, like reading this book. I couldn't even be bother to skip to the end--where I would hope to find that he has been put in prison for double homicide while his family returns to their old home and finds peace and happiness in his blessed absence.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "Another great read by Linwood. You can really see his style developing. Great twist. Love the humor too."

Donnalee Smith May 12, 2012

Linwood Barclay's first book remains my favourite of his novels. He has received a lot of acclaim for his new sleek thrillers with their generic settings, but I love this first one for being so proudly and unabashedly Canadian. "Oakwood" seems a lot like Oakville, Ontario to me! The best thing is that this book is not only a really good mystery, but it is very funny. It's hard to find a genuinely good mystery that's also hilarious, but this one is. His newer books are very exciting, but have become very serious and grim. This book is hugely entertaining and fun and I highly recommend it.

Susanne E. Robling Jun 06, 2010

Absolutely brilliant. Very very funny and hard to put down.

Sep 10, 2008

the best book i have read in a long time. laugh out loud funny


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