A Tap on the Window

A Tap on the Window

Book - 2013
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Penguin Putnam
One of the Boston Globe's Best Crime Novels of the Year!
One of Suspense Magazine's Best Books of 2013!


Since private investigator Cal Weaver’s teenage son died in a tragic accident, Cal and his wife have drifted apart. Cal is mired in a grief he can’t move past. And maybe his grief has clouded his judgment.

Driving home one night, a rain-drenched girl taps on his car window and asks for a ride. He knows a grown man picking up a teenage hitchhiker is foolish—but he lets her in. Cal soon senses that something’s not right with the girl or the situation. But it’s too late. He’s already involved.

Drawn into a nightmare of secrets, lies, and cover-ups in his small, upstate New York town, Cal knows that the only thing that can save him is the truth. And he’s about to expose the town’s secrets one by one—if he lives long enough.

 

Random House, Inc.
One of the Boston Globe's Best Crime Novels of the Year!
One of Suspense Magazine's Best Books of 2013!


Since private investigator Cal Weaver’s teenage son died in a tragic accident, Cal and his wife have drifted apart. Cal is mired in a grief he can’t move past. And maybe his grief has clouded his judgment.

Driving home one night, a rain-drenched girl taps on his car window and asks for a ride. He knows a grown man picking up a teenage hitchhiker is foolish—but he lets her in. Cal soon senses that something’s not right with the girl or the situation. But it’s too late. He’s already involved.

Drawn into a nightmare of secrets, lies, and cover-ups in his small, upstate New York town, Cal knows that the only thing that can save him is the truth. And he’s about to expose the town’s secrets one by one—if he lives long enough.



Baker & Taylor
A grieving father, private investigator Cal Weaver offers a ride to a teenage girl in the hopes of finding information on the drug dealer responsible for his son's death, but discovers a web of secrets and lies in the small upstate New York town of Griffon.

Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2013
ISBN: 9780451414199
9780385669597
9781400026296
Branch Call Number: FIC BAR
Characteristics: 500 p. ;,24 cm.

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jachayden
Aug 28, 2018

Main character thinks he far, far cooler and more mysterious and suave than he actually is. Let's be clear, he spies on the very simple people around his very simple small town for unsteady money because he was unable to stay employed through standard avenues. He is a pesky guy around town who thinks he's doing his own wife a favour by being an emotionally and usually physically absent husband who can barely stand to have a civil conversation with her. Book was far too wordy, story could have been over in done with in 300 pages and the text up over 500. Most of the characters are morally sketchy and there's no one in particular who deserves to be rooted for. Not enjoyable to read. Completed August 2018.

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ALB126
Jul 17, 2018

Great read. Solid plot with believable characters.

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sandra80
Jun 06, 2017

I like this series and the author. Like his stand alone books even more. Great Canandian author!

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LadyJaneBrais
Jun 05, 2017

I rarely score a book with five stars. This was an outstanding novel, the fourth one I have read by this author. He creates characters that are real people, and places them in situations that boggle the mind. There isn't always a romance or a happy ending, yet his books are extremely satisfying and thought-provoking. And, Mr. Barclay is a Canadian author!

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McAnnieG
Apr 27, 2016

Cal Weaver is a son-less father and his obsession on looking for the source of the drugs that led to his son's death is destroying his life. His wife Donna is hurting and their marriage is damaged. Giving a ride to a teenage girl one rainy night lands Cal in the midst of police investigations for 2 missing girls. Sad story, well written. Linwood Barclay novels are usually intense in some manner.

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bigfeet
Feb 11, 2015

You can count on this author for a good thriller and this was no disappointment.

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reader10000
Sep 11, 2014

Not his best. Definite decline from his initial books. Very lazy in character development

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slarsen
Aug 30, 2014

I really liked this story and I liked his style of writing. I will get more of his books. I love finding a new author!

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whyilikered
Aug 20, 2014

Once every decade, one should read a "low brow" novel. Thankfully I will not have to read another until 2024! Next time, I will just read the beginning and the end to find out "whodunit." Spoiler Alert: As expected the true villan is a minor character who cheats on his wife, not the masS murderer.

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Jul 18, 2014

a couple too many twists on the ending, but good

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oneal_yako
Aug 05, 2013

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