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July 28, 2009

Free Chapters from Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay is a #1 bestselling author in Britain and a major suspense super star throughout Eurpope. It’s about time American readers caught on to the novelist Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Tess Gerritsen, Joseph Finder, Charlaine Harris, and Steve Berry all rave about. And once you start his latest thriller, FEAR THE WORST, you will see why his books are so addictive and worthy of your attention.

Here are the facts:

The players: Tim Blake, a recently divorced father and experienced car salesman, who thought he knew his teenage daughter as well as he could know anyone.

The situation: Tim’s daughter is spending the summer with him and working at a local hotel. One night, she doesn’t return home from work, and as time passes he begins to worry. So he drives to the hotel. The manager tells him that his daughter doesn’t work there; in fact, they’ve never even heard of her. And just like that, the world Tim thought he knew becomes a strange and terrible place.

Opening lines:: “I used to wonder how people did it. You’d watch the news, and there’d be some couple who’d lost a child in a fire. The mother of that girl who went missing in Bermuda and was never found. A father whose son was killed in a bar fight. Once, there was this story about a girl whose class went on a skiing trip, and there was an avalanche and she was buried under several feet of snow and the rescue workers couldn’t find her. And there were the parents, weeping, holding out hope their daughter was still alive, and you knew there was simply no way.”

What others have said: “What a story! 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, offering a revealing peek into the human psyche, exploring every parent’s worst fear. This is imaginative and scintillating, and you’ll enjoy every page.”
—Steve Berry

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