Thursday, April 8

Bad Guys – Linwood Barclay

After the disaster that ensued when he tried to protect his family by moving them out of the dangers of urban life, SF writer Zack Walker and his family are back in the city, not far from where they used to live. Zack’s been taken on by the city paper, which leads him to what may be a homicide, and before he knows it life has started to become perilous again.
I really like Barclay’s voice – he’s able to create domestic scenes that strongly resonate, then introduce external threats with insidious ease, resulting in breathless, well written rides that are extraordinary but read as believable. We first met Zack Walker in Bad Move, and I think reprising him was a good idea – he’s such a real character. That said, you could quite easily read Bad Guys without having read its predecessor. – Alex

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