Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay

This is a complete list of Linwood Barclay books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series or category.

Recent/Upcoming Linwood Barclay Books

May 7th, 2024: I Will Ruin You

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List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7
Too Close to Home
2008
2
7.6
Fear the Worst
2009
3
8.8
Never Look Away
2010
4
9
Trust Your Eyes
2011
5
8.6
The Accident
2011
6
8.7
A Tap on the Window
2013
7
7.4
A Noise Downstairs
2018
8
7.8
Elevator Pitch
2019
9
8.2
Find You First
2021
10
8.7
Take Your Breath Away
2022
11
7.4
Look Both Ways
2022
12
8.9
The Lie Maker
2023
13
7
I Will Ruin You
2024

List of Promise Falls Books in Publication Order

List of No Time For Goodbye Books in Publication Order

List of Zack Walker Books in Publication Order

List of Keisha Ceylon Books in Publication Order

List of Chase Books in Publication Order

List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Linwood Barclay Anthologies in Publication Order

Linwood Barclay: Biography

Linwood Barclay was born on March 22nd, 1955 and is currently 69 years old. Linwood Barclay was born in Darien, Connecticut, USA. Barclay attended Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario where he received a B.A. English Literature.

Linwood Barclay is probably best known for his Standalone Novels. There are currently 13 novels available. The first standalone was released in 2008 with the novel Too Close to Home. The most recently released novel was The Lie Maker which was released in 2023.

Linwood Barclay has also written the Non-Fiction Books series which has 5 books including Father Knows Zilch: A Guide for Dumbfounded Dads and Mike Harris Made Me Eat My Dog.

Prior to becoming a full time novelist, Linwood Barclay worked for first the Peterborough Examiner, then the Toronto Star newspaper. Linwood started writing a humour column for the Toronto Star. Linwood initially planned to take a year off to promote No Time for Goodbye, but it ended up being such a success that he left the newspaper to focus full time as an author.

The author Stephen King is a big fan of Linwood's work, and wrote the cover blurb for Find You First.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Linwood Barclay stated that if he could take only one book to a desert island, it would be Fierce Pajamas, which is an anthology of humour writing taken from The New Yorker.

Linwood Barclay: Awards & Accolades

Barclay's books have won multiple awards, Too Close to Home won the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, Best Crime Novel, in 2009. Chase won the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book, in 2018. Escape won the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book, in 2019.

The following novels by Linwood Barclay were also nominated for these awards:

  • Last Resort : A Memoir: Leacock Awards, Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour (2000).
  • Lone Wolf: Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, Best Crime Novel (2007).
  • Stone Rain / Bad News: Shamus Award, Best P.I. Paperback Original (2008).
  • No Time for Goodbye: Barry Award, Best Thriller (2008). International Thriller Writers Award, Best Novel (2008). Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, Best Crime Novel (2008).
  • Fear the Worst: International Thriller Writers Award, Best Hardcover Novel (2010).
  • The Accident: Barry Award, Best Novel (2012).
  • Trust Your Eyes: Barry Award, Best Novel (2013). Crime Thriller Awards, ITV3 Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read Award (2013). Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, Best Crime Novel (2013).
  • FaceOff: Anthony Award, Best Anthology / Collection (2015).
  • Broken Promise: The Dead Good Reader Award, The Papercut Award for Best Page Turner (2016).
  • Find You First: Crime Writer's Association Award, Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award (2022). Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, Best Crime Novel (2022).
  • Take Your Breath Away: Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, Best Crime Novel (2023). Crime Writer's Association Award, Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award (2023).

Linwood Barclay: TV/Movies Based on Books

The Barry award-nominated novel "The Accident" was converted into a TV series in French. It was titled "L'Accident" and was made up of six episodes.

Never Saw It Coming, the first novel in the Keisha Ceylon series, was released as a 2017 movie. It was directed by Gail Harvey and starred Eric Roberts, Katie Boland and Emily Hampshire.

Linwood Barclay: Author Insights

The highest rated book by Linwood Barclay on Book Notification is Clouded Vision, the 2nd novel in the Keisha Ceylon series.

The most read book by Linwood Barclay on Book Notification is No Time for Goodbye, the 1st novel in the No Time For Goodbye series.

The most common authors followed by users who also follow Linwood Barclay are:

  1. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  2. David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker Series.
  3. Harlan Coben, author of the Myron Bolitar Series.
  4. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher Series.
  5. John Grisham, author of the Jake Brigance Series.

Linwood Barclay: F.A.Q

When was Linwood Barclay Born? How old is Linwood Barclay?

Linwood Barclay was born on March 22nd, 1955. Linwood Barclay is currently 69 years old.

Where was Linwood Barclay Born?

Linwood Barclay was born in Darien, Connecticut, USA and is Canadian.

What book awards has Linwood Barclay won?

Too Close to Home: Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence Best Crime Novel (2009).
Chase: Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (2018).
Escape: Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (2019).

What was the first book Linwood Barclay wrote?

The first novel written by Linwood Barclay was Father Knows Zilch: A Guide for Dumbfounded Dads, published in 1996.

What was the most recent book Linwood Barclay wrote?

His most recently released work was The Lie Maker on May 16th, 2023.

Will there be any more books by Linwood Barclay?

Linwood Barclay has a new book coming out on May 7th, 2024 called I Will Ruin You.

How many books has Linwood Barclay written?

Linwood Barclay has written 35 books. 13 Standalone Novels, 5 books in the Promise Falls Series, 2 books in the No Time For Goodbye Series, 4 books in the Zack Walker Series, 2 books in the Keisha Ceylon Series, 2 books in the Chase Series, 2 Short Stories/Novellas, 5 books in the Non-Fiction Books.

What Order Should I read the Linwood Barclay Books?

While the majority of Linwood books are standalone, they all generally take place within the same universe other than the Zach Walker series. So I would advise reading the No Time for Goodbye series, the Keisha Ceylon series, and the Promise Falls as well as all the standalone novels in publication order.

You won't be missing too much if you read them out of order, but there are some neat callbacks etc. and repeat characters that enhance the stories that much more.

What books are in the promise falls trilogy?

The novels Broken Promise, Far From True and The Twenty-Three are the three original novels in the trilogy. Final Assignment is a short story that takes place in Promise Falls, and then Parting Shot is a standalone novel that is spun off by the events that take place in the trilogy.

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    Austin D.
    Austin D.
    2 years ago

    Linwood Barclay creates an enjoyable, unique, fun, complex story with some likable and unlikable characters.

    He is one of the very best at writing psychological thrillers, and does a great job of keeping the reader in suspense throughout the entire experience, and he crafts some wonderful tales which have an underlying tale. All the while he chills those to the bone that venture to dive deeper.

    Trust Your Eyes, about a schizophrenic savant, is an especially thrilling rollercoaster of a ride that you will not get off of. Its intrigue, thrills, and suspense continue one. The difficult yet touching relationship that Ray and Thomas have is captivating.

    Tobily McSmith
    Tobily McSmith
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    2 years ago

    I read “No Time for Goodbye” in 2007 when it was released. Little did I know that over the next few years that Linwood Barclay would release a list of books that few can rival.

    While I’ve enjoyed just about everything he has written, that first book of his I read will always hold a special place in my heart.

    I won’t spoil it for you here, but “No Time For Goodbye” sees a woman named Cynthia whose whole family disappeared when she was 14. Now, 25 years later someone has returned to finish what was started all those years ago.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    The problem with thrillers today is that most of them rely a little too heavily on twists and turns. You know how The Walking Dead got stale because it kept killing significant characters, and we got desensitized to the deaths? Thrillers are the same way. The twists and turns feel shallow.

    Barclay is the first author I’ve read in several years whose twists and turns have actually dropped my jaw. Initially, I couldn’t figure out what made him so special. But now I think I get it.

    The pacing is Barclay’s strongest weapon. His books feel like movies. I remember leaning forward while reading ‘The Accident,’ as if the book was a television set and I was sitting on the couch, trying to catch every word. It was an incredible experience that few other books have replicated.

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