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By Linwood Barclay

One of the Boston Globe's top Crime Novels of the Year!
One of Suspense Magazine's top Books of 2013!

Since inner most investigator Cal Weaver’s teenage son died in a sad coincidence, Cal and his spouse have drifted aside. Cal is mired in a grief he can’t circulation prior. and perhaps his grief has clouded his judgment.

Driving domestic one evening, a rain-drenched lady faucets on his automobile window and asks for a trip. He understands a grown guy making a choice on up a teenage hitchhiker is foolish—but he shall we her in. Cal quickly senses that something’s now not correct with the woman or the placement. yet it’s too overdue. He’s already involved.

Drawn right into a nightmare of secrets and techniques, lies, and cover-ups in his small, upstate manhattan city, Cal is aware that the single factor which can retailer him is the reality. And he’s approximately to show the town’s secrets and techniques one by means of one—if he lives lengthy enough.

 

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Turning again onto Danbury, flicker on, expecting a holiday within the site visitors. It wasn’t attainable to inform, with these tinted home windows, even if a person used to be within the automobile along with the driving force. The truck discovered a gap and took off south, towards Niagara Falls, the engine roaring, again tires spinning on rainy pavement. may possibly this were the truck Claire’d been relating while I allowed her to leap in at Patchett’s? If it used to be, had we been undefined? was once the motive force the guy within the leather-based jacket? Had he grabbed Claire and brought her with him? Or had she determined he was once much less threatening than she’d initially proposal, and now was once going to desire him with the chance to force her domestic? Goddamn it. My center pounded. I’d misplaced Claire. I hadn’t sought after her within the first position, yet i used to be panicked now that I didn’t be aware of the place she used to be. My brain raced whereas I labored out a plan. keep on with the truck? name the police? put out of your mind the full rattling factor ever occurred? stick with the truck. Yeah, that appeared the main logical factor. trap as much as it, arise along, see if i'll capture a glimpse of the lady, ascertain she was once— There she used to be. Sitting in my vehicle. within the passenger seat, shoulder strap already in position. Blond hair placing over her eyes. looking ahead to me. I took a number of breaths, walked over, bought in, slammed the door. “Where the hell have been you? ” I requested as I dropped into the seat, the internal lighting fixtures on for 3 seconds tops. “You have been in there goodbye i used to be beginning to fear. ” She stared out the passenger window, her physique leaning clear of me. “Came out the part door i assume for those who have been getting in. ” nearly muttering, her voice rougher than sooner than. Throwing up should have taken a toll on her throat. “You gave me a hell of a start,” I stated. yet there didn’t appear a lot aspect in reprimanding her. She wasn’t my child, and in a couple of minutes she’d be domestic. I subsidized the automobile out, then persevered heading south on Danbury. She saved leaning up opposed to her door, like she used to be attempting to remain as distant from me as attainable. If she used to be cautious of me now, why hadn’t she been sooner than she’d long gone into Iggy’s? I couldn’t examine whatever I’d performed to make her frightened. used to be it simply because I’d run into the eating place searching for her? Had I crossed a few form of line? there has been whatever else niggling at me, whatever except what i'd have performed. It was once whatever I’d obvious, whilst the sunshine got here on contained in the vehicle for these 5 seconds whereas my door used to be open. issues that have been merely now registering. First, her outfits. They have been dry. Her denims weren’t darkened with dampness. It wasn’t like i'll achieve over now and contact her knee to work out no matter if it used to be rainy, yet i used to be lovely convinced. She couldn’t have stripped down within the rest room and held her denims as much as the hot-air hand dryer, may she? i'll slightly get these issues to blow the water off my palms. without doubt they couldn’t dry out denim. yet there has been extra. extra disconcerting than the dry outfits. possibly what I’d suggestion I’d noticeable I hadn’t noticeable in any respect. in spite of everything, the sunshine used to be on for under these few seconds.

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