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Linwood Barclay was born in the United States, but moved to Canada just before turning four years old. He received a B.A. in English from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. He worked for the Peterborough Examiner before joining the Toronto Star in 1981. He held such positions as assistant city editor, chief copy editor, news editor, and Life section editor, before becoming the paper's humor columnist in 1993. On June 28, 2008, he wrote his last column announcing his retirement from the Star. He is the author of both fiction and non-fiction works including Last Resort; Bad Move; Bad Guys; Lone Wolf; Stone Rain; No Time for Goodbye; Too Close to Home; Fear the Worst; and Never Look Away. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from No Time for Goodbye… (more)
No Time for Goodbye 2,196 copies, 115 reviews
Too Close to Home 1,094 copies, 58 reviews
Fear the Worst 1,038 copies, 92 reviews
Never Look Away 999 copies, 88 reviews
The Accident 737 copies, 55 reviews
Trust Your Eyes 697 copies, 60 reviews
A Tap on the Window 545 copies, 40 reviews
A Noise Downstairs 476 copies, 57 reviews
Broken Promise 468 copies, 52 reviews
Elevator Pitch 418 copies, 31 reviews
Bad Move 364 copies, 13 reviews
No Safe House 362 copies, 22 reviews
Far From True 357 copies, 37 reviews
The Twenty-Three 295 copies, 21 reviews
Find You First 281 copies, 13 reviews
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At the age of 22, Linwood left the resort and got his first newspaper job, at the Peterborough Examiner.
In 1981, he joined the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation newspaper. For twelve years he held a variety of editing positions, then became the paper’s humour columnist in 1993. A few thousand columns later, he retired from the paper in 2008 to write books full-time.

After writing four comic thrillers featuring the character Zack Walker, Linwood turned to darker, standalone novels, starting with No Time for Goodbye, which became an international hit. The novel has been translated into nearly forty languages, was the single bestselling novel in the UK in 2008, and has been optioned for film by Eric McCormack. Since then, all of Linwood’s novels have appeared on bestseller lists, and more his books have been optioned.

Linwood studied English Literature at Trent University. He was fortunate to have some very fine mentors; in particular, the celebrated Canadian author Margaret Laurence, whom Linwood first met while she was served as writer-in-residence at Trent, and Kenneth Millar, who, under the name Ross Macdonald, wrote the acclaimed series of mystery novels featuring the private eye Lew Archer.

It was at Trent where he met his wife Neetha. They have been married more than thirty years, and have two children, Spencer and Paige.
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