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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (April 26 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553587048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553587043
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 10.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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for years, I envied my friend Jeff Conklin, who, at the age of eleven, found a dead guy. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on June 6 2004
Format: Hardcover
Linwood Barclay is well known to Canadian readers by virtue of his Toronto Star newspaper column, as well as a number of nonfiction books he has published. BAD MOVE is his first work of fiction. It is a quirky yet appealing work with which a number of readers will identify, undoubtedly making Barclay a well-known commodity on this side of the border as well.
BAD MOVE defies easy categorization, and bless Barclay for that. It is a mystery, yes, but there is a vein of humor that runs wide and deep through it. I was put in the mind of Donald Westlake in more than a couple of spots, although Barclay seems to have wanted to write a gently cautionary tale as well; if he did, he has succeeded.
The Walker family is living in the big city and finds that their comfortable neighborhood is falling, falling down before their eyes. Drug dealers plying their trade, punks on the street corners, hookers on the streets ... things are simply not as they were.
Zack Walker, husband and father to his ungrateful and unappreciative family, is a science fiction writer of some minor renown who seems to spend more time off of the keyboard than on it. Walker is a bit of a safety and security freak, in a family of devil-may cares. He has some insight into his extremes. I was somewhat unsettled to discover him playing tricks on his family to make them observe some basic security rules (locking the door, keeping objects off of the stairs) that I have done with my own family.
Walker, fed up with the deterioration of his neighborhood, gets the idea to move to the suburbs. His wife is initially against it, but after a trip to Valley Forest Estates in the town of Oakwood she is eventually won over (the item that tips her over favoring the move had me howling and is all too true). The Walkers pack up and move.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara R McNamara on March 29 2013
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Linwood Barclay has written a number of Zach Walker mysteries. Bad Move combines mystery and a touch of comedy and is not as intense as some of his later books. It was an easy read and I enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner on June 1 2004
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The Walker family used to live downtown. However, when used condoms and needles were found on the street and a five year old girl was killed and cut up and put in the refrigerator, Zack decided it was time to move to the suburbs, where his family would be safe. Zack obsesses over his family's safety and he goes to extraordinary lengths to teach his loved one how to remain out of harm's way, which usually ends up making them furious at him.
One day when Zack and his wife are at the supermarket, he notices his spouse left her purse in the cart. To teach her a lesson he takes the bag and puts it in the trunk of the car so she will think it is stolen. When his wife comes back to the car, he realizes she is wearing a fanny pack and he stole someone else's purse. By the time he tracks the owner down, he finds her murdered in her home and realizes he has stumbled into a dangerous situation that puts him and his family in harm's way.
BAD MOVE is one of the most exciting crime thrillers of the year as the troubles the protagonist finds himself in borders on the slapstick. His obsessive need for safety lands him in trouble with businessmen, politicians and a cold blooded killer who wants nothing more than to murder the hero and read his latest science fiction manuscript. Making all the right moves, Linwood Barclay has a refreshingly original voice that this reviewer believes will turn him into a superstar in the crime thriller sub-genre.
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super super super / Linwood Barclay in my opinion is the best / read them all now / waiting for 2014 issue
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I just finished reading this book. I read all of Linwood Barclay's newer books. I then started to read some of his older books. Newer or older they were all Amazing!
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I recently discovered this author and wanted to try this book since this was the start of a series with the same character. From what I gather, this was one of the first books that Barclay wrote.

For me, the book can be broken up into two parts, the first 8-9 chapters before the body was found and the rest of the book. Given that this is the first of a series, Barclay uses the first 8-9 chapters to establish the characters, their stories, and the their relationships with each other. While this is needed, I found this part to be slow and I actually wondered if I would finish the book. I would give this part 2.5/5.

The rest of the book is where the author's talents shine through. When he navigates our hero through the twists and turns of this mystery, you want an excuse not to do anything else so you can just read this book. Zack's tendencies and fears blended well with the main mystery. I gave this part 4.5/5.

If you decide to read the Zack Walker stories, I would recommend reading them in order starting with this one.
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