CDN$ 10.88
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
Bad Move has been added to your Cart

Ship to:
To see addresses, please
Or
Please enter a valid postal code.
Or
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Bad Move Mass Market Paperback – Apr 26 2005

4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
CDN$ 5.71
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
CDN$ 10.88
CDN$ 1.06 CDN$ 0.01

The Lying Game

click to open popover

Frequently bought together

  • Bad Move
  • +
  • Bad Guys
  • +
  • Lone Wolf
Total price: CDN$ 32.64
Buy the selected items together

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Oprah's Book Club
Newest pick
"Behold the Dreamers" is an unforgettable debut novel about a family's struggle to make a new life in America from author Imbolo Mbue. Learn more

Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (April 26 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553587048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553587043
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

From Amazon

Zack Walker is a man with too much time on his hands. To avoid the deadline for his next science fiction novel, he wanders around his seemingly tranquil suburban neighbourhood, the calm setting safety-obsessed Zack pictured when he moved his family out of the crime-ridden inner city. This placid portrait is rudely interrupted, though, when he stumbles across the body of an apparent murder victim, and when he starts to indulge in some amateur sleuthing, Zack gets to know his neighbors a little better, including an S&M dominatrix and a professional pot grower, whose help he has to enlist once his snooping puts his family in danger.

Bad Move is the first thriller from veteran Toronto Star humour columnist Linwood Barclay, and it is a highly entertaining debut. Many of Barclay's columns revolve around the foibles of family life in the suburbs, and he brings this sensibility to work here, with very funny results. Whereas the heroes of crime fiction are all too often a cynical male loner or a single woman balancing her love life and crime fighting, Barclay's protagonist is a happily married suburban husband and father. Barclay clearly reads the other pages of his newspaper, as Toronto-based readers can easily identify situations and characters torn from real headlines, including greedy real estate developers clashing with environmentalists, bawdy houses, and suburban marijuana growing operations. Yes, there are occasionally flaws in the credibility of the unfolding events, and plot twists are sometimes just a mite predictable, but Bad Move has to be judged a very readable effort. Let's hope for more of Walker's suburban sleuthing. --Kerry Doole

From Publishers Weekly

Riotously funny and irreverent, Canadian journalist Barclay's mystery debut is a rollicking good read. When Zack Walker, a sometimes cranky and always paranoid science fiction writer, moves with his family from the city to Valley Forest Estates, he soon finds that life in the suburbs can be dangerous, even deadly. Envious of a childhood friend who once found a drowning victim, Zack gets his wish and stumbles across the body of Samuel Spender, a zealous conservationist who'd been trying to prevent the final phase of Valley Forest's construction around the habitat of a rare salamander. In his campaign, Spender made several enemies, including the subdivision's sales manager, Don Greenway. Zack, who witnessed a heated argument between Spender and Greenway the day the conservationist died, is soon neck-deep in trouble when he finds a second body, a cache of cash and a canister of undeveloped film. Murder, blackmail and extortion are just the tip of the iceberg, as Zack realizes some very nasty people want what he has and will stop at nothing to get it. While Zack is an amazingly flawed hero, he's a breath of fresh air with no illusions about his odd compulsions and his limited abilities. His often exasperated wife Sarah makes the perfect comic foil. Fans of lighter crime capers will rejoice.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

See all Product description

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?


Customer reviews

Top customer reviews

on May 5, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on May 25, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on August 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on June 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
0Comment| 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on June 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on July 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Most recent customer reviews


Where's My Stuff?

Delivery & Returns

Need Help?