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Bad Guys

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Bad Guys

Zack Walker Series, Book 2
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"Fans of the crime caper will rejoice" that Linwood Barclay is back with the hilarious follow-up to his "riotously funny and irreverent"

  • debut, in which paranoid pop Zack Walker plotted to transplant his city-savvy wife and two teenage kids to the tranquillity of the burbs--where planned communities prevail and fathers rest easy. Well, not quite...and now the Walkers have moved home only to find themselves living in the precarious crosshairs of urban sprawl once again, and Zack can't help but be worried--really worried--that just around the corner lurks the presence of some really bad guys.

    Zack is back, and much to his family's relief, the work-at-home science-fiction writer has left the house to take a job as a features writer for the city paper. But now that Zack's incessant plotting can no longer be hatched from the comforts of his own home, he must be ever more vigilant to outwit the evil at large, whether in the suburbs, the city, or his own imagination. Zack is ready...or so he thinks.

    While researching his first feature article, Zack stumbles upon a real-life crime scene, but what seems like an ordinary hit-and-run may actually be a homicide linked to a gang that's been burglarizing Crandall's high-end shops. Suddenly Zack finds himself at the center of a violent crime wave and destined for a confrontation with Barbie Bullock, an unsettling figure infamous in the crime syndicate for his ruthless business tactics and peculiar proclivity for collecting dolls.

    And all is not quiet on the home front either. Zack's protective instincts launch into overdrive when he discovers that his daughter's rejected suitor has been tracing her every step and may harbor a much more ominous motivation than winning a Saturday night date. Nor does his son's strange behavior and recent friendship with a creepy computer recluse inspire joy in a father's heart.

    As worlds begin to collide and boundaries between family and foe blur, Zack goes on the attack, and heaven help the bad guys when this resourceful father comes to make good on a deal gone bad.

    From the Hardcover edition.
  • "Fans of the crime caper will rejoice" that Linwood Barclay is back with the hilarious follow-up to his "riotously funny and irreverent"

  • debut, in which paranoid pop Zack Walker plotted to transplant his city-savvy wife and two teenage kids to the tranquillity of the burbs--where planned communities prevail and fathers rest easy. Well, not quite...and now the Walkers have moved home only to find themselves living in the precarious crosshairs of urban sprawl once again, and Zack can't help but be worried--really worried--that just around the corner lurks the presence of some really bad guys.

    Zack is back, and much to his family's relief, the work-at-home science-fiction writer has left the house to take a job as a features writer for the city paper. But now that Zack's incessant plotting can no longer be hatched from the comforts of his own home, he must be ever more vigilant to outwit the evil at large, whether in the suburbs, the city, or his own imagination. Zack is ready...or so he thinks.

    While researching his first feature article, Zack stumbles upon a real-life crime scene, but what seems like an ordinary hit-and-run may actually be a homicide linked to a gang that's been burglarizing Crandall's high-end shops. Suddenly Zack finds himself at the center of a violent crime wave and destined for a confrontation with Barbie Bullock, an unsettling figure infamous in the crime syndicate for his ruthless business tactics and peculiar proclivity for collecting dolls.

    And all is not quiet on the home front either. Zack's protective instincts launch into overdrive when he discovers that his daughter's rejected suitor has been tracing her every step and may harbor a much more ominous motivation than winning a Saturday night date. Nor does his son's strange behavior and recent friendship with a creepy computer recluse inspire joy in a father's heart.

    As worlds begin to collide and boundaries between family and foe blur, Zack goes on the attack, and heaven help the bad guys when this resourceful father comes to make good on a deal gone bad.

    From the Hardcover edition.
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    • Chapter One "So, what are you asking me?" Harley said. "Are you asking me for drugs? If you want drugs, there are drugs. There's alprazolam--that's your Xanax generic--or lorazepam; you've got your diazepam and--"

      "Diaza-what?"

      "Diazepam. It's not a cooking spray. It's Valium. There's a huge list of antianxiety prescriptions out there, some better than others, some downright dangerous. We don't use phenobarbitals anymore, too addictive, sometimes fatal. There's various herbal remedies, if you're into that sort of thing. Or, I don't know whether you've considered something like this before, but you could just lighten the fuck up."

      Harley's not your average doctor. He's more of a friend, with a medical degree, and a successful practice, and an examining room, which I happened to be sitting in at this moment, somewhat under duress. Harley and I were buddies back in high school, then lost touch a bit while I went to college for an English degree and he went off to medical school. "Hey," I would say to him when we occasionally ran into one another, "just what kind of job do you expect to get with a medical degree?"

      Years later, he became my doctor.

      This appointment hadn't been my idea. It had been my wife Sarah's. And "idea" is probably the wrong word. "Ultimatum" would probably be a better one. "Go see Harley," she said, "or I'm going to call a divorce lawyer. Or smother you in your sleep."

      The threat about the divorce lawyer didn't worry me that much. Sarah has a low opinion of the legal profession, and would probably choose sticking with me over engaging the services of one of its members. But the smothering-me-in-my-sleep thing, that seemed within her range of capabilities.

      "The thing is," Harley continued, leaning up against the paper-covered examining bed, "there's a lot of shit to deal with in life, and sometimes that's just what you have to do. Deal with it. You're not the only one with a teenage daughter, you know. Mine's twenty-two now, seems to finally have her head on straight, but two years ago she was too busy boffing some out-there art student to study for her midterms. The guy did a show of sculptures made from raw meat. You had to go early."

      "I can't seem to help it," I said. "I worry. I worry all the time. It's the way I'm hardwired. Sometimes I've let it get the better of me."

      "I know," Harley said. "I watch the news."

      "And I've been trying to do better, honest to God, but this thing with Angie . . ."

      "How old is she now?"

      "Eighteen."

      Harley's eyes rolled, remembering. "And what did you do, exactly?"

      "She'd promised to be home by one in the morning. She was going out with some guy from where she worked for the summer, at the pool store. She sold chlorine and algaecide and tested water samples, and there was this guy who worked there, young kid, who went around the neighborhood maintaining people's pools for them."

      "Yeah."

      "So she started going out with Pool Boy."

      "This is what you called him. Pool Boy."

      "Not to his face, or to Angie. It was just a name I had for him, is all. Anyway, she was out with him one night, and I was already awake around midnight, and sometimes if I'm up that late, I'll stay up to make sure she gets home okay. I'll read. But if I read in bed, it keeps Sarah up, with the light on, so I went down to the living room, stretched out on the front couch right by the front door, so I'd be right there when Angie got home. Even if I nodded off, I'd hear her when she got in."

      "Go on."

      "Well, I guess I did doze off, and when I woke up, it was two-thirty in the morning, which meant Angie was way past curfew, way past when she...
    About the Author-
    • LINWOOD BARCLAY is the author of Bad Move. He is a columnist for the Toronto Star and lives with his family near Toronto.


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    • Publisher's Weekly

      April 25, 2005
      Reporter Zack Walker, worrier, bungler and reluctant hero, has moved from the suburbs back to the city (unnamed, but the generic metropolitan background suffices) with his wife, Sarah, son Paul and daughter Angie, in Canadian author Barclay's winning second comic caper (after 2004's Bad Move
      ). The Walkers aren't really dysfunctional, but they're close enough to the edge as they cope with various pressures: 16-year-old Paul's flirtation with drinking; college freshman Angie's admirer, who may be a dangerous stalker; and the transportation convolutions necessary in a one-car, two-school, two-job family. Zack tries to solve this last problem while also working on a feature story that has him accompanying a PI on a stakeout for a smash-and-grab gang. He avoids hassling with a car dealer by going to a police auction, but the car he gets is no bargain. When his PI friend is attacked, Zack races to the rescue. And when some nasty folks target his family, Zack pulls out all the stops to try to remove the threat. This cleverly executed mystery includes both long-term setups and well hidden surprises. Agent, Helen Heller.

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      "Humor, realistic characters, a jaunty first-person narration, and fast pacing make for an enjoyable read."

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