Bad Move

Bad Move

Paperback - 2005
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As a father of two overly curious, streetwise teenagers and husband to a wisecracking news junkie journalist, work at home science fiction write Zack Walker had a hard time convincing his loved ones to obey his rules for keeping them out of harm's way. Who can blame them? Zack's level of paranoia ranks with that of Twilight Zone episode. But when city life begins to prove that Zack's fears are not so fantastical, he uproots his family and heads for the tranquillity of the suburbs, where planned communities prevail and fathers rest easy. Well, not quite. As Zack discovers that his plumber moonlights are a mercenary and the local dominatrix has a swimming pool, it becomes evident that the nice neighborhood of Oakwood isn't the crime free paradise he'd been promised. Then Zack stumbles upon the body of local environmentalist, and a madcap mission of deceit and murder that leads back to his own front door. Now this paranoid pop is in a state of high anxiety and will stop at nothing to keep his family safe. But can he keep himself being snuffed in suburbia.
Published: New York, NY :, Bantam Books,, 2005.
Edition: Bantam mass market edition.
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780553587043
Branch Call Number: F BAR
Characteristics: 387 pages ;,18 cm


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Sep 30, 2018

There is a reasonably good story between the covers of this book. All one needs is tolerance to put up with Zack, a self proclaimed a-hole. But, the story would not work if he wasn't. Recommended for those who can tolerate Zack.

Jul 09, 2018

Starts slow but picks up a quarter of the way in and is thoroughly humorous throughout.

Jun 27, 2018

Actually impressed. I got to admit it could of used a bit more on your seat moments. Love the jokes here and there. Over all i enjoy this enough to be putting more of his work on hold!

May 18, 2018

Quite a hilarious story from an author whose more serious work has hooked me from the first book of his that I read. This one is quite different, although very well written as well. It is certainly good for a few chuckles and a lot of belly laughs!

Jun 02, 2017

One of mr. Barclay's best! I laughed til my sides hurt. Dont miss this one.

Oct 14, 2014

The narrator spends an increasing amount of time trying to explain that he is not an a**hole. But he is. He is also a control freak and a manipulative jerk. His wife hates him, his children hate him, and so do I. His is also stupid--despite the fact that he tells us repeatedly how smart he is. At least he admits that his books are worthless trash and he is unbelievably lazy.

To be fair--I only made it to page 172 before I remembered that I am too old and too busy to waste my time on Bad Moves, like reading this book. I couldn't even be bother to skip to the end--where I would hope to find that he has been put in prison for double homicide while his family returns to their old home and finds peace and happiness in his blessed absence.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "Another great read by Linwood. You can really see his style developing. Great twist. Love the humor too."

Donnalee Smith May 12, 2012

Linwood Barclay's first book remains my favourite of his novels. He has received a lot of acclaim for his new sleek thrillers with their generic settings, but I love this first one for being so proudly and unabashedly Canadian. "Oakwood" seems a lot like Oakville, Ontario to me! The best thing is that this book is not only a really good mystery, but it is very funny. It's hard to find a genuinely good mystery that's also hilarious, but this one is. His newer books are very exciting, but have become very serious and grim. This book is hugely entertaining and fun and I highly recommend it.

Susanne E. Robling Jun 06, 2010

Absolutely brilliant. Very very funny and hard to put down.

Sep 10, 2008

the best book i have read in a long time. laugh out loud funny


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