Bad Move

Bad Move

Book - 2004
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In the too-quiet town of Oakwood, only the lucky die of boredom…and new homeowner Zack Walker isn't feeling lucky. Whoever said the burbs were boring will think twice after reading Linwood Barclay's hilarious debut mystery, in which Dad learns the hard way that he doesn't always know best. Zack wouldn't blame you for thinking he's safety-obsessed. True, he masterminded a plot to trade his family's exciting city lifestyle for one of suburban tranquillity. True, even after this strategic move, Zack still has issues with family members who forget their keys in the front door, leave their cars unlocked, or park their backpacks at the top of the stairs--where you could kill yourself tripping over them. Just ask his wife, Sarah, or his teenage kids, Paul and Angie, who endure their share of lectures. Zack knows that he needs to chill out and assume the best for once--but we know what happens to those who assume. When Zack realizes their two-faced developer sent a petty thief to fix their leaky shower, he starts fighting hard to ignore the fact that Oakwood isn't the crime-free paradise he was hoping for. But his brief state of denial comes to an abrupt end when, during a walk by the creek, he stumbles across a dead body. Even more shocking, Zack actually knows who the victim is--and who might want him dead. With a killer roaming around their neighborhood and Zack's overactive imagination in overdrive, he's sure things can't get any worse. But then another local is murdered--and Zack's paranoid tendencies get him implicated in the crime. While his wife is trying to remember why she married him in the first place, and his kids are considering whether it's time to have him committed, Zack decides there's only one thing he can do. To protect his family--and avoid being busted for a crime he didn't commit--he's going to have to override his safety-first instincts, tap into his delusions of machismo, and track down the killer himself.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004.
ISBN: 9780553803853
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,22 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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