The Lie Maker

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‘Another perfect page-turner’ The Times ‘A triumph from the master thriller writer’ The Sun

In this twisty thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Take Your Breath Away, a man desperately tries to track down his father – who was taken into witness protection years ago – before his enemies can get to him.

Your dad’s not a good person. Your dad killed people, son.
These are some of the last words Jack Givins’s father spoke to him before he was whisked away by witness protection, leaving Jack and his mother to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives.

Years later, Jack is a struggling author, recruited by the U.S. Marshals to create false histories for people in witness protection. Jack realises this may be a chance to find his dad – but then he discovers he’s gone missing, and he could be in serious danger.

Jack knows he has to track him down. But how will he find a man he’s never truly known? And how will he evade his father’s deadly enemies – enemies who wouldn’t think twice about using his own son against him?


‘Linwood Barclay has crafted another perfect page-turner’ The Times

‘Pacey and tense, it’s a triumph from a master thriller writer. Every page makes your heart beat that little bit faster’ The Sun

'Twisty, emotional, surprising, and told at a breakneck pace, Linwood Barclay’s The Lie Maker shows once again he’s one of the best thriller writers working today. This is a read-in-one-sitting kind of story' David Koepp

‘Engrossing and moving, full of clever plot twists, this is great crime writing’
Literary Review

‘You’ll be left speed-reading towards the end to discover answers expertly posed by the bestselling Toronto-based crime writer’
The Independent

‘A master of the intricately plotted psychological thriller genre’
Women’s Weekly

‘Deliciously intriguing’
Crime Fiction Lover

‘A tense and original page-turner with a likeable protagonist and intriguing side-characters. A must-read for Barclay fans’

‘A totally absorbing, two-fisted conspiracy thriller told with characteristic aplomb … full of gasp-inducing twists and oodles of tension … brilliant stuff’ Neil Lancaster

'Barclay (Look Both Ways) nails this riveting standalone thriller about a washed-up writer’s search for his long-lost parent… Barclay expertly knits the strands together and constructs a fully realized everyman in Givins. Crafty plotting and rich characters make this a winner' Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


‘A superior thriller’ Sunday Times

‘A suspense master’ Stephen King

‘The twists keep coming’ The Times

‘Devilishly good’ Shari Lapena

‘Linwood Barclay is in a class of his own’ T.M. Logan

‘One of the finest thriller writers in the world at the very top of his game’ Mark Billingham

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