Born in the United States before moving to Canada aged 4, in his later years Linwood Barclay became a prolific contributor to The Toronto Star where he gained a name for himself as one of the papers most beloved columnists due to his sparkling wit and insight. He moved on from this role in 2008 to focus on his novels after achieving international acclaim with No Time for Goodbye
Ever since Barclay has continued this success with hits such as Never Saw it Coming and Parting Shot wowing readers with his wonderfully unique style of suspense which draws on our everyday anxieties.
His new novel A Noise Downstairs sees Barclay back at his very best detailing the story of college professor Paul Davis whose life is disrupted when he is driving along a deserted road late one night and surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. That's when Pauls "normal" existence is turned upside down.
After nearly losing his own life, he finds himself battling PTSD, depression, and severe problems at work. His wife, Charlotte, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter to encourage him to get started on that novel hes always intended to write. However, the typewriter itself is a problem.
Paul swears it's possessed and types by itself at night. But only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs; Charlotte doesn't hear a thing and she worries he's going off the rails. Paul believes the typewriter is somehow connected to the murderer he discovered nearly a year ago. The killer had made his victims type apologies to him before ending their lives. Has another sick twist of fate entwined his life with the killer could this be the same machine?
Increasingly tormented but determined to discover the truth and confront his nightmare, Paul begins investigating the deaths himself.
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