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The Twenty-Three
A Promise Falls Novel
By (author): Linwood Barclay
9780385693165 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense Feb 26, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 5.15 x 7.98 x 1.05 in 512 pages Doubleday Canada Anchor Canada
From New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes the third and final spine-chilling thriller in the Promise Falls trilogy.

Everything has been leading to this.

It’s the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd, and the small town of Promise Falls, New York, has found itself in the midst of a full-blown catastrophe. Hundreds of people are going to the hospital with similar symptoms—vomiting, dizziness, loss of consciousness—and dozens are dying. And those investigating the cause of the epidemic quickly zero in on the water supply. But the question for many, including private investigator Cal Weaver, remains: Who would benefit from poisoning this town? And what is their motivation?

Meanwhile, as tragedies mount and the number of suspects grows larger, Detective Barry Duckworth is faced with another problem. He knows that the killer of Olivia Fisher and Rosemary Gaynor is still out there. And what’s more, he knows that the mystery behind the significance of the number twenty-three is growing and is linked to a much larger scheme than he’d originally imagined.

Detective Duckworth will have to race to put together all the pieces of this puzzle to stop someone’s sinister revenge plot.

Series Overview: Promise Falls Trilogy: #3

Publication History: Doubleday Canada, TR (11/2016)


SOON TO BE TV: The Promise Falls series has been optioned for television, with Barclay writing the pilot episode and working in collaboration with Lynn Coady (Mary Kills People, Orphan Black), who will be a consultant for the show.

HOLLYWOOD CALLING: Trust Your Eyes has been optioned for film, and Never Look Away has been optioned as a TV series.

FINAL BOOK IN AN EXPLOSIVE TRILOGY: The last volume set in the secretive town of Promise Falls, following Broken Promise and Far From True.

ACCLAIMED THRILLERS: Linwood’s books have been nominated for and won many awards, including the Thriller Award for Best Novel given by the International Thriller Writers, the Barry Award, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, the Shamus Award and the Arthur Ellis Award. Broken Promise, the first book in this trilogy, was named one of the top twelve books of 2015 by Strand Magazine (along with Paula Hawkins, Harlan Coben and Jeffrey Deaver).

MEGA BESTSELLER: Linwood Barclay is a New York Times bestselling author and #1 bestselling author in Canada and the UK.

LINWOOD BARCLAY is the multi-million copy #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen previous novels for adults, including Broken Promise, Far From True, The Twenty-Three, No Safe House; A Tap on the Window; Trust Your Eyes; Never Saw It Coming, and two thrillers for children. His books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He wrote the screenplay adaptation for his novel Never Saw It Coming, and his book The Accident has been made into a television series in France.

Author Residence: Oakville, ON

Author Hometown: Darien, CT


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Author Social Media: Facebook: LinwoodBarclay; Twitter: @linwood_barclay

“Nothing is more satisfying than tucking into a new Linwood Barclay novel, and this is one we’ve all been waiting for.”—Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

“Taken together, [the Promise Falls trilogy] is the best thing Linwood Barclay has written and The Twenty-Three is the best book of the bunch…. This fast-paced book will keep you reading right to the end, with a twist you won’t see coming.”—The Globe and Mail

“The most satisfying of the series by a long shot.”—Toronto Star

“A slam-bang conclusion that will surprise even hard-core thriller readers with the revelations and high body count…. Those who have read the previous two novels will be pleased to know that the payoff has been worth the wait.”—The Associated Press

“Barclay is a master of the genre and will keep you up late into the night, torn between savouring every detail and racing to the end.”—Canadian Living

“Bizarre incidents continue to maim and kill the residents of Promise Falls, N.Y., in Barclay’s fast and furious conclusion to the trilogy that began with 2015’s Broken Promise…. Barclay skillfully juggles all the different plot lines right up to the stunning conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly

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