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Parting Shot

Written by: Linwood Barclay
Narrated by: Jim Meskimen, James Babson
Series: Promise Falls, Book 4
Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times and number one international best-selling author Linwood Barclay comes a new, stand-alone blockbuster thriller that spins off from the events of the explosive Promise Falls trilogy.

If you made a mistake that took someone's life, you'd remember it...wouldn't you?

After a tragedy rocks the community of Promise Falls, Cal Weaver is asked to investigate the threats being made to the accused's family. He's heard all about it on the news: the young man who drank too much, stole a Porsche, and killed a girl, and who claimed afterward not to remember a single thing. The whole town is outraged that he got off lightly, but for reasons Cal can't explain, he accepts the job. Then Cal finds himself caught up in a vicious revenge plot, chasing someone set on delivering retribution. In Cal's experience, it's only ever a matter of time before threats turn into action....

A gripping thriller packed with scandal, from the master of the twist you never saw coming.

©2017 Linwood Barclay (P)2018 Doubleday Canada

What the critics say

"A tough-minded crime novel about the dangers of vigilantism.... Real crimes, unspeakably nasty ones, including murder, figure in this well-built novel." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Fans know to expect a twist from Linwood Barclay and they get more than one here. Those of us hooked on [Promise Falls] can hope that trilogy or no, Cal and the town make another appearance at some point." (The Globe and Mail)

"Billed as a stand-alone spinoff of Barclay's Promise Falls trilogy, the new book has a stripped-down, tautly focused quality.... Barclay's latest small-town thriller is one of his best." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Great book, reader was amazing! Story kept you wondering 😊 just has one of those endings!!

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Great book! More Promise Falls please!

I loved this book, I guess you could almost call it the fourth in the trilogy. When Duckworth was laying on the floor at the end of the final book of the trilogy I thought how crazy, I want to know more, and sure enough Linwood Barclay delivered. I love the characters and the way he makes things so believable, as if I could actually happen. I hope there are more books about the people of Promise Falls in Barclays pen or computer keys

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  • Christopher R. Price
  • 2018-02-12

Couldn’t stop listening...

Linwood Barclay has done it yet again. His masterfully crafted story is absolutely superb. Another master of the hook and twist genre. I highly recommend ANY of his books.

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  • KimR
  • 2018-02-21

Barclay Does NOT Disappoint 5-Stars!

Linwood Barclay’s New book “Parting Shot” is a gripping suspense thriller, totally packed with scandal, intrigue, mystery, history, and a twist you will not see coming! I couldn't stop listening. Barclay is my favorite author, I can’t say enough about his writing, character development and storylines. Barclay never disappoints and in Parting Shot he’s once again show us why he is the master at what he does. I highly recommend!!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-01

Great story!

I really enjoyed this book - thank you, again, Linwood Barclay, for a great listening experience!

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  • Cathleen
  • 2020-02-20

Intriguing mystery, superb narrators!

I haven't read the other books in the Promise Falls series, but I was still able to follow the story with no problem. Like any good mystery, it was full of plot twists and kept my attention. Both of the narrators were fantastic and really brought all the characters to life.

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  • Barbara Ulery
  • 2018-04-29

A little disappointing

Loved his previous books. This one was a little disappointing. Not his best Promise Falls story