10 October 2013.
If you were a bloke driving home late at night and some blonde teenager asked you for a lift, you'd be a complete idiot to give her one, even when she said she went to high school with your son. But because of that latter fact, you don't think about the possible consequences, even when she asks to stop at a rest-room, and when she comes back, she's somebody else.
The next day, the second girl is found brutally murdered, and Cal Weaver is in it up to his neck. Not just because of a possible murder charge, but also because he finds himself completely ensnared in ruthlessly played-out local politics. At the same time, he is trying to come to terms with a marriage on the verge of destruction, and the recent suicide of his son, Scott, who jumped off a roof while high on drugs.
So what exactly is going on? Why did the two girls swap? What happened to the first one? Who sold Scott the drugs which killed him? Why are the Mayor and the Chief-of-Police at loggerheads?
In a perhaps slightly over-long exposition, Linwood Barclay leads us through a maze of clues and suspicions to a surprising and satisfying conclusion.
Reviewer: Susan Moody
In 1981, he joined the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation newspaper. For twelve years he held a variety of editing positions, becoming the paper’s humour columnist in 1993. A few thousand columns later, he retired from the paper in 2008 to write books full-time.