In a classic "wrong place at the wrong time", young Derek Cutter was excited when he concocted a plan to "borrow" his neighbor's house while they were away for the evening in order to have some alone-time with his new girlfriend. But his excitement gave way to fear when the Langleys came back home unexpectedly. All he could think to do was to go and hide in the basement. Listening closely for them to leave again, he's suddenly frozen by the sounds of gunshots followed by silence. When he gathers the courage to go back upstairs, he discovers the Langleys and their son Adam dead. Jim Cutter, Derek's father, is mystified by the murders while naturally being concerned that such a crime occurred right next door. Jim's curiousity leads him to discover that Derek has something the killers want. Since he knows that many people mistake the Langleys house for his own, he knows he has to follow the trail of clues to protect his family.
This mystery is not as sharp as Barclay's first novel, "No Time For Goodbye", but it keeps your interest with a steady trail of new puzzles to be solved by Jim Cutter and a set of characters that are like people we all know and far from your typical mystery novel cast of angst-ridden heroes and intrepid heroines.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our October, 2008 issue.
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No Time for Goodbye
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