A tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay

imageThis week The Telegraph in association with WHSmith is offering readers the dark, disturbing thriller A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay, newly released in paperback,for just £2.99 instead of the RRP £7.99, between Thursday, May 29 and Wednesday, June 4, or by bringing in one of the printed vouchers published in the paper on Thursday, May 29 or Saturday, May 31, and which is valid until Wednesday 4 June at WHSmiths high Street, Travel and Hospital stores

A Tap on the Window features a chap named Cal Weaver, who while driving home one rainy night, stops at red light, in the town of Griffon, near Buffalo, New York. He notices a bedraggled-looking teenage girl trying to hitch a lift and at first he tries to ignore her, Even when she starts tapping on his window. But when she says, ‘Hey, aren’t you Scott’s dad?’ and he realizes she’s one of his son’s classmates, he can’t really ignore her and offers her a lift. He then discovers that the girl, Claire is the Daughter of the Mayor, Burt Sanders, and has been drinking at Patchett ‘s Bar the local watering hole.

During the journey Claire, asks to stop at a restroom on the way home, and Cal is happy to oblige. But the girl who gets back in the car seems strangely nervous, and it’s only when they get nearer their destination that Cal realizes she no longer has the nasty cut that he noticed on Claire’s hand. After he’s finally let her out of the car he remains puzzled and intrigued. But it’s only the next morning that he starts to really worry. That’s when the police cruiser turns up at his door and asks him if he gave a lift to a girl the previous night. A girl who has now been found brutally murdered. If Cal is going to clear his name and stay out of jail, he’s going to have to find Claire figure out what She was really up to and what part he played in her curious deception. But doing so will involve him in some of the small town of Griffon’s most carefully kept secrets – and a conspiracy as bizarre as it is deadly.

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