The Lie Maker

By Linwood Barclay

‘Another perfect page-turner’ The Times

‘A triumph from the master thriller writer’ The Sun

In this twisty thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author, a man desperately tries to track down his father in witness protection before his enemies can get to him.

Your dad’s not a good person. Your dad killed people, son.

These are some of the last words Jack Givins’s father spoke to him before he was whisked away by witness protection, leaving Jack and his mother to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives.

Years later, Jack is a struggling author, recruited by the U.S. Marshals to create false histories for people in witness protection. Jack realises this may be a chance to find his dad – but then he discovers he’s gone missing, and he could be in serious danger.

Jack knows he has to track him down. But how will he find a man he’s never truly known? And how will he evade his father’s deadly enemies – enemies who wouldn’t think twice about using his own son against him?


‘Linwood Barclay has crafted another perfect page-turner’ The Times

‘Pacy and tense, it’s a triumph from a master thriller writer. Every page makes your heart beat that little bit faster’ The Sun

‘Twisty, emotional, surprising, and told at a breakneck pace… a read-in-one-sitting kind of story’ David Koepp

‘Engrossing and moving, full of clever plot twists, this is great crime writing’ Literary Review

‘You’ll be left speed-reading towards the end’ The Independent

‘A master of the intricately plotted psychological thriller genre’ Women’s Weekly

‘A totally absorbing, two-fisted conspiracy thriller told with characteristic aplomb … full of gasp-inducing twists and oodles of tension … brilliant stuff’ Neil Lancaster

‘Barclay (Look Both Ways) nails this riveting standalone thriller… Crafty plotting and rich characters make this a winner’ Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Format: Paperback
Release Date: 18 Jan 2024
Pages: 384
ISBN: 978-0-00-855568-9
Linwood Barclay is an international bestselling crime and thriller author with over twenty critically acclaimed novels to his name, including the phenomenal number one bestseller No Time For Goodbye. Every Linwood Barclay book is a masterclass in characterisation, plot and the killer twist, and with sales of over seven million copies globally, his books have been sold in more than 39 countries around the world and he can count Stephen King, Shari Lapena and Peter James among his many fans.Many of his books have been optioned for film and TV, and Linwood wrote the screenplay for the film based on his bestselling novel Never Saw It Coming. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children. Visit Linwood Barclay at or find him on Twitter at @linwood_barclay.


”'A superior thriller” - SUNDAY TIMES

”'The twists keep coming” - THE TIMES

”'Find You First starts with a bang and ends with an even bigger one. Barclay is a terrific writer, but he’s outdone himself with this. It’s the best book of his career. I couldn’t put it down, and you won’t be able to either. If you enjoy thrillers, this is the real deal. It never lets up” - STEPHEN KING

”'A full-throttle powerhouse of a thriller - Linwood Barclay is in a class of his own” - T.M. LOGAN

”'Genius … but terrifying” - THE SUN

”'This novel moves as fast as a falling elevator and hits with just as much force. Linwood Barclay is a stone-cold pro and Elevator Pitch is a shameless good time” - JOE HILL

”'A great cast of characters,tension, humour and a thrilling ending; this book takes Linwood to new heights!” - MARK EDWARDS

”'A fast-moving, high-concept thriller from the talented Barclay … a rip-roaring rollercoaster of a ride” - DAILY MAIL

”'Linwood Barclay’s thrillers move at breakneck speed … pacy, exciting” - WOMAN & HOME

”'Linwood Barclay presses all the right buttons” - MICHAEL ROBOTHAM

”'One of the finest thriller writers in the world at the very top of his game” - MARK BILLINGHAM

”'A relentlessly tense thriller … there's plenty of the sardonic humour that came to the fore in Mr Barclay's previous novel Elevator Pitch … the comedy enhances the edgy atmosphere” - THE TIMES CRIME CLUB

'Another gripping thriller from bestselling master of tension Linwood Barclay' HELLO! -