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The Twenty-Three

(Promise Falls Trilogy Book 3)

By Linwood Barclay
Read by Jeff Harding

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The third spellbinding thriller set in the troubled town of Promise Falls

The final book in the Promise Falls trilogy, The Twenty-Three is a pulse-pounding, race-against-time thriller.

The day begins like any other Saturday - a shower, coffee, breakfast. But suddenly, all hell breaks loose in the town of Promise Falls. People are dying in the street - the hospital and emergency services are overwhelmed by sheer numbers. Is it mass food poisoning, a virus, or something more sinister? Has someone, rather than something, caused this?

Detective Barry Duckworth is already investigating two murders and an explosion at the town's drive-in. He starts to wonder if these crimes and the new attacks are connected to the mysterious incidents in Promise Falls involving the number twenty-three.

But who is sending these deadly messages, and how can they be stopped?

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Biographical Notes

Linwood Barclay is the international bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including NO SAFE HOUSE, A TAP ON THE WINDOW, TRUST YOUR EYES and the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one bestseller, NO TIME FOR GOODBYE. He lives near Toronto with his wife.

www.linwoodbarclay.com.

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There's definitely something rotten in Promise Falls. In THE TWENTY-THREE, the riveting final installment of the Promise Falls trilogy, the story comes to a frightful and fitting conclusion. Nothing is more satisfying than tucking into a new Linwood Barclay novel, and this is one we've all been waiting for. — Shari Lapena, author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR
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Flynn Berry

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Linwood Barclay

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Niki Mackay

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Sam Peters

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Sam Peters
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The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

Alan Bradley
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