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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553819925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553819922
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,622,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Harlan Coben on speed with a heart breaking compassion that will literally have you biting your nails." - Shamus award-winning author Ken Bruen --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Grant McKenzie was born in Scotland but has spent the past 25 years working as a journalist in Canada. He started his career working the 'dead-body beat' (working the night shift and being the first journalist on crime scenes) at one of Canada's largest tabloids. Since then he has worked as a senior editor and a columnist. He lives on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast with his wife and teenage daughter.

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Warning - be prepared to read through this book in one sitting.
Ellen J. Grogan
It's got everything: suspense, drama, twists, turns, good writing, and it's a real page turner.
Renaldo N. Johnson
Highly recommend to all thriller fans to get this book and read it.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on December 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a fast paced Harlan Coben/Linwood Barclay style adventure where an every day guy's comfortable content world is thrown upside down when his family disappears from a shopping centre. Canadian Wallace Carver is on holiday with his wife and two sons when they fail to show at a meeting point. He freaks out becomes abusive to the security guards and police and is promptly deported when evidence shows that he crossed the border alone. Only this overweight bus driver with a bad knee knows he didn't cross the border alone but what he doesn't know is why his family has disappeared. Meanwhile Canadian police have also been looking for his family since his house is covered in blood and all possessions that don't belong to Wallace have been cleaned out. It's only that neither border town's police bothered to contact each other that Wallace isn't behind bars, which was obviously someone's plan. Wallace must sneak across the border back into the US to find out what happened to his family, luckily for him his best friend Crow is part of the Indian mafia.

That's the only real downside to this novel, it's not really a what would you do in this situation read as most people don't have the convenient connections to border smuggling and weaponry that this bus driver does through his mafia friend. However it's still a fast fun, action packed edge of your seat read. Ending is a bit unrealistic but other than that, you'll enjoy this one. Grant McKenzie's first novel Switch was also very good.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By loves books on February 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first book I have read by this author, after coming across him through recommendations on Amazon, and I wonder what took me so long. The main character Wallace is a unusual character compared to most hero's, he is a bus driver with a limp! No Cry For Help drags you in from the first page, and keeps you riveted throughout. Why would a "average Joe", who has led a quiet life have his family taken from him? I tried to guess through much of the book, but it is full of twist and turns and keeps the suspense going right to the last chapter. The story moves fast and is hugely enjoyable. I was rooting for Wallace throughout, as his love for his family make him do things that are completely out of character, this is a man who will cross the line to have them found. The chapters are short but are full of suspense, and I flew through this book. I do not want to spoil the story for you by giving away to much of the plot, but if you love a good thriller I would highly recommend giving this book ago.... A well-written thriller and one of those books that is almost impossible to put down!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Hamilton on January 19, 2011
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I loved McKenzie's debut Switch, and I wondered if this would keep the same fast pace as that - and I wasn't disappointed. I read it in a little over a day as I couldn't put it down.

The characters were wonderful (if in places a little - well, ok, alot - scary and unhinged) and I hope at some point McKenzie gets the chance to come back to some of them - especially Chevyo, I'm sure there's scope for a whole book about him! As in Switch - ordinary people are forced to do extraordinary things in horrible circumstances, and I hope a US publisher gives him a chance and that we get more from him.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Farrell on February 21, 2013
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If you're looking for a fast-paced thriller that grips you from the first page then this is the book for you. Great story and believable characters, this book is hard to put down. My only disappointment was reaching the end. Can't wait for the next one!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lew Tuna on January 5, 2013
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No Cry For Help was offered free for Kindle for a few days and I decided to try my first Grant McKenzie book. Make sure your device is fully charged before you begin to read because you won't want to put it down until you finish the book. Every chapter brought something unexpected that added to the suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely read Mr. McKenzie's other books.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2013
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I've just finished "No Cry For Help" by Grant McKenzie. I had to reach for the laptop immediately in order to write a review. The hour is late as I had to stay up in order to finish the book, and I absolutely had to get to the end as I couldn't wait to find out how the story finished. I was very glad that I did. It was a brilliant ending to an equally fantastic thriller. Having read Grant McKenzie's first novel "Switch", I knew he was capable of crafting a gripping thrill ride experience. I thought that "Switch" would be a tough act to follow but Grant more than met the challenge, demonstrating what a naturally gifted storyteller he is. Excellent plot, great characters and fast-paced action combine to make this a wonderful adrenaline fueled read.
Well done Grant McKenzie!

Highly recommend to all thriller fans to get this book and read it. Also, take a look at his debut novel, "Switch"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bass player 61 on February 23, 2014
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Wallace is a bus driver in Vancouver whose family turns up missing during a shopping trip south of the border. The action and suspense amp up as he finds there is an amazingly deep and involved plot to frame him for the crime, yet he has no idea why. Good story of how a regular guy will go to any length to get his family back. I like how the author made Wallace become stronger and more confident with each encounter, but shows us he's still full of self-doubt. One of those novels that makes the reader think about how they'd act and react in that situation. Lots of action, diverse cast of characters, and twisting plot make reading this book this a great way to spend an afternoon or evening.
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More About the Author

Born in Scotland, living in Canada and writing American fiction, I like to wear a kilt and toque with my six-guns.

My debut novel, SWITCH, was praised by author Ken Bruen as: "Harlan Coben on speed with a heart breaking compassion that will literally have you biting your nails." It debuted in the UK from Random House Transworld, and in Canada from Penguin Books. It has also been published in the U.S., Germany, Taiwan, Australia, and coming soon to mainland China.

My second novel, No Cry for Help, was published by Bantam UK and Random House Germany, and is now available in the U.S. and Canada.

I have recently signed a 5-book deal with U.S. publisher Polis Books to release Switch, K.A.R.M.A., and The Fear in Her Eyes in paperback and digital. Plus, my newest thriller, Speak the Dead, will be released by Polis in hardcover next fall. Another new book, tentatively titled The Butcher's Apron, is set for fall 2016.

Under the pen name M.C. Grant, I write a new and very fun mystery series featuring wisecracking, ass-kicking, San Francisco-based reporter Dixie Flynn. Published by Midnight Ink. Dixie's three adventures are: Angel With A Bullet, Devil With A Gun, and Beauty With A Bomb.

My short stories have been featured in the First Thrills anthology edited by Lee Child from Tor/Forge, plus Out of the Gutter and Spinetingler magazines. My first screenplay also won a fellowship at the Praxis Centre for Screenwriting in Vancouver, B.C.

As a journalist, I have worked in virtually every area of the newspaper business from the late-night "Dead Body Beat" at a feisty daily tabloid to senior copy/design editor at two of Canada's largest broadsheets. In between regular newspaper gigs, I have also contributed technology/humour columns to various magazines around the world. I currently reside in Victoria, BC.