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Simon Wood , James Langton
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13 Nov 2012

Josh Michaels isn’t wanted dead or alive—just dead. That fact becomes shockingly clear when a stranger runs his car off the road. Instead of a helping hand, the man gives Josh a “thumbs down” and abandons him to what is almost certainly a watery grave. Luckily, Josh cheats death…this time. But when more harrowing “accidents” threaten his life, it’s clear he’s a marked man.

Are his past mistakes coming back to bite him? Or is something more sinister afoot? And how can he convince his family, friends, and especially the cops that he’s in danger? The harder Josh fights to stay alive, the more determined his unknown enemy is to see him dead. And the deeper he digs for answers, the more chilling the truth becomes. As his time and luck rapidly run out, he must unmask an insidious conspiracy bent on making a killing—in more ways than one.

Nerve-jangling noir doesn’t get much blacker than Simon Wood’s top speed trip into cold-blooded murder and hot-blooded vengeance.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (13 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469210487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469210483
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,254,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He's a former competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot, an endurance cyclist and an occasional PI. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. Their lives are dominated by a longhaired dachshund and four cats. He's the Anthony Award winning author of Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper, Terminated, Asking For Trouble, We All Fall Down and the Aidy Westlake series. His latest thriller is NO SHOW, the first in the Terry Sheffield mysteries. He also write horror under the pen name of Simon Janus. Curious people can learn more at

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"...An impressive debut." -- Sue Reider, Reviewer For Mystery Scene Magazine

"...hard to put down...a mind boggler with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing till the last page." -- Ginny Welding for All About Murder Reviews

"What a thrill ride!" -- Anneli Rufus, Literary Editor, East Bay Express

"a good thriller...I would love to see this story made into a movie!" -- Lesley Mazey for Eternal Night

Compelling. Absorbing. Simon Wood's first novel is what suspense novel writing is all about. -- Phillip Tomasso III, author of Johnny Blade & Third Ring --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A former racecar driver, licensed pilot, and occasional private eye, Simon Wood is also an accomplished author with more than 150 published stories and articles under his belt. His mystery fiction, which has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, earned him both the prestigious Anthony Award and a CWA Dagger Award nomination. In addition to Accidents Waiting to Happen, his books include Working Stiffs, Asking for Trouble, Paying the Piper, We All Fall Down, and Terminated. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mind how you go 28 Aug 2012
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Having secured a decent sized contract for the water company he represents, Josh Michaels decides to drive home via the scenic route. Along the way, he is driven off the road and into the Sacramento River, nearly drowning in the process. He is convinced it was deliberate but why? He's just a family man with a good job so who would want him dead? Well, maybe the woman he had an affair with and gave her $50,000 to stop her from telling anyone about his little secret; when a building inspector, he once took a bribe to pass a construction project. Now she's back and asking for more `hush money'.

Author Simon Wood has produced a dark brooding novel that is actually quite exciting. We know a faceless assassin is out to get Michaels but we don't know the reason why. He sold his soul to an insurance company and now they want a return on their investment. Is it his ex-lover or his wife behind it? The character you feel most for is the wife, Kate. She seems blissfully unaware of what her husband has been up to and can't seem to cope when she finds out. Belinda, his bit on the side, cannot seem to accept their affair is over whilst the hitman taunts his target.

This could be seen as a book of two halves. The first part is the mystery as to what is going on, and the second, after we find out who is behind it, is `the chase' element that finds the main protagonist trying to locate the elusive assassin, attempting to convince everyone of what's happening and to discover why he's being targeted. This won't be the best thriller you'll read (and I wouldn't put it in the crime genre) but Wood has incorporated most aspects of its type and though there isn't anything here that you won't have come across before - you'll telegraph the finale but that doesn't matter as the cinema has virtually worn out the same ending - it's how you reach that denouement that counts.

Well worth a look.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid but stilted 22 Sep 2012
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There's a lot to like about 'Accidents...' A clever concept which sets the action in motion: why might corporate America need a hitman on the books? And why would he be thrown into motion against a series of nobody-special middle class targets? And why does he specialise in making assassinations look like accidents?

All of these are intriguing threads which were enough to make me pick up and then persevere with the book. It starts well with an action-packed opening sequence; a car shoved into a river, the first of many maybe accidents. But the writing never quite sparkles; there's no real sense of danger, of calamity, of panic as the bonnet hits the water and the car starts to sink and the driver's life might end in a gasp and a gurgle and a last desperate attempt to breathe all too liquid river water...
Instead it kinda plods along from one scene to the next. The noose tightens around our protagonist as past mistakes don't so much come back to haunt him as turn up in high heels demanding sex or revenge (or maybe both). Again, there's little tension to the action.
The book certainly has all the ingredients of a good thriller; just not quite the polish of execution required to bring it off. Even the introduction of a second hitman failed the raise the game. So while I read it to the end, curious to see if the true villain got his comeuppance, it was with a curious sense of detachment, and no real affection or involvement with the hero. The writing plods at time and the dialogue feels artificial. None of the characters come over as real people.
So it'd kill a few hours on a plane, but although the author has written several other novels, I won't be seeking them out.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book 29 April 2013
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I don't normally bother with book reviews as they are so subjective and taste based, they can't give anyone any help to decide whether or not to read it.

But, I have to say, this is my second Simon Wood book and I am now officially hooked.

I've read the other reviews which seem to say the book isn't exciting but I disagree.
I like Simons writing style, he isn't being poncy and up himself, he writes in a really easy to read way and I don't find myself caught up in knots trying to figure out what the hell he means.

The story line is good, I am never quite sure which person to trust and the twists have had me gasping out loud. Much to the amusement of innocent passers by.

I like that the story is easy to read. If you want a book that ties you up in knots with big fancy words and pretension, then Simon isn't the author for you. There is a story and Simon tells it without the need for the usual overboasting overuse of descriptive words. Some authors (as Peter Griffin says) Insist upon themselves.

I love these books, I am getting all of them and I am dreading when I've finished them all.

Keep it up Si....more more more!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Plotted and Paced 9 Dec 2012
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The basis of the plot of `Accidents Waiting To Happen' is uniquely intriguing and it is presented at a good pace throughout to a gripping climax. These are essentials for a good thriller and any implausibility is well within the bounds of fiction. Author Simon Wood skilfully employs characters that are not themselves flawless to foster empathy and to build up credibility, and he relentlessly exposes their deficiencies as they become embroiled in a mesh of subterfuge that threatens on many levels. He cleverly keeps the assassin nameless as part of his strategy to keep readers wondering what next, what is accidental or deliberate, who is friend and who is foe. Twists and turns abound as to which is the target, what are the reasons, who is behind the scenes, but at the denouement all loose ends are competently tied up. What more do thriller fiction readers require?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
This is one of those stories that make you think it could really happen. A good read.
Published 5 days ago by David Moss
4.0 out of 5 stars Accidents waiting to happen
This is the first book from this author I've read and will certainly be reading more. This is a good plot which leaves you wondering about people - can a few people really be that... Read more
Published 20 days ago by TDB
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Story was quite good, but didn't make me look for the author again.
Published 23 days ago by Mrs. K. M. Reaney
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear
Don't waste your time with this. Very poorly written - constantly states the obvious, thus assuming the reader needs everything explained.
Published 27 days ago by Debbie Fallaha
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 29 days ago by Avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful story great plot couldn't put down
Published 1 month ago by Mr. John Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much waiting?
Maybe a bit harsh with 3 stars, but the book loses it way and an essentially good story becomes long winded.
Published 1 month ago by daveherts
3.0 out of 5 stars an OK tale
a fast moving story , but I shan't seek this author out again.
Published 1 month ago by Peter B Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense thriller
This is a great story which had me hooked from the first with twists and turns throughout it is a mystery read. If you like suspense thrillers I would recommend this book
Published 1 month ago by D newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Simon Wood excellent author writes with pace
Published 1 month ago by Jean T.
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