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Asking For Trouble [Paperback]

Simon Wood
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Book Description

30 April 2011
The road to crime begins with a single decision—the wrong one. Not every decision belongs to the criminally minded. Some belong to the ill-informed, the weak and the plain unlucky. In these tales, trouble isn't an indiscriminate force of nature. It's a manmade occurrence that comes when called upon. In Making Ends Meet, Richard is so tired of supporting his deadbeat in-laws that he decides he's going to cut them out of his life—for good. Jamie Lassen is just Protecting The Innocent when he tells Chris Forbes to stop dating his sister. A Fender Bender with a drug dealer’s car puts Todd in hock with the mob and a kingpin makes Todd responsible for a much larger debt. The Taskmasters picked Matt out just at the right time. Tired of his dead-end life, he was looking for someone to help him turn his life around. These tales and others prove that ASKING FOR TROUBLE is a case of good intentions gone bad and bad intentions gone worse. Praise for Simon Wood: “He writes like a dark demented angel.” — Ken Bruen, author of PRIEST “Simon Wood packs his books with suspense, surprises & superb storytelling.” — Ed Gorman, author of SLEEPING DOGS "Wood's ability to spin the commonplace into the quirky and then into the deadly puts me in mind of Roald Dahl's gift for the same.” — The Drowning Machine “Simon Wood offers a literary roller coaster ride that thrills and terrifies on every page.” — Sean Chercover, author of TRIGGER CITY “When Simon Wood is at the wheel, hang on for a page turner.” —Chris Grabenstein, author of HELL HOLE “A supremely gifted writer.” — Jason Pinter, author of THE MARK “Simon Wood is the 'Gary Oldman' of mystery fiction.” —Tony Broadbent, author of THE SMOKE

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Product details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (30 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456457683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456457686
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

More About the Author

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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About the Author

Simon Wood is an ex-racecar driver, a licensed pilot and an occasional private investigator. Simon has had over 150 stories and articles published. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, and has garnered him an Anthony Award and a CWA Dagger Award nomination, as well as several readers’ choice awards. He’s a frequent contributor to Writer’s Digest. He’s the author of WORKING STIFFS, ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN, PAYING THE PIPER, WE ALL FALL DOWN, TERMINATED and ASKING FOR TROUBLE. As Simon Janus, he’s the author of THE SCRUBS and ROAD RASH. Curious people can learn more at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and enjoyable 22 July 2013
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I like anthologies of short stories and this is one of the best I've ever read. Every one of these ten stories is a cracker with a twist, although I guessed at least one of the endings, but even so, it didn't spoil the enjoyment. It seemed like each one was better than the one before. Most had a criminal flavour, but that's not to say that people who don't like crime stories wouldn't like them. All were original (in my experience) and refreshing in their presentation and writing style. Simon Wood is definitely an author to watch out for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 19 Jun 2013
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I really like short stories, especially ones with a twist- the last one is particularly good. After I read it, I bought one of his full length novels which was also good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Unusual Plot 17 Jun 2013
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The plot starts off very gently and then leads the reader up many false trails before a very good ending. I like the book because it made me think. Some books make the end obvious from the start. Well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime thriller 16 Jun 2013
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Not read any of these books before but worth the effort. Similar to Peter James and the like. Better than I expected forthe price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good bedtime reading 12 Jun 2013
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A nice collection of short stories each with a twist which you can sometimes see coming but nevertheless a good read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Short Story Collection 28 May 2013
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This collection of ten short stories focuses on a crime-thriller theme. There are other features that they mostly have in common. They start with characters who are seemingly going about everyday affairs in an innocent way without any obvious villainous intent. Settings and descriptions are concise and vivid, the dialogue generally realistic and snappy with tight prose. These ordinary characters inevitably find themselves in a situation that shifts into one where crime and violence intrude.

How Simon Wood achieves this is by introducing simple mistakes and errors of judgement into their lives that have the gravest of consequences. The action is necessarily taut but not devoid of impact. The stories are full of plot twists, double-crossing manipulative immorality, revenge, scams, blackmail and coercion. The reader is faced with who will actually come off worse. Is it the seemingly innocent or the villain especially as the author skilfully disguises the identity of the guilty party? The ending moments are where the major twists and irony occur and hit the reader with surprise although a few are guessable.

The stories make for excellent reading. My personal favourites are 'Making Ends Meet' where a husband loathes his in-laws, 'Fender Bender' where a man accidentally backs into a parked Porsche, 'Big Sky Kill', a kidnapping that goes horribly wrong, and 'A Gun In The House', involving an intruder into an ideal home, but they are all entertaining. A well-written compendium of short crime fiction with added thrills and suspense thrown in. An author to look out for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 31 Jan 2014
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Having read so many positive reviews I expected something more ... especially when on reviewer compared this author to Peter James. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. The stories are okay, but nothing special - useful if you want something to read in bed and send you to sleep. The "look inside" taster is misleading in that it seems to give an idea of a story that will develop into something more than it actually does. Never mind, it's okay if you've run out of sleeping tablets ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Asking For Trouble 1 Jan 2014
By Knobby
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What an incredible collection of wickedly gruesome short crime thrillers.

The collection has ten amazing tales, all different but all showcasing Simon Wood's unique writing style.

Although all of the stories are good, I particularly liked the first story, 'Making Ends Meet'. The idea of killing the in-laws must surely have crossed the mind of most of us at one time or another (at least, I hope it has and it's not just me), but this serves as a cautionary tale, demonstrating the consequences of such action. It really is a deliciously sinister tale with a wonderfully dark humorous twist at the end.

'The Taskmasters' also stood out as an exceptional short story.

It also feature 'Fender Bender'. This too is excellent, although it does appear to be a briefer version of 'The Fall Guy'. That said and done, it was enjoyable to read this shorter version of the tale.

All in all, this is one of the best collections of short crime stories that I have ever read and definitely one that I would recommend to all fans of crime thrillers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars easy reading
Easy reading, very reasonably priced. I would purchase another collection of short stories by the author for this price. Read more
Published 2 months ago by fiona gribbin
3.0 out of 5 stars asking for trouble
Whilst I don't normally read short story collections I made this an exception because of the author "Simon Wood". This was an enjoyable read with a few plot twists.
Published 5 months ago by mike makenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Asking for trouble
I only recently discovered this author and he has now become a firm favourite. This is a book of short stories. Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. Matthews
3.0 out of 5 stars Asking for trouble
Good book with some good twists and plenty of interest.
Various plots and although you see a free coming still a good read.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit predictable
Sorry, could not really get into this book. The first stories are mildly interesting but, once you have the pattern, it is too easy to guess the endings. Read more
Published 10 months ago by magoo101
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping.
Like the short stories as they are just enough to hold my interest at night when I can't sleep.Like the mystery and twist in the tale of each one. Thank you.
Published 10 months ago by Marion Craig
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
This is not the type of book that I like. I prefer full stories and not short. It was OK
Published 10 months ago by robjen417
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT
Couldn't put this book down! Well done I am a true fan of your work!! Keep them coming - BIG FAN!!
Published 13 months ago by Liane avery
4.0 out of 5 stars A good series of short stories.
A selection of good stories about a plan to commit murder in each one. Some twists and turns, but one was very predictable.
Published 15 months ago by Brum-Lady
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