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No Show [Kindle Edition]

Simon Wood
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Englishman Terry Sheffield has just arrived in San Francisco to start his new life with Sarah, the investigative journalist he married after a transatlantic love affair. But Sarah never shows up at the airport…

When Terry reports his wife as missing, the police chalk it up to a new bride with cold feet. Then one murdered woman after another turns up, all with something in common: they had exposed scandals just before their deaths…and their names appear on a list that Sarah composed. As a journalist, Sarah’s exposed her share of scandals, and Terry realizes that she’s not missing—she’s on the run.

To find her before the killer does, Terry must explore the dark recesses of his new homeland and rely on the help of some new friends. But as his search brings him closer to finding Sarah, Terry realizes she’s very different from the woman he thought he married.

About the Author

A former racecar driver, licensed pilot, animal rescuer, endurance cyclist, 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, has earned him both the prestigious Anthony Award and a CWA Dagger Award nomination. In addition to No Show, his books include Accidents Waiting to Happen, Working Stiffs, Asking for Trouble, Paying the Piper, We All Fall Down, and Terminated. Originally from England, he lives in California with his wife, Julie.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612184073
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (25 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Police Procedural 28 Jun 2013
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Never having previously read Simon Wood, I was pleased to pick up this book. I am so glad I did. This book is not an on the edge of your seat roller coaster ride but is, nevertheless, a book which grabs you and pulls you in. Terry Sheffield has arrived in America to start his life with his new bride. However, she does not arrive to meet him. The book is essentially his quest to find her, with a lot of surprising twists and turns along the way. I loved the characters in this book. Terry is well written and very much a real person. His new friend Oscar is a larger than life character and you couldn't help but love him. He provides some spots of humour. The ending is surprising and at no time did I guess it. This is a well written thriller, which is well paced and exciting. I would highly recommend it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different and intriguing, worth a read 2 May 2013
By rhosymynydd VINE VOICE
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Simon Wood was new to me but as this was the first in a new series, I thought it would give me an opportunity to look at his writing. The plot starts simply. Terry flies to San Francisco en route to join his new wife while he had sorted out his green card problems involved in a transatlantic marriage and US immigration. Terry is a British scientist, and has been promised employment by a local experimental company. He is expecting to be picked up at the airport by his new wife for the start of their new married life-adventure. She does not appear and after an exhausting flight and a long wait, calls going to automated answering, he decides to abandon the airport and make his way to his new home. Sarah is a journalist and he presumes caught up in her work. However, arriving through a dodgy back door catch (having no keys), he finds mail stacked up and messages on the answering machine indicating an absence of several days. So the plot begins...within minutes the friendly neigbourhood watch has called the local sheriffs department and the cops turn out to make an arrest at the scene of a perceived break-in/robbery. Terry is soon at the local police station making explanations which, even to his ears sound ridiculous. Fortunately they do believe his story and let him go back to the empty house. The next day he tries to report her disappearance but the local police believe she has tired of the would-be wirlwind romance and has gone to ground, probably to return at some point. Terry's new boss in not understanding and demands he report for duty. He is being pulled from all directions until he meets Oscar Mayer - not the original weenie king - but the owner of the local miniature golf, arcade and cafe. Oscar proves to be a true friend and they begin a mission to track Sarah down. Read more ›
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read 29 Jun 2013
By Lizzie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read others reviews on this before buying so my reading was slightly biased as I was looking for the things they had pointed out.
Firstly the English phrases used, they were a few insignificant words illustrating his English origins. Books with for example Germans, Russian characters etc in would do the same.
I also didn't think his workplace, a biotech company storyline was pointless- it was a sub-plot paralleling the whistle blowing of the women being investigated.
Overall it was a clever, easy read. Terry flew in from the UK to live with his American, journalist wife, Sarah. Unfortunately it soon becomes apparent she's missing. He tries to find her making a friend Oscar on the way.
There could have been more suspense built in, more twists, which is why I only gave it four stars. It did have a surprise ending that I didn't quite expect though.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curiously uninvolving 9 May 2013
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Englishman Terry moves to San Francisco to start a new life with his new wife, Sarah, a woman he hardly knows following a whirlwind romance. But Sarah is not at the airport to meet him and their new house is empty, abandoned.

So far so interesting. Except that it isn't. Terry doesn't really come to life (and how can you have a hero called Terry?) and the other characters are no better: paper-thin ciphers, moving via uninspired prose through a moderately engaging plot which, nevertheless, signposts many of its developments.

That said, it's a page-turner and if that's all you want from a thriller than you may well enjoy it. The best thing about it is the denouement, which throws up some surprises as well as one heavily foreshadowed event.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This book arrived in the post this morning. I had a quick look at it, started reading and didn't stop until it was finished. It is exciting!

Terry Sheffield arrives in San Francisco, newly equipped with job and green card, expecting to start married life with his American wife, Sarah, whom he has not seen for six months while he has been waiting for his green card to be granted. Sarah is not at the airport waiting for him. She is not waiting at home either, but the neighbourhood watch are, as he realises when the local sheriff turns up to arrest him for breaking and entering his own house.

He reports Sarah missing, but feels that he is not being taken seriously, so sets out to find her himself, with the help of Oscar, an amusement arcade owner who has befriended him. Soon the police start taking things very seriously indeed, when the body of a woman is found. Is it Sarah? Is it someone connected to Sarah? Has Sarah been abducted and killed or is she on the run. Whom of her associates can be trusted? Can the police be trusted? Is Terry himself at risk? The momentum is kept at boiling point until the last few pages until everything crashes together and we discover what has been going on.

Always with this sort of book, the final denouement tends to be a bit of an anti-climax. After all, what sort of ending could match the tension and excitement of the build up? Simon Wood has done quite well with this. It is bloody, violent, somewhat unexpected and perhaps not quite conclusive. You have to make your own mind up about some details. Having said that, I do have an argument with him. After all the mayhem is over, I felt that Terry was slightly too cool about everything.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars No Show
Interest in book ending was unexpected. Not sure I can say with any honesty it was one of my favourite thrillers but good enough to keep me reading
Published 16 days ago by jill
4.0 out of 5 stars Different.
Very good read. Rather different from the usual thrillers.
Published 17 days ago by Anthony Birmingham
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost a good read
Well-written, almost a good book. But fell far short, possibly due to the author not receiving proper feedback during the writing process.
Published 18 days ago by Paul Bentley
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great!
Too simple a story line. The 'big chase' on for ages with a rubbish outcome! Some interesting parts but mostly tiring.
Published 24 days ago by Vicki Clasper
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show!
This was a very entertaining and well written mystery/thriller. The story was well paced and gripped from the outset. Read more
Published 25 days ago by TinTiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
I don't understand those who say this book is not exciting - I read it in a day as I was so hooked on it!! Read more
Published 27 days ago by MrsG
4.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller
I found the motive behind the killings rather far fetched. However the book is well written, with a good narrative. The storyline flows well, and makes it difficult to put down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Catherine Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable nonsense
I liked the plot of this book,Terry Sheffield,living in England,has a long distance relationship with a reporter,Sarah,who lives in America. Read more
Published 1 month ago by s
4.0 out of 5 stars Readable and enjoyable
An earlier book by this author, 'Accidents Waiting to Happen', was one I was then reading and about one-third through when I accidentally left it at a friend's. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andy_atGC
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the sum of its parts
No Show has an intriguing premise, and one I could imagine playing out in an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by IWFIcon
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