Tuesday, April 5, 2011

This mystery thriller kicks off with the kidnapping of a journalist's son. Read a free sample of Paying The Piper without leaving your browser!

Simon Wood's stories have appeared in Thriller 2, edited by Clive Cussler, and been nominated for an award by the Crime Writers Association.  He has 16 thrillers and mysteries in the Kindle Store, including this gripping novel about the return of a serial kidnapper bent on revenge.

By Simon Wood
5.0 Stars  -  19 Reviews

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Praise for Paying the Piper:

“Wood keeps the pages flying, even as his plot gets more and more complex, accelerating nicely toward an elegant climax.” — Publishers Weekly 

"Revenge fuels Wood's fast-paced thriller and the good guys deliver a winning finale.” — Oakland Tribune

Simon Wood "is the real deal, already knocking on the door of the A-list. He's that good....a ferocious raw artist." — Ken Bruen, author of Jack Taylor series

"Tense, fast-paced, and near impossible to put down." — Sean Chercover, author of Trigger City

"Simon Wood might not be a household name right now, but if his books continue at this pace he might soon be.” — Reviewing The Evidence 

“An action-packed thriller that never slows down.” — Midwest Book Review

Here's the set-up for Paying The Piper:

The Piper is the Bay Area’s infamous child kidnapper. When the Piper selected crime reporter, Scott Fleetwood, to report on his latest child kidnapping, Scott thought he had the world in his grasp, but he held nothing. Scott had been duped by a wannabe. 

By the time the FBI exposed the hoaxer, time had run out, leaving the real Piper only one course of action—to kill the child. With a murder added to his résumé, the Piper vanished leaving Scott to take blame from the public and the investigating FBI agent, Tom Sheils. 

But now, eight years later, the Piper’s back, with very specific targets in mind—Scott’s young children. Scott can have his children back as long as he can pay the ransom. The hard part is that ransom isn’t measured in dollars, but in blood.

About the Author:

Simon Wood is an ex-racecar driver, a licensed pilot and an occasional private investigator. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. A longhaired dachshund and five cats dominate their lives. He's had over 150 stories and articles published. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines anthologies, such as Seattle Noir, Thriller 2 and Woman's World.

 He's a frequent contributor to Writer's Digest. He's the Anthony Award winning author of Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper and We All Fall Down. As Simon Janus, he's the author of The Scrubs and Road Rash. His latest thriller, Terminated, is out in mass paperback with a new short story collection, Asking for Trouble, out later in the year. Curious people can learn more at simonwood.net.

Simon is a transplant from England, residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Simon is a proud member of both the Mystery Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. 

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