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Simon Wood

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Born
in Taplow, The United Kingdom
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Raymond Chandler, David Morrell, Reginald Hill, James Herbert

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February 2008


Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He's an ex-competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot and an occasional private investigator. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. Their lives are dominated by a longhaired dachshund and five cats. In the last ten years, he's had over 150 stories and articles published. His stories have been included in “Best of” anthologies and he's a frequent contributor to Writer’s Digest. He's the Anthony Award winner and a Crime Writers Dagger Award finalist. He's the author of Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper, Terminated, We All Fall Down, Asking For Trouble, The Fall Guy, Hot Seat and Did Not Finish. His latest thriller is, The One That Got Away. He also ...more

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THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:40PM
Description: Graduate students Zoë and Holli only mean to blow off some steam on their road trip to Las Vegas. But something goes terribly wrong on their way home, and the last time Zoë sees her, Holli is in the clutches of a sadistic killer. Zoë flees with her life, changed forever. A year later and still tortured with guilt, Zoë latches on to a police investigation where the crime eerily resembles her abduction. Along with a zealous detective, she retraces the steps of that fateful night in the desert, hoping that her memory will return and help them find justice for Holli. Her abductor—labeled the “Tally Man” by a fascinated media—lies in wait for Zoë. For him, she is not a survivor but simply the one that got away.
No Show (Excerpt) (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:36PM
Description: 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.
No Show (Excerpt) (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:36PM
Description: 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.
No Show (Excerpt) (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:36PM
Description: 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
No Show (Excerpt) (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:36PM
Description: 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.
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“Post-traumatic stress is a powerful force with the ability to change us. Even the strongest of us.”
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“Shame was one of those things that had to be excised like a cancer, but it was a hard thing to remove when it was wrapped around your heart.”
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“Bums panhandled instead of getting a job. People dropped their trash on the sidewalk or tossed it from their car windows. All these actions said the same thing: my shit is more important than yours. The world was a self-centered place and he hated it for it.”
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Simon John wrote: "Simon,
Your book THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY is on my DorothyL list of "Best Books Read in 2015".

Your fan,

John Bohnert, 74
U.S. Navy veteran
Grass Valley, CA"


Thanks John. I really appreciate it. :-)

simon


message 45: by John

John Bohnert Simon,
Your book THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY is on my DorothyL list of "Best Books Read in 2015".

Your fan,

John Bohnert, 74
U.S. Navy veteran
Grass Valley, CA


message 44: by Simon

Simon Voracious wrote: "Thanks for accepting the friend request! :-)"

no probs!


Voracious Thanks for accepting the friend request! :-)


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Simon Ciana wrote: "Would you be interested in a newsletter that was dedicated to bringing Romance Readers daily deals on ebooks? Or even better the newsletter be seasoned to your Romantic tastes?

If so, Please copy..."


Thanks but I don't write romances.


message 41: by Ciana

Ciana Stone Would you be interested in a newsletter that was dedicated to bringing Romance Readers daily deals on ebooks? Or even better the newsletter be seasoned to your Romantic tastes?

If so, Please copy and paste link below and let me know.

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Thanks!


message 40: by Simon

Simon Richard wrote: "That's not e problem Simon, I'm glad you accepted me"

Well, we like the same things and you seem nice. :-)


message 39: by Richard

Richard That's not e problem Simon, I'm glad you accepted me


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Simon Sharon wrote: "Hello, Simon! I cannot tell you how honored and, yes, flattered I am that you've sent me a friend request. I thoroughly enjoyed No Show, and look forward to your posts!"

Sorry, I missed this. I'm flattered you read one of my books. :-)


message 37: by Sharon

Sharon Hello, Simon! I cannot tell you how honored and, yes, flattered I am that you've sent me a friend request. I thoroughly enjoyed No Show, and look forward to your posts!


message 36: by Simon

Simon Ryanne wrote: "Thanks for accepting! :)"

no probs...


message 35: by Ryanne

Ryanne Thanks for accepting! :)


message 34: by Simon

Simon Maldivianbookreviewer wrote: "Hello Simon,

Thank you for the friend request! :)
And you are most welcome.

I'm just glad I stumbled across your book which gave me such a memorable read after ages! :)

And just wanted to say I ..."


Great. I'm happy you stumbled across my book too. I just need a few thousand more stumblers. :-)

Glad I made you smile. I'm all about the happy.

Simon


message 33: by MBR

MBR Hello Simon,

Thank you for the friend request! :)
And you are most welcome.

I'm just glad I stumbled across your book which gave me such a memorable read after ages! :)

And just wanted to say I love the biography up on your website. Made me smile! :)


message 32: by Simon

Simon Margot wrote: "Simon,
I notice you read a book by Neil Cross. Have you watched his series "Luther" with Idris Elba? I liked the book Cross wrote as an introduction to "Luther" and I'm looking forward to Season 3..."


Yes, I did watch the show and I have the Luther book on my reading pile. :-)


message 31: by Margot

Margot Simon,
I notice you read a book by Neil Cross. Have you watched his series "Luther" with Idris Elba? I liked the book Cross wrote as an introduction to "Luther" and I'm looking forward to Season 3 on BBCA!

Margot


message 30: by Nessie

Nessie Q. The pleasure if mine sir. :)


message 29: by Simon

Simon Rick wrote: "Hi Simon, and thanks for adding me as a friend. You are on my facebook as SF area Authors as well. I hope you will check out my books and add them to your reading list."

You never know your luck, Rick.


message 28: by Rick

Rick Reed Hi Simon, and thanks for adding me as a friend. You are on my facebook as SF area Authors as well. I hope you will check out my books and add them to your reading list.


message 27: by Simon

Simon Christine wrote: "I can't do yoga and i have no pets lol"

We have a lot in common then. :-)


Christine Hatfield I can't do yoga and i have no pets lol


message 25: by Simon

Simon Christine wrote: "no problem

what do you do when your not writing books?"


I write full time, but when I'm not at the keyboard, I'm an endurance cyclist and practice yoga and pretend I'm not dominated by my pets. :-)


Christine Hatfield no problem

what do you do when your not writing books?


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


message 22: by Haylee (last edited Feb 04, 2012 08:46AM)

Haylee Your welcome!
-Haylee


message 21: by Simon

Simon Writers wrote: "Thanks for accepting. Would be fantastic to see someone as prestigious as you over on our website. If you ever want to guest blog, let me know!

Writers Unite
(www.writers-unite.com)"


I might just do that. Thanks.


E-Novelist (.com) Thanks for accepting. Would be fantastic to see someone as prestigious as you over on our website. If you ever want to guest blog, let me know!

Writers Unite
(www.writers-unite.com)


message 19: by Simon

Simon Carroll wrote: "No problem, Simon. Thanks for accepting. Maybe we'll get to talk shop sometime."

Maybe. :-)


message 18: by Andy

Andy nice to meet you here on Goodreads Simon,
I am also your friend on Facebook.
best wishes to you:)


Steve You're welcome ;) Thanks for the friendship, Simon.

Have a lovely week.


message 16: by Milton

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Benjamin Sobieck And thanks for accepting my friend request!


message 14: by Alecia

Alecia Thank you for accepting my friend's request. Happy Easter!


message 13: by Gerald

Gerald Griffin Simon, thank you for accepting me as a friend. Hope your holiday season was a pleasant one. Though the holidays have passed, may I ask you for a belated Christmas gift: would you please visit my website. www.authorgeraldgriffin.com, and sign my Guest Book. It would be a special gift to see you there!

Gerald


message 12: by Amanda

Amanda Stevens Hey, there, Simon!


message 11: by Kathy

Kathy Kulig Thanks for adding me as a friend


message 10: by Simon

Simon Laurie wrote: "Thank you for the invite Simon! I read Paying the Piper with my book club last month and thought it was fantastic! I am looking forward to reading more of your work in the future."

I'm glad you liked the book. I hope you'll like the others as much. :-)


Laurie Thank you for the invite Simon! I read Paying the Piper with my book club last month and thought it was fantastic! I am looking forward to reading more of your work in the future.


Andrea Kulman Hi there. Thank you for being a friend on Good Reads! Wow! Over 140 stories published in just 7 years?! What an inspiration!


message 7: by Karen

Karen Hi Simon - thanks for the friend invite :)

Regards Karen C



message 6: by Ilyn

Ilyn Ross Hello Simon,

Thank you for being my friend. How are you? Congratulations and good luck on We All Fall Down.

When you have the time, please visit the Happy & Brainy Group, and the author giveaways (Reason Reigns is listed).


Warmest regards,

Ilyn



Dorlana Thanks for adding me to your friends. :)
Dorlana


Michele Thanks for the ad simon. I can't wait to get my site up and running. have a playful day
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Louise Thank you for adding me, Simon.

Best Wishes,

Louise


message 2: by Simon

Simon Much appreciated. :-)


Daniel
Been to England, Simon and have added Accidents Waiting to Happen, Working Stiffs, Paying the Piper, Dragged Into Darkness and last but not least your book We All Fall Down (Our Economic System?) to my to-read list.


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