Paying the Piper
For years, the serial kidnapper known as the Piper got rich by abducting children from San Francisco’s wealthiest families.
When crime reporter Scott Fleetwood gets a call from a man identifying himself as the Piper and offers an exclusive interview, Fleetwood jumps at the chance. But the caller turns out to be a fake, and the rash decision costs the life of the real Piper’...more
This book had some edge of your seat moments and also a lot of What Ifs? Or What would you do? I also figured something out early, but thought it was a gr ...more
Crime reporter Scott Fleetwood involved himself in trying to bring “The Piper” to justice. The Piper earned his reputation by kidnapping children from the wealthiest families asking for millions, and always getting it for the return of the child. But in this case something goes wrong and the boy is killed. Now, eight years later, The Piper surfaces again, this time kidnappi ...more
The stress level was incredible and was continually getting stronger as the pages flipped by. Very strong characters, a nice description of San Francisco and the Bay Area, and heart stopping drama. Simon seems like such a nice guy in person, who knew the depths of his talent?
When you read the blurbs about a book and see a word like "kidnap", I kind of get an inward groan, much like, ”ugh . . . another one!" I didn't get that vibe from this one. I could tell from the start it was going to be different, and, it definitely was -- and well worth reading!
Excellent, rather unique storyline, with a family falling victim to another's hate. All the characters were written to be ...more
I can't say enough about Simon Wood! About a year ago I stumbled upon one of his books because of my Kindle Unlimited plan. I got it free. I didn't think it would be that good if it was free. But I was blown away by what a great Mystery & Suspense writer he is. I finished the book in about 5 hours and started searching for more of his books.
I just downloaded Paying The Piper and started reading it. You can not put this book down! It starts off right in the middle ...more
This is another fantastic, engaging thriller written by awesome author Simon Wood. In this story Scott Fleetwood is a reporter for San Francisco Independent newspaper. He and his wife, Jane, have two young sons, twins Sammy and Peter, who attend a private school. Scott has received a call from his wife who's at the school...Sammy has disappeared. As Scott runs toward the school doors, his cell phone rings: a harsh voice, robotic and demonic... a voice he h ...more
Scott Fleetwood, who is a reporter, receives a call from the serial kidnapper The Piper. The piper kidnaps children and then releases them after the ransom has been met. Scott knows that this is the story that is going to make him famous. He quits his job and goes out on his own. Book deals, he's famous. But this turns bad quickly. When the caller is not the real Piper, but a fake and is arrested, the real Piper executes the latest kidnapping victim.
Scotts life spirals downhill as e ...more
Scott Fleetwood is a journalist who covered past kidnappings by 'The Piper.' Now his own child has been snatched. Tom Shiels, the FBI agent assigned to the case, also has personal issu ...more
If you want to read a suspenseful book, pick up a Simon Wood novel. He's a master at twists and turns in his books.
"Paying the Piper" starts out with the return of a serial kidnapper - after a hiatus of eight years. Scott Fleetwood, a crime reporter, was duped by a fake kidnapper eight years ago and feels incredible guilt that a little boy was killed at that time. The real Piper is back and has kidnapped one of Fleetwood's twin sons and the storyline really goes o ...more
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Wasn't overly keen on the narrator but that's just a personal choice of course. I read the Kindle version als ...more
Scott Fleetwood has lived with the guilt of the Piper's last abduction eight years before. He had thought like a journalist rather than a human being and hesitation cost a child's life. The note pn the victim's chest - "You are to blame" - said it all, but now, eight years on, the Piper brings it all much closer to home when he takes one of Scott's twin sons.
This story really is a roller coaster ride and there are some elements further do ...more
this was a very exciting and fast moving book.the main character is a kidnapper who kidnaps children from rich families, he got away with it seven times but had to kill the last kid when a newspaper reporter was duped by a man who mimicked the kidnapper known as the Piper. 8 years later he is terrorized by the Piper when his kids are apprehended by piper. then the real fun starts. definitely a page Turner. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Obviously very well researched love the characters. This is the 4th Simon Wood book I have read all unique and all absolutely riveting. I will be reading many more by this author.