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Asking For Trouble [Kindle Edition]

Simon Wood
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Book Description

Not every crime is committed with intent, but each has one thing in common: the guilty party was asking for trouble.

In “Making Ends Meet,” Richard can’t stand the idea of supporting his deadbeat in-laws anymore, so he decides to remove them from his life—permanently. Matt is ready to reform his brawling ways, but the group he joins doesn’t turn out to be a typical 12-step program, in “The Taskmasters.” “Protecting the Innocent” features Nick, who fails to heed the warnings of his girlfriend’s possessive brother. And with “A Gun in the House,” Leah refuses to move from her beloved home, leading to protective measures with disastrous results. These and six others send out the invitation for disaster—one that’s gladly accepted.

The ten taut tales in this collection from award-winning crime-fiction author Simon Wood are rife with good intentions gone bad—and bad intentions gone worse. Filled with jaw-dropping twists and turns, Asking for Trouble is a wild ride that will leave readers clamoring for more.

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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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  • File Size: 306 KB
  • Print Length: 119 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456457683
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (November 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, captivating and interesting....... May 5, 2010
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This collection of short crime fiction stories was generally entertaining and kept my interest. It was well-written and well-formatted. Although a couple of the stories seemed far-fetched, most were pretty believable and only a few pages long. Some of the protagonists in the stories were evil, some dumb, some unlucky, but all were criminal. I read this book in short spurts such as waiting in doctors' offices and in an auto repair shop while waiting for a car rental driver to pick me up. Generally, that's how I like to read short stories so that they each resonate with me and allow me to think a little about the individual stories. While I like police/detective books and mysteries, I don't like stories that scare me, such as horror books and some thrillers. This book was not scary, just disturbing when you realize that people are capable of the diabolical actions portrayed in the stories. I liked the book, will recommend it to others, and look forward to reading more from this author.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection! June 22, 2010
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I read this collection of crime and thriller stories while recovering from the flu, and I gotta say, it made me forget about my aches and pains for the entire time my eyes were glued to my iPhone's Kindle app! Seriously, the stories here are all very well written, and contain twist endings that were delightful and surprising. Wonderful premises that were well executed (no pun intended) and a collection I'd certainly recommend.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good July 20, 2010
By Matt
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I don't usually buy short stories but the premises were intriguing to me. Really glad I did cause these stories were all really good, really well written. I'll definitely be picking up more from this author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary and Edge of the Seat Action January 11, 2011
By LeJeune
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I grew up reading short stories by Alfred Hitchcock and I still read AH!!! Simon's short stories reminds me of AH. Scary, page turners and gets the hair standing up on the back of your neck. The first book I read by Simon was Working Stiffs and I was hooked. I have read all of his books and I recommend them if you like suspense and action.
My favorite way to describe him is Ken Bruen's comment "Simon writes like a dark, demented Angel". He is correct!!
Asking for Trouble will give you that page turning, edge of the seat action.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Asking for Trouble, an e-book by Simon Wood is a collection of short stories along with an introduction of some sixty pages of another of the author's books.
The ten short stories provide tales of situations where "good intentions (have) gone bad and bad intentions gone worse". Each story begins innocuously enough, but gradually descends into an impossibly difficult situation that builds to a catastrophic climax, most often of a surprising nature.
Previously I have read the author's Working Stiffs, and found it to be most interesting and enjoyable. In a review of that book I stated: "Simon Woods seems to create the same level of fascinating tales with unusual and often unanticipated endings provided by a prominent author of a long gone generation who had impressed me greatly." In this present selection, Wood again provides the same level of suspense and surprise. However, although dealing with the same type of stories, one gains the impression that in some inexplicable manner he seems to have produced a more general aura of darkness, or of the macabre . As Ken Bruen, author of PRIEST put it: "He writes like a dark demented angel." Additionally his short story entitled "Fender Bender" provides the same basic plot and identical introductory material supplied by his novella "The Fall Guy" in Working Stiffs.
To summarize, the author again has provided some interesting stories that seem to be of an even darker nature but, unfortunately, has overlooked the fact that one of them, in large part, provides material he has used in another of his publications. And again, about ten per cent of the book provides advertising for his next novel. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Short Story Collection July 11, 2011
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I read Asking For Trouble today in the "Jury Lounge" while waiting for my name to be called for my civic duties. Fortunately, I was not selected because no case could possibly be as interesting as the crimes Mr. Wood presents here. This is the first time I have read any of his work and I was very impressed by his ability to write in the short story format. Wood strips down these tales to the bare essentials, with each word carrying lots of weight. My greatest complaint, which in retrospect is probably my own fault, is that the stories seemed a bit similar when read back-to-back. By about the halfway point, I had come to expect the eventual plot twists, immoral character actions, and bleak endings. I wish I had spaced these stories out a little more so I could fully enjoy the dark tales without already being in that dark, seedy frame of mind. Overall, this is a fantastic selection well worth the bargain price tag. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not read while home alone:-) June 29, 2011
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This book is entertaining and well written with sardonic and dark humor in places. Some of the story plots seem tongue in cheek but still fun to read if you like mystery mixed with a lot of human emotion. I couldn't help mentally laughing at how the characters solved their problems. Just proves the old saying that no murder is perfect. He proves it with unforeseen circumstances.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 8 days ago by duncan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for Me
I just couldn't get into it.
Published 19 days ago by Linda Spillman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book.
Published 26 days ago by Marsha Haun
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Robert Humphries
4.0 out of 5 stars a must for short story fans
I completely enjoyed this collection. Very imaginative. Lots of twists and surprises.
I'll be looking for more by Simon Wood
Published 2 months ago by Karen Anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Does not tell you that it's a book of short stories...absolutely no mystery or excitement. If I could give it a zero that's where I would rate it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Book to Read
I love mysteries. I read all the time. This book is a good read. I recommend it for anyone who likes to read mysteries.
Published 4 months ago by Dottie Benedetti
2.0 out of 5 stars Good premises but poorly written.
I found these short stories to be a bit ridiculous and unbelievable. The premises are intriguing bit the actual stories don't seem to be grounded in any sort of reality.
Published 4 months ago by Steven C.
1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointed...
Big SW fan and grabbed this "book" without reading the summary, just the four stars as I didn't want to know the plot ahead of time. Damn, my mistake! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dynarace
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
This was just an ok book. It was a grouping of short stories. They were short enough that you can get through the book pretty quick.
Published 4 months ago by KM
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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 next thriller is THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY due out Feb. '15. He also write horror under the pen name of Simon Janus. Curious people can learn more at

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