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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843963670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843963670
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 6.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,209,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"This author is a master at taking a simple situation and making it suspenseful." --Midwest Book Review

"Simon Wood takes the idea of workplace harrassment to terrifying levels."

"Grabs your heart and squeezes."
--Fresh Fiction

"The tension is unbearable and it gets worse as the pages fly by."
--I Love A Mystery

"Another winner for Simon Wood."
--Spinetingler Magazine

From 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.

Customer Reviews

This book started off interesting and then became unrealistic.
Janet Hunter-Moore
Just when you tell yourself you will put the book down after finishing a chapter you find yourself reading on searching for what could possibly happen next.
A very interesting novel with a lot of action and suspense ,which keeps you wanting to read and finish the book..
Howard Caywood

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Sheila L. Beaumont VINE VOICE on July 17, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a page-turner this was! I thoroughly enjoyed this story, in which Gwen Farris, Stephen Tarbell's boss at a pharmaceutical corporation, gives him a poor performance evaluation, little realizing how violently and obsessively he would react. As they're both leaving work late that day, he threatens her with a knife in the parking lot, and that's only the beginning. Tarbell is truly fiendish in his plotting to destroy Gwen's life through violence and psychological torment. He even uses his devilish cunning to convince Gwen's bosses, the security company, and the police that Gwen is the aggressor and that it's he who is being persecuted.

As if this weren't enough, Gwen also has to deal with the release from prison on parole of Desmond Parker, who assaulted and knifed her 15 years ago and left her for dead. Further complications in the plot are provided by a private security employee who is pressured into being Tarbell's accomplice, and Tarbell's brutal, sadistic father, who is dying of emphysema and at the mercy of his twisted son.

I liked the way the author conveyed the contrast between the heroine and the villain. Tarbell is a truly pathetic character in his obsessive quest to avenge the wrongs he has convinced himself have been perpetrated on him by an uncaring world, indulging in self-pity, seeing himself as a victim, and believing that everything that has gone wrong for him is entirely the fault of others. Gwen, on the other hand, is an intelligent, strong-minded, likable woman who refuses to act like a victim and courageously stands up to her persecutor.

Like all of Simon Wood's books I've read, this was a real thrill ride, fast-paced and packed with action, twists and turns, well-drawn characters, and suspense, right up to the electrifying conclusion. Highly recommended for all those who enjoy an exciting, well-written thriller.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Perednia VINE VOICE on May 23, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gwen Farris has a good life and appreciates it. She and her husband have a young daughter, who they consider a miracle baby after Gwen's severe injuries inflicted years earlier. She has a new supervising position in a pharmecuticals company and loves her job. Too bad she gave an honest employee evaluation to the office misfit.

Stephen Tarbell is more than irritated. This young Farris woman came to the company, took the job he deserved and gave him a less than steller job performance review. He's done being walked all over. After all, he's the one who really gets the work done. He's the one who the company should reward. He's the one who will get what he deserves.

And so will his new supervisor.

This is the setup to a brilliant new thriller by Simon Wood, newly nominated by the Crime Writers Association for a short story Dagger award. Tarbell first accosts Gwen Farris in the company parking lot one evening after she's worked late, pulling a knife on her. She reports the incident and a private firm is brought in to investigate, promising they will serve her Tarbell's head on a platter as long as she doesn't go to the police and is quiet. Mustn't cause any bad PR for the company, after all.

Wood employs his excellent descriptive ability to keep the story moving, to explain why Gwen doesn't go to the police for starters. There also are plausible reasons why her employer is willing to take these steps to find out exactly what happened and deal with it in this manner. And there's groundwork laid early for why Gwen is even more rattled by the attack. It's a familiar situation. Those injuries that she recovered from happened when a would-be rapist plunged a knife into her stomach years ago.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Reads to Sleep on October 5, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
TERMINATED is a nightmarish tale that begins quietly enough in the office of Gwen Farris, new head of Pace Pharmaceuticals' quality assurance department. She has just given Stephen Tarbell an unsatisfactory work evaluation. Given Tarbell's personality and family background, this is unfortunate. He believes that Farris received promotion to a job that should have been his, and this poor evaluation is the last straw. Tarbell wastes no time opening a campaign to teach Farris a lesson. One would expect him to be quickly fired and manhandled into the nearest jail cell; however, this doesn't happen.

I've read two of Simon Wood's previous thrillers (ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN and PAYING THE PIPER), so I know enough about this author to hope that if there is reincarnation, Wood isn't in creative charge. I do not want to come back as a Wood protagonist. Wood's readers catch a whiff of previous trouble in his protagonist's life, even though by the time we meet him or her, warm relationships with a spouse and children and a worthwhile job mean life is pretty darn good. This is obviously not okay with the mischief-making Wood. He grabs this likable and fairly happy protagonist and suddenly kicks the poor schmuck down the stairs, hard. Then, while Wood brings about absolute merry hell with one hand, with the other hand he slowly reveals why what happened in the past will make this particular hell almost impossible to escape. But, there are reasons why Wood's protagonist climbed out of trouble in the first place. Oh man. Wood's ingenuity in these matters is really something.

I wasn't more than a few pages into TERMINATED before I was saying aloud, "Oh no, please don't do this." A book about a man on a campaign to make a woman's life miserable can be very difficult to read.
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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 March '15. He also writes horror under the pen name of Simon Janus. Curious people can learn more at http://www.simonwood.net.

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