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“Warning: This book is 100% adrenalin. Wood is pure gold.” --J.A. Konrath, author of Rusty Nail

“A virtual virtuoso of suspense - Simon Wood layers tension until you ache.” --Elaine Flinn, award winning author of The Molly Doyle Mysteries

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.

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  • File Size: 1025 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dead Wood Books; 1st Electronic edition (November 16, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VWKG2C
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Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He's a former competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot, an endurance cyclist, an animal rescuer 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 current thriller is THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nickolas Cook on October 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
WORKING STIFFS by Simon Wood
Review by Nickolas Cook

Crime anthologies have enjoyed a great tradition in American literature. For a genre fiction, they get a heck of a lot less grief from publishing than horror or science fiction, and don't suffer from the ghetto slap from critics. Some of crime literature's best anthologies were the old Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery. Well, Simon Wood has single handedly channeled the ghosts of that fine old series of books with his newest collection, WORKING STIFFS.
The stories are quick and mean, edited down to the bone, like the best noir fiction. His characters are believable, work-a-day (pun definitely intended) types who find themselves facing shifts in their simple lives as violence intrudes. The prose is tight, clean, and gives that sense of balance that only damn good writing can provide. Wood's humor comes through in the most peculiar ways, in dialogue and descriptive passages akin to the Mathesons, Blochs, or Hunters of old. His style will seem effortless to the reader and turn every writer green with envy. Wood's years of writing tirelessly for the short story markets can be seen in this new collection.
Each of the stories has to do with the work we do- the thing that takes up a significant portion of each of our lives. But Wood examines the idea of a job as something more than punching the clock for our daily bread. There are jobs we love and jobs we hate; jobs we never see as work, and those that grind chunks of our souls away each day. He knows this and digs under the surface of his characters to expose their worn souls and lost dreams.
"Old Flames Burn the Brightest" is something MacDonald would have loved. Femme fateles can never be trusted, can they?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Debbi Mack on March 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
WORKING STIFFS is a riveting collection of six short stories (and one novella) about workplace dangers. Not chemical spills or falling beams, but the dangers of greedy and unscrupulous people looking to gain advantage over their co-workers (or even their bosses).

The protagonists range from people like the business owner taking drastic steps to hold onto his company in "The Real Deal" to the beat cop whose reputation is compromised when a street punk shoots him with his own weapon in "Officer Down" to average Joes placed in circumstances in which events spin out of control, such as the adman in the story "A Break in the Old Routine".

In the novella, called "The Fall Guy," there's a never a dull moment as protagonist-on-the-run Todd Collins is driven from one dire situation to the next while seeking revenge on a man who tried to set him up.

Wood is a master of dry humor and taut prose that builds suspense and tension to the breaking point. Plus he ends his stories with twists you'll never see coming. If you love thrillers, this anthology will more than satisfy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.T. Cummins on February 25, 2010
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On average each of us spends 200 of 365 days a year earning an income. That leaves 165 days a year to what most of us would actually consider living. In the Anthony Award winning anthology Working Stiffs, talented author Simon Wood examines the darker side of those 200 days in a collection where nefarious employees and murderous entrepreneurs make their living, well, making a killing. From Old Flames Burn The Brightest where a bestselling crime author takes researching his novels a bit too seriously, to the morally challenged protagonist of the novella length The Fall Guy who gets more than he bargained for after a fender bender with a murderous gangster, Wood shines a harsh revealing light not only on our tyrannical bosses and backstabbing co-workers, but also ourselves and our own deep, dark work-a-day secrets.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L.C. Evans VINE VOICE on April 16, 2010
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Wood's collection of six short stories and a novella will keep you turning pages and when you get to the end of the book, you will want more. The protagonists are, for the most part, ordinary guys with more than a touch of a dark side thrown in. Todd Collins, the main character of the novella Fall Guy, is for the most part his own worst enemy. His job isn't going all that great and then his attempt to evade responsibility after a fender bender gets him into trouble that should have left him dead at the hands of a vicious criminal. But Todd is smarter than his nemesis expects. Though he starts out short on street smarts, he learns as he goes along and soon it's the criminals who have something to fear. You can't help but root for him even when he crosses over to the wrong side of the law. The other stories are just as delightful. Wood's dry humor shines, especially in Parental Control--my personal favorite of the short stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Parker on May 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
... And you think YOUR worklife is the stuff of nightmares ... Simon Wood's WORKING STIFFS puts all that in perspective. I loved this collection of stories, and I'm not, in general, a fan of short stories. But Simon's a great writer: Read one short from this collection, and you'll just have to read another (rather like a box of chocolates... you can't stop after just one).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Knobby on April 12, 2014
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What an absolutely incredible collection of short stories from one of the greatest crime authors of all time, Simon Wood.

Centered around the working environment (in one way or another), this collection is dark and sinister and yet at times, is mischievously witty. As with all Simon Wood stories they are fast paced and will throw straight into the action and keep you guessing until the very end.

Of the six short stories, 'My Father's Secret' and 'Officer Down' really stand out, but for me the best is the incredible novella 'The Fall Guy'.

A definite 'MUST READ' for all fans of crime thrillers....
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