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Paying the Piper (Fleetwood and Sheils) Paperback – November 13, 2012
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About the Author
Anthony Award–winning author of a dozen books as well as over 150 published stories and articles, Simon Wood is an ex–race car driver, a licensed pilot, an animal rescuer, an endurance cyclist, and an occasional private investigator. Having dealt with dyslexia from an early age, Wood’s ambition has been met with rave reviews for his previous publications, including Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, We All Fall Down, Terminated, Asking for Trouble, and The Fall Guy, among numerous others published under his horror pseudonym, Simon Janus. Originally from the UK, Wood moved to the US in ’98 to share his world with his American wife, Julie—and a longhaired dachshund and four cats.
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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 great red herring then got blindsided by being right!
8 years ago Scott Fleetwood was an up and coming reporter when he gets the call of a lifetime from the man known as The Piper who has kidnapped 8 children and is offering Scott an exclusive, but what he thinks is his big break turns out to be a crank call that causes the death of the Pipers current victim. The Piper has never killed before and there is a note on the boy’s chest saying ‘You’re to Blame’. And everyone blames Scott including the FBI, the public, the family and The Piper. And now 8 years later one of Scott’s twin boys has been kidnapped by the Piper but this isn’t the Piper’s MO this is revenge and it’s personal.
This book had a lot of twists and turns, and since this time it’s personal the Piper is asking a lot more than money of Scott he wants him to pay in more ways than one. I really liked how strong of a relationship Scott had with his wife, Jane and I truly felt the pain of poor Peter whose twin was fooled into getting into a car with a stranger while he was told he couldn’t come, so heartbreaking. All of the side characters in this book were very well developed including all the FBI people I especially like the way Agent Guerra handled matters with the family and how good she was with Peter. Even Agent Sheils who at first wasn’t very professional grew on me eventually.
I don’t want to give anything away so I will just say this was a great thriller, I plan to read everything Simon Wood has written and think he is right up there with Coben in writing a good thriller.
4 ½ Stars
Kris from Alaska
If there were an award for most twists in a thriller, this one would be a prime candidate! The fast-paced, action-packed story increases in complexity with each twist, and it's really hard to put down. I found I cared about the characters, too, because they, and their emotions (guilt in particular), were so vividly portrayed. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a top-notch thriller.
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A book that keeps you interested and turning those pages. Not really great but a good read.