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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1025 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Wood Books; 1st Electronic edition (November 16, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VWKG2C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Nickolas Cook on October 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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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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Working Stiffs, e-book edition by Simon Wood is a collection of short stories and a novella in five parts along with excerpts of two forthcoming publications.
Old Flames Burn the Brightest, the first short story is that of a crime novelist who specializes in stories where the protagonist is the criminal. His ability leads him to a most interesting encounter.
My Father's Secret, the second, is an interesting tale about a secretive father and one of his subservient sons and provides a totally surprising climax.
A Break in the Old Routine is the story of an unusual pick-up and its unexpected climax.
Parental Control is a tale relevant to every parent in today's society that provides a climax and projected sequel of action that, from a psychological standpoint, is most thought provoking.
The Real Deal is the tale of a man who established a successful business and in his waning years still wishes to remain in charge. The events that follow are fascinating.
Officer Down follows the life and thought processes of a police officer following his being bested by a punk he attempted to arrest. Again, a story loaded with psychological overtones.
The Fall Guy is of novella length and follows the activities of a born looser whose actions take him through a series of difficult and dangerous experiences.
Wood's stories, for the most part, provide interesting reading with unusual twists that bring to mind a prominent short story writer whose ability to weave similar tales I remember from my teens. Not having consciously thought of the man, or his writings, for some seventy years, the name, unfortunately escapes me. However, Simon Woods now 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. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.
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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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