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Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He's a former competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot and an occasional PI. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. Their lives are dominated by a longhaired dachshund and five cats. He's the Anthony Award winning author of Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper and We All Fall Down. His next thriller, Terminated, hits bookshelves next June. He also write horror under the pen name of Simon Janus.
on Oct. 12, 2010 :
Wood's books are always a fast-paced, lean and mean affair, and The Fall Guy is no different. Todd Collins makes a mistake by backing into the wrong car, which leads him on a life and death odyssey from San Francisco, to Dallas, to Seattle, then back home....a huge triangle of suckage.
What makes this book so enjoyable is the way Collins dances around the idea of becoming a full-fledged criminal. At times he wants to jump in with both feet but is always pulled back by some thin line of conscience. I loved how the character craved the idea of doing bad things to bad people, but always found that he didn't really want to occupy that space. He does enough to exact his revenge, and at times seems to be a hapless dude always walking into the wrong situation, but in the end he takes what he wants from the underworld and is still able to walk away guilt free.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)