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Accidents Waiting to Happenby Simon Wood, James Langton
Somebody’s gunning for Josh Michaels. They must be. There’s no other reason why a stranger would run him off the road, taunt him with a “thumbs-down,” and leave him to die. Josh may have made some messy mistakes in the past, but who’s suddenly decided that he’s worth more dead than alive? As more and more near-fatal accidents befall… See more details below
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Somebody’s gunning for Josh Michaels. They must be. There’s no other reason why a stranger would run him off the road, taunt him with a “thumbs-down,” and leave him to die. Josh may have made some messy mistakes in the past, but who’s suddenly decided that he’s worth more dead than alive? As more and more near-fatal accidents befall him, there can be no denying it: he’s got a bull’s-eye on his back.
But why? Is it revenge? Mistaken identity? Or is it something far more insidious? As Josh runs for his life, he does his best to run down the truth. What he uncovers makes his blood run cold. But no one, not even the cops, will believe that he’s the latest victim of a sinister conspiracy determined to cash in on his corpse.
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Criminals aren't the only ones with prices on their heads. Everyone is worth more dead than alive. Josh Michaels discovers that he's simply a dollar figure when his car is forced into the Sacramento River. The person who caused the accident doesn't help, but instead flashes him a "thumbs down" gesture.
Josh survives, but the accidents don't stop. Every time he dodges one, someone close to him dies. And Josh isn't alone. Other people are dying in bizarre accidents all over the US and not one of these events holds up as an accident under intense scrutiny.
Josh's accidents unearth old skeletons. His blackmailing ex-mistress returns, demanding another pound of flesh. She threatens to expose the kickback he took to pay for his daughter's medical bills if she doesn't get paid.
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A former race car driver, licensed pilot, endurance cyclist, and occasional private eye, Simon Wood is also an accomplished author with more than 150 published stories and articles under his belt. His mystery fiction, which has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, earned him both the prestigious Anthony Award and a CWA Dagger Award nomination. In addition to Accidents Waiting to Happen, his books include Working Stiffs, Asking for Trouble, Paying the Piper, We All Fall Down, and Terminated. Curious people can learn more about Simon at www.simonwood.net.
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