Accidents Waiting to Happen

Accidents Waiting to Happen


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Accidents Waiting to Happen by Simon Wood, James Langton

Josh Michaels isn’t wanted dead or alive—just dead. That fact becomes shockingly clear when a stranger runs his car off the road. Instead of a helping hand, the man gives Josh a “thumbs down” and abandons him to what is almost certainly a watery grave. Luckily, Josh cheats death…this time. But when more harrowing “accidents” threaten his life, it’s clear he’s a marked man.

Are his past mistakes coming back to bite him? Or is something more sinister afoot? And how can he convince his family, friends, and especially the cops that he’s in danger? The harder Josh fights to stay alive, the more determined his unknown enemy is to see him dead. And the deeper he digs for answers, the more chilling the truth becomes. As his time and luck rapidly run out, he must unmask an insidious conspiracy bent on making a killing—in more ways than one.

Nerve-jangling noir doesn’t get much blacker than Simon Wood’s top speed trip into cold-blooded murder and hot-blooded vengeance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612184029
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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

Read an Excerpt

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.


In a desperate race to keep his crime a secret, rid himself of his blackmailer and hold onto his marriage, he must discover why there is a target on his back.

What People are Saying About This

Anneli Rufus

What a thrill ride!
— Literary Editor, of East Bay Express

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Accidents Waiting To Happen 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as it kept me on the edge of my seat. It was the first book I have read by this author, but I look forward to reading another.
PHewPD More than 1 year ago
Fast pace, lots of action. I enjoyed it.
will608 More than 1 year ago
What happens when a normal everyday guy suddenly realizes someone wants him dead and the cops don't believe him.You'll find many twist an turns but it keeps your interest.First book of his I read but I highly recommend this book.
N_M_K More than 1 year ago
Really pulls you in immediately. Great pace and action. Characters are likeable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 1 day & it was really good. The main charecter is less than perfect & he gets into alot of hot water. I strongly suggest buying this one.
LisaB95 More than 1 year ago
Well, Simon Wood did it again! This book had me flying by the seat of my pants. It's like seeing some really horrific picture or terrifying movie scene where you want to make it stop but at the same time you can't seem to look away because it's so morbidly fascinating in some strange way. I always ask myself why I keep reading/listening but I can't help it. His work leaves me traumatized, but in a good way lol. By the end of this one, I think I was suffering from Stockholm syndrome because I was starting to have compassion for The Professional. I wasn't crazy about Josh's wife. I can see her being upset and maybe not being able to forgive but seems like she didn't care that he was in danger. I could never guess where the author was taking me. That's one thing about his books, they are always full of surprises. The ending was AMAZING! I never expected the way this ended. I had to sit back and close my eyes for a second to let it all sink in. You will cuss, you will cry but you will also be punching the air screaming "YES"! If you are listening to this in audiobook form, you will love the narrator. I think he is my favorite out of all Simon's narrators. Very good at doing voices. **Just a side note here, I can't understand the one star reviews on here. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion. But let me say this, don't base your purchase of this book on the one star reviews. Yes you know who the killer is and why. The biggest thrill is seeing how it all plays out and if they are stopped and also, who close to Josh has to die. I'm not paid to write this review and I'm not reading/listening for free. I found Simon Wood's books on Kindle Unlimited which also happens to offer the listening for free with it. If you like Stephen King, you will LOVE Simon Wood. He is even better than King.
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Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Having enjoyed another Simon Woods book (Terminated) I ordered this one through the Vine program. Though not nearly as good as the other book, this is a decent thriller. The author kept the reader involved from the opening chapter to the end. Josh Michaels is driving home after a successful business meeting when a mysterious car runs him off the road and into the river. Josh thinks it was an accident and when the other driver gets out of his car Josh is thinks he is coming to save him. Instead the other driver gives him a thumbs down and leaves Josh to his drowning doom. Josh is still able to save himself but is haunted by what the man did. When Josh is well enough, Josh tells his tale to the police. The police do not believe Josh's story for a second and think there is a lot he isn't telling them. Josh just lets it go, knowing there will be no closure on this. Little does he know but the incident is related to something Josh did in the recent past. Also, the bad guy will continue coming after Josh until he finishes the job. Meanwhile the reader learns Josh has other secrets and some of them threaten to come to the surface as a woman he had an affair with, resurfaces to blackmail again. Apparently, she had done something like this before and Josh had paid her off. Now she is back. So now Josh is facing both a blackmailer and a killer and Josh does not know if the two things are connected. The book goes through a lot of twists and turns as more is revealed to the reader and Josh faces more perils. The story never seems to get boring and does rate an above average thriller. Two things prevented me from rating the book higher. First josh is basically not a nice guy and he has done some bad things in his past. He claims that the bad stuff is behind but there are some instances where Josh's anger forces him to do things that go way beyond what an "ethical" person would do. Secondly, Josh just does some things that are so "stupid" that you feel like putting a "kick me" sign on his back. These things made it sometimes difficult to root for him and sometimes I felt that he needed to pay the piper himself.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this until the last 35 pages. Way over the top in believability. Still, a good story well told.
Button14 More than 1 year ago
Was a good read, looking forward to reading more of Simon Wood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first book by Simon Wood, I'm hooked
oldrip More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book. The characters were real and it a very interesting story line. Thumbs up to the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excessive details and having main character repeat the same information to other characters is a sad attempt to make a short story into something it clearly is not, in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were a lot of negative reviews of this book, But I read it anyway. Did he get what he deserved? - who knows! But it teachs that every action has a reaction that's for sure !
NookaholicAC More than 1 year ago
Great book. It reeled me in on the first chapter and kept me on the line til the end. Kept me guessing with lots of twists and turns. I did not like Josh, the main character. He is a liar, cheat, and thief. The excuse that his daughter was ill and he had to pay the bills, did not fly with me. However, I did like his wife, and his best friend Bob. They both went above and beyond. I plan on buying more books by Simon Wood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth reading. Gets better and better. Could not put it down during the last few chapters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book. He's done it again. A little to much blood , but I would most assuredly recomend it if you like excitement!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, like all of Simon Woods' books, was excellent and driven with a sense of urgency in the plot. Definitely worth the time to read. The characters are very believable and well developed, so much so that I can visualize them. The dialogue between the characters is realistic. I have really become a fan of this author. Hope he keeps writing for a long time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
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