Accidents Waiting to Happen

Accidents Waiting to Happen


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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.

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What a thrill ride!
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