Simon Wood
Paying the Piper

Paying the Piper

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Fleetwood & Sheils Thriller #1

The Piper is the Bay Area’s infamous child kidnapper. When the Piper selected crime reporter, Scott Fleetwood, to report on his latest child kidnapping, Scott thought he had the world in his grasp, but he held nothing. Scott had been duped by a wannabe. By the time the FBI exposed the hoaxer, time had run out, leaving the real Piper only one course of action—to kill the child. With a murder added to his résumé, the Piper vanished leaving Scott to take blame from the public and the investigating FBI agent, Tom Sheils. But now, eight years later, the Piper’s back, with very specific targets in mind—Scott’s young children. Scott can have his children back as long as he can pay the ransom. The hard part is that ransom isn’t measured in dollars, but in blood.

PAYING THE PIPER…some debts can’t be repaid.

For the story behind the story, see Not Getting Away With It

The 1st Book in the Bay Area Quartet

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Book Reviews

Paying the Piper 5.0

“Wood keeps the pages flying, even as his plot gets more and more complex, accelerating nicely toward an elegant climax.”

— Publishers Weekly

Paying the Piper 5.0

"Revenge fuels Wood's fast-paced thriller and the good guys deliver a winning finale.”

— Oakland Tribune

Paying the Piper 5.0

"If there is such a thing as reincarnation, I want to come back as Simon Wood, to write the wondrus books he has written ans especially to have written his new one, Paying the Piper. I'm seriously jealous of his talent and I hate to admit that but dammit, he writes like a dark demented angel. He is the real deal, already knocking on the door of the A-list. He's that good....a ferocious raw artist."

— Ken Bruen, author of Jack Taylor series

Paying the Piper 5.0

"Tense, fast-paced, and near impossible to put down."

— Sean Chercover, author of Trigger City

Paying the Piper 5.0

"Simon Wood might not be a household name right now, but if his books continue at this pace he might soon be.”

— Reviewing the Evidence

Paying the Piper 5.0

“Hard to believe this is Wood’s sophomore effort. Delightfully twisty and an amazing climax.”

— Book Bitch

Paying the Piper 5.0

“Simon Wood continues to excite readers with his second thriller's suspenseful twists and turns.”

— Fresh Fiction

Paying the Piper 5.0

“An action-packed thriller that never slows down.”

— Midwest Book Review

Paying the Piper 5.0

“Simon Wood knows how to create tension, he knows how to build three-dimensional characters, and he’s proven he can tie everything together in a high octane climax.”

— Book Browser

Paying the Piper 5.0

“Highly Recommended.”

— Fear Zone

Paying the Piper 5.0

“This is a finely crafted thriller.”

— Bookgasm