Book Of The Day – Working Stiffs

by Greg on February 10, 2012

Today’s Book of the Day is a bargain Kindle Mystery with a perfect rating – and it’s on sale! Working Stiffs by award winning author Simon Wood has an outstanding 5.0 star rating and is on sale for only $1.99 – save $1!

“Wood can weave a tale. I am constantly amazed by his ability to make a short story feel like a novel. I’ve read a few of his books already and if you like his books then his short stories won’t disappoint you.” Bakari A. – Amazon Reviewer



Working Stiffs
by Simon Wood
Rating: 5.0 Stars
Category: Mystery/Short Story Anthology
Price: $1.99 save $1

 

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The workplace is a dangerous place. The unscrupulous are primed and ready to take advantage of the innocent and naïve. A slight indiscretion can cost the employee everything. A new position can turn a person into someone they are not. Those at the top can be toppled and those at the bottom can be crushed.

Until now, Vincent’s father has kept one side of the business a secret from his son. Vincent is about to learn the family business. On the most important day of his career, Sam’s world will unravel when he helps a woman in distress. Todd has failed in every job he’s undertaken, but that changes when he backs into a drug dealer’s car. Now he’s in hock with organized crime and can only get himself out from under if he works for them to pay off his debt. Kenneth Casper is ailing and so is his business empire. His shareholders circle like vultures. Casper pins all his hopes on a Peruvian shaman with a miracle cure.

Working Stiffs…Some jobs are worth killing for.

The book features My Father’s Secret which won the Anthony Award for Best Short Story.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

WORKING STIFFS is a riveting collection of six short stories (and one novella) about workplace dangers. Not chemical spills or falling beams, but the dangers of greedy and unscrupulous people looking to gain advantage over their co-workers (or even their bosses). Wood is a master of dry humor and taut prose that builds suspense and tension to the breaking point. Plus he ends his stories with twists you’ll never see coming. If you love thrillers, this anthology will more than satisfy.

*******

… And you think YOUR worklife is the stuff of nightmares … Simon Wood’s WORKING STIFFS puts all that in perspective. I loved this collection of stories, and I’m not, in general, a fan of short stories. But Simon’s a great writer: Read one short from this collection, and you’ll just have to read another (rather like a box of chocolates… you can’t stop after just one).

*******

This is one collection of short stories that doesn’t disappoint! I tend to prefer anthologies rather than a selection from one author. To be honest, I get bored after one or two stories with a similar tone or premise. Not so with Working Stiffs! Every story is fresh, with twists you don’t see coming. A perfect book for mystery fans, as the protagonists of Simon’s stories are highly relatable, everyday people whose lives take a sudden Hitchcockian turn.

*******

I’ve read some of Simon Wood’s short work in various magazines and anthologies but to have the Wood worldview collected under one umbrella gives a keen glimpse into the coldly brilliant mind’s eye of the author. Wood can make the double-cross seem like the smart choice, and has the uncanny ability to get you pulling for manipulative, immoral, and utterly human characters. Wood is blazing a path out of the dark alleys of the heart and into the literary spotlight.

Get Working Stiffs here: Working Stiffs

About The Author


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 four cats. He’s the Anthony Award winning author of Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper, Terminated, Asking For Trouble and We All Fall Down. His latest thrillers are The Fall Guy and Did Not Finish. He also write horror under the pen name of Simon Janus. Curious people can learn more at http://www.simonwood.net.

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