Did Not Finish Hardcover – Sep 1 2011
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About the Author
Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He's a former competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot, an endurance cyclist 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, We All Fall Down and the Aidy Westlake series. His latest thriller is NO SHOW, the first in the Terry Sheffield mysteries. He also write horror under the pen name of Simon Janus. Curious people can learn more at http://www.simonwood.net. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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In addition to all the adventurous plot twists in Did Not Finish, and there are many, I'd have to say the suspense scene three-quarters into the story is one of the most breathtaking I've ever come across. To say more would be a spoiler. But wow!
It's my understanding the author is a former race car driver himself, and I can see how that experiences enhances the storytelling. I wish I had better words to say what I mean here as I've never thought to say this about an author before, but Simon Woods's writing is extremely complete; he can describe scenes or characters well and thoroughly, using a lot of words without there being too many. I have the sense that when he writes all the words come out in the right order, and I'm not left wanting anything except another story. So I bought Hot Seat, the sequel, right after I finished. Hoping for more Aidy, and soon.
Finally, I have read that Kirkus Reviews compared this book to British thriller author Dick Francis's book, Nerve. If you like Dick Francis--and he's one of my favorites--I submit that you'll like Simon Wood. (And if you have never heard of Dick Francis, I think you'll still like Simon Wood.) Enjoy!
Another incredible story from master storyteller Simon Wood.
The story opens with Derek Deacon threatening to kill his main rival Alex Fanning. The threat is heard by all and when Alex is killed in a collision with Derek a couple of hours later, everyone wonders if it was an accident or murder.
Disappointed with how quickly the police declare it a tragic accident and fail to fully investigate or interview witnesses, rookie driver Aidy Westlake decides to carry out his own investigation.
Although clearly intelligent, Aidy quickly finds there's a lot more to investigating crime than he thought. He is drawn ever deeper into the sinister and dangerous world of organised crime.
Time and again, Aidy finds his line of investigation leading to a dead end.
When he discovers someone has tampered with his own vehicle, Aidy is able to eliminate a a large number of suspects.
He knows that he will be risking his life, but has the perfect opportunity to discover who killed Alex Fanning.....
An early novel from Simon Wood, recently re-released on Kindle. The author's considerable experience and knowledge of motor racing is beautifully conveyed, resulting in a truly magnificent crime thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.
I'm looking forward to reading Hot Seat very soon.
I don't want to give away too many plot points of the book but while Aidy has his mind mostly made up that Derek caused Alex's death, as the reader I suspected nearly every character at some point during the book with the exception of Aidy's grandfather Steve and Aidy himself. The surprise plot twists drew me into the book and had me wondering from lap to lap (the book is divided into the laps instead of chapters- another part of it's charm) what was going to happen next. It truly made the book hard to put down.
One of my favorite things about this book was that it delves into Aidy's childhood a bit- we find out that he was raised from a young age by Steve because his parents died in an automobile accident. We also find out that Aidy's father was a race car driver as well who worked his way up through the series, finally landing a F1 ride only to die in the car accident on the way to his first race. While Aidy is trying to discover the truth about Alex's death- he is surprised at how much he is still effected by the death of his parents even though they have been gone for more than half of his young life. I adored the dynamic between Aidy, his grandfather Steve, and his best friend Dylan and I found that this dynamic made Aidy a likeable character who was "normal" enough to relate to personally.
I enjoyed Did Not Finish so much that I actually read another book (also by Simon Wood if that tells you something) before moving onto the second book in the Aidy Westlake Mystery series. I know that sounds weird- but when I really like a book that is part of a series I tend to want to hoard the last story because I know (or at least hope) I will like it as I have the others and don't want to have to wait for the next one. I guess you could say I am not patient like that.
While I am a race fan and a pretty avid mystery/thriller reader- I don't think you have to be a race fan to enjoy this book!