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Did Not Finish Hardcover – Sep 1 2011

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crème de la Crime (Sept. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780290071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780290072
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.3 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,055,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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While I enjoyed the automotive bits to the story, the character development was tedious and the dialogue wooden. The "mystery" quotient was weak with the story resembling a plot that might have been better as a "Charlie's Angels" episode.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b58c960) out of 5 stars Simon Wood's books....better and better! May 1 2012
By Biblioholic - Published on
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I have read Simon Wood's other books and have enjoyed them. I saw that this one was about car racing, so I held off reading it. I finally decided to read it! Wow, I am sorry I waited to read it. This was really a good story, very enjoyable characters, and really hard to put down. The book does cover car racing in England, but it is much more a mystery with lots of action and suspense. This is a great start to a new series and Aidy Westlake is a very interesting and likeable character, along with his grandfather and best friend. The bad guys are very nasty characters that you love to hate. I highly recommend that if you like good mysteries with lots of action and suspense, then get this one now! Now I can't wait for the next in the series to come out!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b58c9b4) out of 5 stars So suspenseful! More, please! Nov. 22 2013
By Ellie's Reads - Published on
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When I cracked this book open (figuratively--think Kindle) I knew nothing about British motor racing or racing in general. I didn't know anything about engines or pit crews. But I know a good book when I read one, and a good writer can interest me in almost any subject. This book is a terrific thriller, well written, fast paced, and incredibly descriptive without being bogged down in technical detail. Aidy is a grand lead character and the kind of guy you wish you could meet in person and share a coffee. His background story, key to who he is, makes him even more interesting and engaging. And I love his sidekicks, who are such an important part of Aidy's life and the tale itself.

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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b58cc90) out of 5 stars Did Not Finish (Aidy Westlake #1) Feb. 15 2014
By Knobby - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5911d4) out of 5 stars "The Hunt For Justice" April 6 2015
By Nancy L. Silk, Author/Reviewer - Published on
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This is the first book in this series, a mystery set in the sport of speed racing in England. It's as fast paced as the cars on the track! Aidy Westlake is a young race car driver. His pit crew consists of friend Dylan and his grandfather, Steve. Steve is the brainiac as he's been involved in racing since the mid-sixties. Alex Fanning and Derek Deacon are vying for the West Country Regional Championship. Derek is going to extremes trying to win his 10th championship. Aidy wasn't too concerned about who will win. His standing is 6th and his engine needs a total overall. Besides, he's out of cash, using up all his sponsor's money. The night before the race all the teams meet and socialize sharing fruit juice or soft drinks. Any consumption of alcohol could prevent their opportunity to race the next day. The after-the-race party will be a whole lot different. Anyway, rumors are going around that Derek is going to perform some mischief on the track to prevent Alex from winning. It wouldn't be the first time for this big, tough guy. It's rumored that Derek also has connections to organized crime. Then, the day of the race, Alex crashes with Derek's car and is killed. There is no evidence of murder ... only an accident inquiry. Aidy believes it is murder. He explains to his granddad, Steve, the injustice of the police declaring it a mishap and closing the case. Steve agrees with Aidy's strong feelings and, along with Dylan, they plan to build a case and present facts to the police. This mystery is well written, exciting, and be careful speeding around the curves that author Simon Wood throws at you. It's a thrill ride with lots of twists and turns. This story is wonderfully crafted, and I'm ready to read "Hot Seat" the second book in this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5911ec) out of 5 stars Exciting mystery! Aug. 20 2013
By A. Marbach - Published on
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The first book of the Aidy Westlake Mystery series is Did Not Finish and it is here where we are introduced to Aidy, a youngish racer driving in the Formula Ford series in England. Aidy and his best friend Dylan- who is also half of his put crew (the other half consists of his grandfather Steve) pull into Stowe Park race circuit the night before a race. While at the track's clubhouse (bar) enjoying the company of other drivers the night before the race, Aidy hears a rumor from a fellow driver that a Derek Deacon, a competitor in the running for a record Formula Ford championship, threatened the life of Alex Fanning a driver also in the running for that championship. Thinking it was just an incident of smack talking between two fierce competitors, Aidy doesn't put much stock in the threat. Until, that is, Derek and Alex make wheel-to-wheel contact (very dangerous in open-wheel racing) during the race and Alex ends up dying as a result of the contact. Aidy can not let go of the very fact that Derek said that Alex was a "dead man" prior to the race and now he was. Desiring only the truth to what happened and justice for a competitor he hardly knew, Aidy ends up drawn further and further into an extremely tangled web of cover-ups and conspiracy that puts not only his own life in danger- but that of both Steve and Derek as well.

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!

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