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Did Not Finish Hardcover – Sep 1 2011

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Product Details

  • 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: #2,307,302 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(0x9aa408d0) 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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa40b1c) out of 5 stars Auto racing gets its own mystery series! Oct. 16 2011
By W. D. Gagliani - Published on
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In this start to a brand new mystery series, horror and mystery veteran Simon Wood takes the traditional amateur sleuth approach by introducing young race car driver Aidy Westlake. On the eve of a race in a small regional British circuit, Aidy overhears thuggish driver Derek Deacon's threat against his teammate Alex, who's a much better (and dangerously aggressive) driver and likely to win not only the race but the circuit championship. Fact is, just about every driver has heard Derek's threat by race time and ignored it as typical bluster. Meanwhile, Alex has casually confessed to Aidy that he is planning to retire from racing to surprise his fiancée, who's not enamored of the sport.

When a dangerous race maneuver by Derek causes a crash that indeed kills Alex, Aidy is convinced he followed through on the threat because the slick thug also sails to victory in the race and the championship, which brings with it serious sponsorship money. Stubbornly, Aidy is driven to prove that Derek murdered the competing driver, especially when witnessing Derek's smugness. Aidy's father, a champion Formula One driver in the making had been killed in an accident that claimed both him and Aidy's mom, so the young sleuth sets out -- with the help of his grandfather Steve and his buddy Dylan -- to investigate the accident he believes is a crime. The fact that Derek seems determined to oppose his every step, the official race footage has been scrubbed, and Alex's wrecked car suddenly disappears before it can be examined, all points to a conspiracy, but why? The headstrong young driver is even more determined to seek justice when he finds himself attracted to Alison, Alex's fiancée, despite her father's disapproval. Meanwhile, Derek's methods grow more overt, and the local police detective who's assigned to the case appears to be in cahoots with the arrogant driver.

Crafting this traditional and yet unusual mystery, Wood relies on his own race car driving experience to lend it a searing realism that sets it apart. There's almost a charming Hardy Boys quality to Aidy's investigative efforts and his dogged intention to avenge his friend and bring the killer to justice, but this doesn't hamper any of the proceedings and in fact provides part of its distinctive character. Here's hoping Aidy Westlake will return to solve other racing-related crimes. Simon Wood (Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper, Terminated) continues to produce compelling thrillers and mysteries and occasionally horror, as both himself and Simon Janus, and is well-worth adding to your To Read list.

--Review by W.D. Gagliani, author of Savage Nights
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa40ae0) out of 5 stars Did Not Finish (Aidy Westlake #1) Feb. 15 2014
By Mick T - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa40fd8) out of 5 stars Simon Wood's books....better and better! May 1 2012
By Biblioholic - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a0da324) out of 5 stars Race to the Finish Oct. 31 2011
By Ted Feit - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The advice usually given to authors (and would-be authors) is to write what you know. And that is just what ex-racecar driver Simon Wood has done. He has written a mystery with motorsports as the theme; sort of a Dick Francis novel on wheels, if you will.

It all begins the night before a big race when a nine-time champion threatens to kill his rival, who is in the lead to capture the title. When the rival actually is killed during the race under suspicious circumstances in a collision with the champion, Aidy Westlake undertakes to prove it was a case of murder. Throughout all sorts of hardships and dangers, he doggedly continues his mission, until the plot inevitably takes a sharp turn.

Filled with loads of details on the racing scene and the people and equipment that make it possible, the novel moves spiritedly apace. It is filled with suspense and startling revelations, and is recommended.

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