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Published by Thomas & Mercer, 15 November 2016.
ISBN 978-1-5039-4038-3 (PB)
the publisher: Olivia Shaw grew up poor on the wrong side of the tracks,
but with her thriving real estate business and a solid marriage, her life
finally feels stable . . . until she discovers her husband is cheating.
Enraged, her sister offers a solution: Infidelity Limited, a firm that promises
to rough up her husband and scare him straight. Overnight, Olivia’s life
is upended as she, like all of Infidelity Limited’s clients, is drawn into a
dark web of blackmail and murder. Now, Olivia is emerging as a prime
suspect in her husband’s death. As a dogged detective closes in, Olivia
has only one option: take down Infidelity Limited before it’s too late.
This newest book from Simon Wood grabs the reader
from page one, where Olivia, now in her forties, discovers that her marriage of
eight years is not what she’d thought, when she sees her husband literally in
the arms of another woman. The recommendation of her sister, Clare, older
by three years and “the closest thing to a friend Olivia had,” despite their
rocky relationship, feels like the right course of action, until of course it
turns out to be anything but. She is told by the aforementioned
Infidelity Limited (“a discreet service that deals with infidelity issues”) and
its owner, Roy (who was “in his fifties and had an ex-football-player look to
him”) that they “tailor our approach to your specific situation.” Or not.
Olivia is no stranger to widowhood: Her first
husband had died in a drunk-driving accident after two years of marriage.
Though there was no question at the time that it was an accident, it is only
one more reason that the cops are looking at her as the prime suspect in the
present situation, something which Roy had counted on.
As the book nears its denouement, the suspense and
actual fear of what might happen next are palpable for the reader. From
that point on, the pages couldn’t turn fast enough. I tried to imagine
how the author would wrap this up, with an ingenious plot whose end I just
couldn’t fathom. To call the book a page-turner doesn’t do it
justice. I have loved all this author’s prior novels, but this outdoes
the ones that came before. Highly recommended.
Parenthetically, I was touched by the author’s
dedication of the book to Royston, his beloved four-legged friend who died not
long ago; he also manages to get him [well, his name, anyway] onto a page in
the book – well done, sir!
by Gloria Feit
Simon WoodA former race-car driver, licensed pilot, endurance
cyclist, and private investigator, Simon Wood is the author of more than a
dozen novels, including The One That Got Away, Accidents Waiting to
Happen, and Paying the Piper. He has also penned more than 150 short
stories. Wood has won the Anthony Award for his mystery fiction and was
nominated for a CWA Dagger award. A native of the United Kingdom, he lives with
his wife, Julie, in California.
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.