Thomas & Mercer
ISBN: 0-8439-5980-0
Out Now!


The Piper is the Bay Area’s infamous child kidnapper. When the Piper selected crime reporter, Scott Fleetwood, to report on his latest child kidnapping, Scott thought he had the world in his grasp, but he held nothing. Scott had been duped by a wannabe. By the time the FBI exposed the hoaxer, time had run out, leaving the real Piper only one course of action—to kill the child. With a murder added to his résumé, the Piper vanished leaving Scott to take blame from the public and the investigating FBI agent, Tom Sheils. But now, eight years later, the Piper’s back, with very specific targets in mind—Scott’s young children. Scott can have his children back as long as he can pay the ransom. The hard part is that ransom isn’t measured in dollars, but in blood.

PAYING THE PIPER…some debts can’t be repaid.

The book is now available in paperback, CD, MP3, ebook and audio download.

Read about the inspiration for the book here.


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What They Are Saying About Paying the Piper :

“Wood keeps the pages flying, even as his plot gets more and more complex, accelerating nicely toward an elegant climax.”
— Publishers Weekly

"Revenge fuels Wood's fast-paced thriller and the good guys deliver a winning finale.”
— Oakland Tribune

"If there is such a thing as reincarnation, I want to come back as Simon Wood, to write the wondrus books he has written ans especially to have written his new one, Paying the Piper.  I'm seriously jealous of his talent and I hate to admit that but dammit, he writes like a dark demented angel.  He is the real deal, already knocking on the door of the A-list.  He's that good....a ferocious raw artist."
— Ken Bruen, author of Jack Taylor series

"Tense, fast-paced, and near impossible to put down."
— Sean Chercover, author of Trigger City

"Simon Wood might not be a household name right now, but if his books continue at this pace he might soon be.”
— Reviewing The Evidence

“Hard to believe this is Wood’s sophomore effort.  Delightfully twisty and an amazing climax.”
— Book Bitch

“Simon Wood continues to excite readers with his second thriller's suspenseful twists and turns.”
— Fresh Fiction

“An action-packed thriller that never slows down.”
— Midwest Book Review

“Simon Wood knows how to create tension, he knows how to build three-dimensional characters, and he’s proven he can tie everything together in a high octane climax.”
— Book Browser

“Highly Recommended.”
— Fear Zone

“This is a finely crafted thriller.”
— Bookgasm