Quirky and often comical, The Fall Guy by Simon Wood still manages to keep you wondering what is going to happen next. This highly entertaining book keeps you intrigued by following Todd Collins on a journey around the western US, managing to get himself into one tragic situation after another.
Todd falls on a bit of bad luck when he hits a parked car; this mis-step is compounded by his poor decision making when he decides not to let the owner know about the accident that was clearly his fault. His error kicks off a set of events that take is somewhat ‘failure’ life into a tailspin when approached by a mobster-type who decides that he owes him for the situation.
As Todd tries to make things right from the initial incident he encounters new people and a series of situations, each worse than the one before. His track record for failure seems to have ceased as be begins to succeed in his new career of criminality and escaping these situations.
Wood manages to incorporate a wide range of characters and situations into this quick read. While it’s not the best book you’re likely to read this year, it’s worth the time to run through the quick novel for a laugh here and there.
Title: The Fall Guy
Author: Simon Wood
Paperback: 134 pages
Publisher: Comet Press (November 15, 2011)