Wilmington, Delaware is one of those cities that feels more like a small town. Neighbors know one another, and businesses cater to the needs of the citizenry. But what happens when the local car salesman suffers one lost sale too many, when one more customer decides to buy from the competition because the price is too high, interest rates aren't friendly, or that shade of...more
I hated the Chinese stereotypes and the crap with "Confucius say". It just came off as racist.
The other thing that really bugged me is, he seems to hate women. Nearly all the women in this story, what little there are, are written as horrible people. They're mean, domineering, slutty, incapable of making a decision without a man, on and on. There's not one single decent female character until almost the end of the book. And then, one ...more
If I remember right, the profanity and adult scenes were kept to a minimum, if there at all. Fair warning, I've read a few books in between this one and the review. So, my memory may not be right there...
I'll look forward to Chang as a PI.
But don’t let the word “Mystery” in the series title fool you. This is not, by my definition, a mystery. Maybe the sequels are, but this book is not. Two of the most common questions I expect to have when reading a ...more
As I was introduced to the characters I started to wonder if it was purely a police crime story or something more. This feeling never left me, even on the last few pages. After thinking about it a little more, ...more
A quarter finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest, this book deserves to be looked at carefully. Most of us have purchased a car at one point or another. I doubt many of us have considered the car salesman’s point of view, let alone a psychopathic car salesman. Shamus the car salesman does not take rejection well. His reaction to rejection is investigated by the largest Chinese American State Trooper in Delaware and his emotionally vulnerable sidekic ...more
The story moved along well and I enjoyed it, however, I did get a bit distracted with the authors attempt to have the hero cop practice Chinese meditation tactics to escape the negativity of his corrup ...more
I chose this rating because it was a little difficult getting behind the characters at first. I probably would've enjoyed it more had I read previous books about these same characters. In the end the suspense was enough to keep me interested.
American detective, Chang is likable, credible and has enough psychoses to be endearing. Chang's partner, Nelson Rogers, is another likable, interesting character and I hope that this is the beginning of a series featuring the two.
The premise is scary enough--a psychotic, serial-killer car salesman and the story is told through alternating perspectives, Shamus Ryan, the car salesman, and Chang. Bew ...more
Paul Chang is a Chinese American homicide detective on the Wilmington DE police force. He and a friend were both NY City cops but resigned under cloud before singing on in Wilmington. Paul has some inner turmoil’s that he fights with the help of a old Chinese aid for his elderly mother. Shamus Ryan is a car salesman who had a very abusive upbringing and when customers give him a hard time and he looses a sale he is compelled to even the score in a very bloody manner. Its up to Paul and friend to ...more
It has a great balance of humor, shock, and action. Definitely one of those books you had to force yourself to slow down because you didn't want it to end
His first novel, Final Price, was selected as a Quarterfinalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Just released as a self-published work, it is now available o ...more