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Final Price (Paul Chang Mystery, #1)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  375 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 295 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by AmazonEncore (first published 2009)
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Ed Morawski
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is priceless!

A fresh look at a serial killer - he's a car salesman!!!! Unique characters - an Asian for a change and his dysfunctional but sensitive sidekick Nelson. And all steeped in sly dry humor (which obviously some of the reviewers of this book didn't get). In one scene Chang and Nelson are getting tea. The clerk calls out: "3 Percent". When Nelson returns from getting his drink, Chang asks him what that's about. He replies he told the girl she had so many metal piercings her ch
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. The characters were diverse, developed and can easily be made into a series that would interest me.

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.
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't impressed by this book although it had pretty good ratings. It just didn't hold my interest and it was one of those you just can't wait for it to be over. I think the author tried to make it interesting with gory details but it just didn't flow well for me.
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting mystery with a good premise. However, I didn't like the author's use of stereotypes. Not my favorite, but not bad.
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
When I started this book, I didn’t realize that it was the first in a series -- the Paul Chang Mystery series. It appears the next book is Legacy Of the Dragon and the third book is Send in the Clowns. However, this book stands completely on its own -- the ending wrapped everything up.

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
Mark Stevens
The premise of “Final Price” is interesting. When I realized (very soon into the book) why Shamus Ryan is leaving a trail of murderous mayhem in his wake, it seemed like an interesting and fresh motivation for a killer. Shamus stands in for everyone out there in sales or customer service land who is tired and angry at the way they are treated by an uncivilized, impolite and inconsiderate society. So, Shamus kills. Shamus kills with regularity. Shamus kills over and over. Potential readers should ...more
William Bentrim
Oct 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers
Final Price by J. Gregory Smith

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
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-library
In the case of Shamus, when life hands you lemons, you grind them into someone's face. You know, after you have murdered them.

Shamus is a car salesman with problems. Those problems being his potential customers skipping out on a buy after he put in time, effort, and killer deals on the table. When he can't close the deal and the customer finds somewhere else to buy a vehicle, costing him his pride and commission, he is calm. Until he's off work, anyway. That's when the anger hits, and he looks
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Not half bad, for what I paid for it, and for having a cover that looks like a Trapper Keeper I used to carry back in like '90. This was given away for free to anyone who had a Kindle, about a year ago. I figured maybe that was because they didn't feel right charging for it, given its quality, but now I've come to suspect that they were trying to generate interest in the two books this guy has released subsequently. Final Price is a strong foundation for a career as a guy who sells $3 mystery no ...more
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This poor book had been sitting on my TBR pile for awhile. Actually, so long that I couldn't remember what had tempted me to purchase it in the first place. With a little guilt that the book had been neglected I started it with out knowing much about the story (this I had also forgotten).

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,
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Prior to writing fiction full time, Greg Smith worked in public relations in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. He has an MBA from the College of William & Mary and a BA in English from Skidmore College.

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
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