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The Price You Pay

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  360 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
In this audacious, lightning-paced thriller, a smart-mouthed, white-collar drug dealer--a hilariously irreverent antihero--seeks revenge when an unknown enemy takes out a contract on him.

All is good in the life of Jack Price. His drug operation is the Amazon of cocaine trafficking, and no one can breach his complex security system. But then: His downstairs neighbor is prof
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Knopf
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Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: publisher, reviewed
If profanity bothers you, this is not the book for you. It's also likely that the book's loose, gonzo style will turn some readers off, but I thought this book was hilarious. Jack Price has a voice you don't hear everyday. He's a cocaine entrepreneur in an unnamed American city. His elderly neighbor Didi is murdered and he asks too many questions about it. "Someone is dead in my building. Someone is dead in my building right under my apartment. Someone is dead in my building right under my apart ...more
Liz Barnsley
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not your Grandma’s crime novelist. I have no clue who hides behind the pseudonym of Adrian Truhen but whoever it is buy that writer a drink or several because my weekend was just stolen by their creation, the indomitable Jack Price.

This book is cracking. From the opening to the closing it is brilliantly witty, indelibly violently funny and I don’t think I’ve inappropriately giggled and indeed laughed out loud at so many twisted, dark and horrible things as I have whilst reading this book. Ever.

Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, arc
Crazy Jack Price.

There's a line I've always joked about in my head. Standing on top of a bar with a broken bottle like fucking old skool is what:


I have noted before that I have a special affinity for transgressive crime fiction; in particular, books with philosophising sociopaths for main characters – Alex in A Clockwork Orange, Tyler Durden in Fight Club, everyone around Renton in Trainspotting – books that appear on the surface to b
Bryan Alexander
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, humor
This is a delightful, mad romp of a pulpy, comic crime novel. It helps if you don't mind or just enjoy bouts of extreme violence and twisted humor. If you don't, The Price You Pay probably won't work for you.

The plot concerns revenge, as the narrator, a cocaine dealer, retaliates after being badly beaten up by another criminal outfit. Said revenge kicks into high gear as Jack Price's enemies hire a group of celebrity assassins ridiculously named The Seven Demons, and our antihero must oppose the
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolut empfehlenswertes Buch!
Wir haben hier einen Drogendealer, Jack Price, dessen Nachbarin scheinbar grundlos ermordet wird. Schnell erkennt Price, dass es um mehr geht. Das Killerkommando „Seven Demons“ ist auf ihn angesetzt. Und so nimmt die Story auf einmal ganz andere Ausmaße an.
Das Buch ist in der Ich-Perspektive geschrieben, wörtliche Rede erscheint im gesamten Buch ohne ein einziges Anführungsszeichen. Das macht das Lesen anfangs ziemlich anstrengend und bremst. Gleichzeitig lockert es
Jack Price isn't your average anti-hero. He's a drug dealer, sure, but very white collar. In fact, he has his own little empire, complete with his own brand of cocaine. It's next to impossible for the police to trace any crimes to him, so he lives a relatively peaceful life running

Until his neighbor, an elderly woman named Didi, is murdered.

Naturally, Jack being Jack, he asks too many questions and earns himself a beating. When he tries to hire his friend for help, he learns th
Kendall Grey
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
John Wick walks into Shits & Shingles Gentlemen's Club and sidles up to Quentin Tarantino, who’s sucking down Golden Grain by the beer stein at the diesel-and-snot-crusted bar. They fuck each other all the hell up, without lube, taking turns bending each other over stools, throwing down on the whisky-and-piss soaked floor, against the bullet-ridden walls, breaking window panes with their cocks, taking glass splinters up their asses and slapping balls as they bang. One of them (I’m not sure w ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this all night and finished it this morning. What a violent but witty funny ride. The writing style is unique and if it doesnt grab you by the first 30 pages I'd probably put it down. It can be quite weird at times. The humour is amazing, I haven't laughed like that for a long time. Some of the action scenes are super violent. Ears being bitten off, heads exploding through fruit!! Sometimes the pacing didnt take off and I think that held it back for me from being a 5 star novel. I got thi ...more
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I could not get into this book. I almost didn’t finish it, which is not something that I do. There was some humor, but I just couldn’t get past the author’s writing style. Thought I was going to enjoy this one, unfortunately I was wrong. I was chosen to read an advance copy of this book as part of Penguin's First to Read program. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Tja, es gibt so Bücher, die werden überall gelobt. Nur hier bei mir nicht. Mich hat "Fuck you very much" sehr enttäuscht, vielleicht auch, weil die Erwartungen aufgrund der tollen Aufmachung zu hoch angesetzt waren.

Jack Price ist ein New Yorker Drogendealer. Als die Frau unter seinem Stockwerk getötet wird, stellt er Fragen. Blöd gelaufen für Price, denn nun gerät er ins Visier der Seven Demons und die sind Auftragskiller und Price ihr Ziel.

Mit einem sehr eigenen gangstermäßig rauen und fluchend
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a local businessman discovers his unpleasant neighbor (a nosy mean spirited old woman) has been has been murdered, he looks into it, drawing the attention of a shadowy cabal of elite assassins. Unfortunately for the shadowy cabal, the businessman is a nihilistic psychopath. "The Price You Pay" is a gleefully over the top revenge fantasy with preposterous ultra violence and a narrator whose voice is a cross between Phillip Larkin and a Spiderman comic.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the book baby of You Better Call Saul the tv show and Carl Hiaasen. A paternity test could easily name Donald Ray Pollock as the father and I would believe it

You would almost have to love all three parents mentioned above to like this book. I personally only lasted 2 episodes in on Saul. So there you go.

The book is going to find and have its readers. It is well done in whatever it was trying to do. I just don’t know what that was exactly. There were parts where I read several page
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Definitely one of the most ridiculously hilarious over the top books I've read in ages. But Jack Price is by far one of the most interesting characters I've read this year.
Not only is he funny but he makes for an interesting narrator.
I do hope there's a sequel in the works..
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, e-book
Insane but really entertaining
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this novel was truly an experience. The protagonist of The Price You Pay has a voice like no character I can think of other than really Patrick Bateman from American Psycho. But while that novel had a tendency to get bogged down in minutiae, this novel is completely propulsive and engrossing.

Some readers I'm sure will wince at some of the violence, pitch black humor, and "rooting" for a drug-dealing sociopath, but for me it all worked perfectly. To truly enjoy this, you must suspend disb
Travis Fortney
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great. Very voicy and took a while to get into, but once it gets rolling there's a nice grown-up-coke-dealing-psycho-killer-assassin Catcher in the Rye thing going, mixed with a bit of Elmore Leonard and a dash of Carl Hiaasen. All good things, and a propulsive if dirty-feeling plot. Four stars because by the end it all feels less fresh and gets too talky to be fully satisfying.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. It was so funny—vulgar and violent, yes, but also over-the-top funny. The unique first-person narration carries the book, and, maybe surprisingly, is sustained the whole way through. (Unfortunately, the plot falters a few times.)
Jul 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to this book. I was ready for the snarkiness. There was some in the beginning mixed with a bit of humor. However, there was not enough. This book for me suffered also from my lack of connection with the characters or the story. Without the connection, I struggled to find anything interesting about the story. In fact, the use of the "f" bomb was about the only thing that kept this book somewhat interesting. I tried and tried to stick with this book but after getting almost t ...more
Melisende d'Outremer
" ... I guess everyone's the morally conflicted hero of their own narrative am I right? .."

Jack Price is a cocaine dealer, targetted by an international syndicate of killers - the Seven Demons - and Jack's out for revenge - that's "... the price you pay ...".

The story is sassy, descriptive, mouthy, fast paced, punchy. Jack Price is a thoroughly despicable character - self- involved, egotistical, sociopathic, infallable, sardonic; creative and enterprising. There are just too many good one-liners
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-thriller
The antihero in Aidan Truhen's The Price You Pay (2018) is Jack Price, a self-reported asshole and a criminal specializing in cocaine distribution and staying under everyone's radar. Jack is not only a criminal; he is also a man never to cross. As he describes himself in his unique speaking style,
I am a fucking asymmetric criminal startup. I got limited expertise in criminal strategic warfare. I hotdesk and I outsource and I franchise, but what I mostly have is a core concept, forward momentum
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really great example of the "neo-noir" genre written by a millennial. It is also a really fun read. Jack Price is a successful commodities trader (coffee) in a large city. He moves tons of coffee beans from Latin America to other parts of the world very efficiently. When you have a logistics skillset like that, you can diversify into other lucrative commodities like cocaine. Baby boomers tend to associate coke dealers with armies of armed thugs, illicit warehouses and fleets of covert ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I received this book for review. Once I got past all of the "I" statements it was a pretty great book. When your creative writing teachers drill that into your head to not start your stories out like that it kind of really shows up when reading other people's work. It was a little hard for me to get past I won't lie. The summary of the book is obviously what made me decide to review it. It kind of sounded a bit like something I've never heard of before and
Jessi Brewer
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Price You Pay
Aidan Truhen
This book is probably one of the most interesting books I have ever had the privilege and pleasure of reading. In terms of character attitude and voice, in the narrator. Jack Price is a tuff guy. It's clear from the start he is the kind of guy that speaks his mind and doesn't take BS from anyone! He's snarky and cocky and hilarious! The novel doesn't take its time getting into the action either! Aiden Truhen's 'The Price You Pay' starts off immediately throwing punch
Tim Niland
Jack Price in a mild mannered cocaine dealer in the UK, staying underground and using the vastness of twenty-first century technology to expand his business and stay of the radar of the local authorities. But when his elderly neighbor is murdered gangland style, and then he is beaten half to death for looking into the matter, it's clear that things have got to change. Jack has really pissed somebody off, because they have hired the Seven Demons assassins guild to put him out of business permanen ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Penguin's First to Read Program for the advanced read.

WTF! What did I just read.

The writing is how I would imagine reading a mind would be like. All over the place, ramblings, and thoughts no one should hear but you.

The story is pretty simple, Jack is not the best guy but he has even worse people after him. And we go through his life of dealing with these people.

Simple yes? BUT the manner in which he deals with them is not so simple. I mean this needs to be a show. You will get the
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Essentially: this book is crazy, in a really good way. This is the story of Jack Price, cocaine dealer and person too smart for his own good. When his neighbour turns up Jack freaks out as dead people appearing near him is bad for business and ends up getting embroiled in a worldwide organization of hired killers. This book is written in a weird way, where when conversation occurs, there are no quotations and nothing determining who is talking, which is off-putting at first but you get used to i ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, thriller
Wie abgefuckt ist denn bitte dieses Buch? Und das meine ich nicht mal negativ.
Aiden Truhen hat es echt geschafft mich mit seinem ganz speziellen Schreibstil sehr sehr schnell in den Bann des Buches zu ziehen.
Ob all die Methoden wirklich möglich sind, die der Protagonist Jack an den Tag legt, um dem Gespann der besten Auftragskiller zu entkommen, ist fraglich. Aber in jedem Fall einfallsreich und das eine oder andere Lächeln hüpfte mir da schon mal übers Gesicht, wenn einer von denen das Zeitlich
Christy Kirk
Sep 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I discovered this book in one of those ‘great books for the summer/beach’ lists and decided to check it out. The story seemed intriguing and I love a good anti-hero. Alas, Jack Price didn’t measure up. He’s a drug-dealer, the Amazon of dealers, when a neighbor’s murder puts him in the crosshairs of the Seven Demons. Aidan Truhen’s writing style is like being in the head of a cocaine user—frantic, fragmented, and ultimately exhausting. I see so many have enjoyed this book but I found the writing ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jack Price is a drug dealer. He's not especially proud of this fact but figures he watches what he does and is careful with his enterprise. That is until the woman, An old woman, in the apartment below him is murdered execution style. This starts him on a quest to find out why and if he was the intended target.
I obviously was not as enthralled with this book as everyone else. I probably would recommend it to a few people I know that would enjoy it. The punctuation, or lack thereof, made it hard
Ed Mckeon
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As preposterous as this crime novel is, it is impossible to put down. Truhen, which, it is surmised, is the nom de plume of Nick Harkaway, has created a character who is a brilliant, despicable sociopath who is the head of a cocaine distribution network that has allowed him to be independent of any other support. The novel is told entirely in the first person. His voice is unique, brash and as stylistic as any character created by Tarantino or Peckinpah. The violence is as creative as it is cart ...more
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