For former NYPD and Delaware State Police detective Paul Chang, retiring to open his own agency with former partner Nelson Rogers should mean leaving behind politics and scapegoating. Instead, corrupt Colonel Byrd of the state police and his lackey Clyde Foley harass Chang at every turn, and their unwanted attention puts his fledgling business on the brink of bankruptcy. With the police on his back and the agency taking sleazy cases he never thought he’d have to, Chang erupts under the job’s pressures and sees his personal demon, an alter ego he calls the dragon, emerge. Only the training from his martial arts teacher and old friend Shu can keep Chang sane. But when someone tries to frame him for the stalking of his ex-wife and a journalist, the harassment turns deadly and the lives of everyone close to him are in danger. Unable to wait for events to take their course, Chang must unleash the dragon. The second installment of J. Gregory Smith's Paul Chang mystery series, Legacy of the Dragon is a riveting exploration of the profound impact the sins of the past have on our present.
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 a Quarterfinalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. First released as a self-published work, the book was signed to publisher AmazonEncore, and after a fresh edit and cover was released in November 2010.
Final Price also won First Place in the Delaware Press Association's 2010 Communication Contest (Fiction Category.)
He also had a short story, Street Smarts, published in Stories From the Ink Slingers (Gryphonwood Press, 2007) nominated by the publisher for a Washington Science Fiction Association's Small Press Award.
He lives in Wilmington , Delaware with his wife and son.
How I got the Idea for Final Price:
Although I'd like to say I took a position in new car sales to research an upcoming writing project, the truth is it was a result of PR industry layoffs.
I'd always enjoyed cars and have no trouble generating enthusiasm for the products, but it turns out I prefer discussing or driving them more than buying or selling them.
In fairness to my employer, they treated me well and I still am friendly with my old boss. Customers were, well, customers. Generations of adversarial business practice can make for some aggravating (and sometimes funny) interactions.
Twelve hour shifts on snowy winter days left plenty of time to contemplate the plot for Final Price. What if, instead of sharing war stories in the break room, a salesman completely flipped out? What if he tracked down the most infuriating customers?
Shamus Ryan was born.
I don't sell cars anymore, but when I'm buying I try to be nice to the salesman.
Just in case.