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Legacy of the Dragon (A Paul Chang Mystery Book 2) by [Smith, J. Gregory]
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About the Author

A native of Washington, DC, J. Gregory Smith earned a master s degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary in Virginia and built a career in public relations before turning to fiction writing full-time. His debut novel, Final Price, made the quarterfinals of Amazon s Breakthrough Novel Award contest in 2009. He is also the author of Legacy of the Dragon and the award-winning novel A Noble Cause, which was a Kindle bestseller. He lives with his wife and son in Wilmington, Delaware.

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  • File Size: 808 KB
  • Print Length: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (March 27, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J61EXM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Steffan Piper VINE VOICE on October 16, 2012
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The follow up / second installment to Final Price, our protagonist and his partner have left the NY Police Department and have struck out on their own, throwing up their own shingle and hoping to make it work. Like Raymond Chandler, however, one doesn't necessarily have to read the Philip Marlowe stories in order to follow along, and J. Gregory Smith follows in the same vein laying out a new situation, fresh case and then proceeds to pour on the troubles like a cement truck sealing everyone together.

An interesting look at police procedure at times, gang interaction, Asian family dynamics and more enemies to shake a tree of sticks at than one could hope for. There is definitely a lot going on here, but smoothly executed throughout and compelling. The camaraderie and friendship of Chang and Nelson is likely the most interesting aspect of the book and something that will definitely haul in the readers over time. Chang is seemingly straightforward, quick and intelligent while Nelson is odd, awkward and engrossing to read. The dynamic between the two men is written deftly and fast-paced.

I was fooled a bit in trying to figure it all out, and determine what was what, which is a testament to the author who actually pulled the wool over my eyes. There's an element to the book which is equally fascinating and very different. Certain aspects of Chang's personality and behavior are unexplainable, even to himself, yet the story circles around and surprises the reader. Traces of Marlowe, traces of "Jack's raging bile duct" -- and a cup of coffee set the story up as one clever book.

Highly recommended.
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This is the kind of sequel which has spurred me to read the first novel. "Legacy of the Dragon" is original, featuring characters which grew on me slowly but surely. This book isn't exactly an authentic police procedural, but the plot doesn't suffer for it. I liked Paul Chang very much, perhaps because his struggles to control his "inner dragon" are similar to what many good cops face. The writing is crisp, paced just right to keep my attention, and there are plenty of memorable lines. It turns out that I already have the first book in the series, "Final Price", on my Kindle, which means I will begin devouring it as soon as I finish this review.....(Hence its brevity!) READ THIS NOVEL!!!!!
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"Legacy of the Dragon" is J. Gregory Smith's second book featuring Chinese-American former policeman and now PI Paul Chang, though it isn't necessary to have read "Final Price" to enjoy this novel. It moves quickly, and manages to keep track of a large cast of primary and secondary characteres. Chang is a likeable hero, even if there is a prominent and growing body count associated with his adventures.

Without spoiling a convoluted plot, featuring two independent sets of villains, all related to Chang's past, it is an enjoyable book with a satisfying conclusion, even if good guys get roughed up or (in one case) killed along the way. And not many books are set in Wilmington, Delaware, though there are close ties to New York, and part of the action is located in the Grand Canyon.

This is the second Smith book I have read, "A Noble Cause" being the first. He handles action scenes well, with light touches of humor to what are basically grim stories. Though the bad guys go over the edge - waaaaay over the edge - in "Legacy of the Dragon" to the point of caricature, each member of the cast has independent traits and motivations, which adds to a story that starts fast and finishes faster.
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The Legacy of the Dragon is the second in a new series of detective tales by J. Gregory Smith. The primary detective is Paul Chang and his sidekick is Nelson, a brainy odd duck. As far as Holmes-Watson relationships are concerned, the Chang-Nelson pair have clearly unique qualities and possibilities. Some of the famed detective partnerships, such as Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, and certainly Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, the brains of the pair lie with the primary character. What makes Chang-Nelson unique is that Nelson is the one with the Sherlockian powers of deduction and observation. However, Nelson is withdrawn, skinny and socially awkward if not flat out strange. I found him very interesting. Chang is no dummy, but his unique qualities lie in his relentless quest for doing the right thing and using and controlling the 'Dragon.'

For Paul Chang, the inner dragon represents a kind of killer id, a strong psychological force that is powerful, extremely dangerous and difficult to control once released. When the dragon takes over Paul's being, he becomes the dragon with all of its power, strength and danger. Primarily reserved for use against bad guys, the dragon can pop out at night when Chang is asleep wrecking all kinds of unintended havoc--especially on the women in Paul's life. (Paul's ex refers to the dragon as a 'werewolf.') Fortunately, Chang is not stereotyped as a Charlie Chan who minces through life with a razor sharp mind and troubles with Number One Son nor as another new and promising Asian detective, Tenzing Nobu (Dharma Detective), who is part American (hippie mom) and part Tibetan (Buddhist monk dad).
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