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Beautiful, Dirty, Rich | [J. D. Mason]

Beautiful, Dirty, Rich

Desdimona Green has been the name on everyone’s lips in Blink, Texas. Twenty-five years ago, at the age of 18, she shot and killed one of Blink’s wealthiest men, a pillar of the community, oil baron Julian Gatewood. The Gatewood family was considered untouchable, so the whole state of Texas was rocked to its core over Julian’s murder. But people were even more shocked to discover that Desi was Julian’s daughter and that her mother had been his lover for years.
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Publisher's Summary

A gripping new novel from best-selling author J. D. Mason about a wealthy Texas family and the one woman who holds - and will reveal - all their dirty secrets.

Desdimona Green has been the name on everyone’s lips in Blink, Texas. Twenty-five years ago, at the age of 18, she shot and killed one of Blink’s wealthiest men, a pillar of the community, oil baron Julian Gatewood. The Gatewood family was considered untouchable, so the whole state of Texas was rocked to its core over Julian’s murder. But people were even more shocked to discover that Desi was Julian’s daughter and that her mother had been his lover for years.

When Desi gets out of jail and promptly inherits millions from Julian’s estate, everyone knows that there is much more to the story - and Desi Green is the keeper of the Gatewood secrets, including what happened the night Julian died. When a famous true-crime reporter shows up on her doorstep wanting the full story, Desi agrees to reveal all, much to the horror of the Gatewoods, who will do anything to stop her. But Desi has more than a few tricks up her sleeve.

J. D. Mason is the author of Somebody Pick Up My Pieces, That Devil’s No Friend of Mine, You Gotta Sin to Get Saved, This Fire down in My Soul, Don’t Want No Sugar, And on the Eighth Day She Rested, One Day I Saw a Black King, and Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It. She lives in Denver with her two children.

©2012 J. D. Mason (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc. and Buck 50 Productions

What the Critics Say

“[J. D. Mason’s] portrayals of her characters and their innermost thoughts bring the readers right into the emotional center of the story. Those who enjoy Carl Weber and Eric Jerome Dickey will add Mason to their list of favorites.” (Booklist)

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    Danee Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-25-12
    Danee Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Kept me intrigued but..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to someone who wants a pure "drama", non-sustantial read not to my die hard J.D. Mason fans who crave depth and a little something more.


    What was most disappointing about J. D. Mason’s story?

    The ending. Some things concluded rather obvious, other things were left to a weak conclusion.


    What three words best describe Nicole Small’s voice?

    Sultry. Articulate. Semi-fluctuating.


    Did Beautiful, Dirty, Rich inspire you to do anything?

    I was not inspired.


    Any additional comments?

    Up until this point, I have LOVED most everything J.D. Mason has done. I know that it's not easy starting with a different kind of story and characters. I am bored with details about how much money something costs, designer names and descriptions of status beyond what's necessary to develop character. I am more interested in who the person is and the truths that we all think/know but are not always amplified.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Mitchell Washington, DC 04-17-13
    C. Mitchell Washington, DC 04-17-13 Member Since 2008

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Interesting Story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful, Dirty, Rich the most enjoyable?

    A lof of novels these days tend to focus a lot on material possessions and sex appeal. But, I felt that this book offered a breath of fresh air because it dealt with a very real issue that could very well happen to anyone.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None of the scenes stood out as a favorite.


    Who was the most memorable character of Beautiful, Dirty, Rich and why?

    I did not personally think any one character stood out. JD Mason seemed to give the main characters equal coverage. JD could have done a better job in rounding out the main character Desi. What was her life like as a child, did she have any friends, what type of person was she prior to being sentenced to prison, did she excel academically, what were her hobbies, did she have a boyfriend...what was her life like????

    The best way I can describe a memorable character is one that seems so real, I could envision myself engaging them in conversation. None of the characters in this book can fit that description!


    Any additional comments?

    While I felt this book did not do the best job of character development, the story held my attention and I was eager to listen all the way to the end. The book represents what can happen in small town America, when money and power are at the root of all evil. I did not

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. 12-10-12
    A. 12-10-12 Member Since 2009

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending, it left you hanging.


    Would you be willing to try another book from J. D. Mason? Why or why not?

    Yes, usually his books are pretty good.


    Have you listened to any of Nicole Small’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not sure


    Do you think Beautiful, Dirty, Rich needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely! It left you hanging.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edwina Bda 11-15-12
    Edwina Bda 11-15-12 Member Since 2010

    I liked to read as a child and thanks to Audible, I'm able to multitask whilst enjoying 'Me Time' in the form of a good book.

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    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful, Dirty, Rich the most enjoyable?

    The story flowed well. The Narrator read well and convincingly. There were several plots leading to the main plot, which kept me intrigued.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful, Dirty, Rich?

    My most memorable moment was finding out the main plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The revelation of the shooter


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was intrigued enough to pull out my iTouch every lunch break to be entertained.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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