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Tempted by Trouble: A Novel | [Eric Jerome Dickey]

Tempted by Trouble: A Novel

Dmytryk Knight was a respectable man who had followed the blueprints for the American Dream: go to college, find the girl of your dreams, get married, buy a house on the affluent side of Detroit. He’d done it all by the book. But when a crippling recession annihilates the auto industry, Dmytryk and his wife, Cora, suddenly find themselves without jobs and in foreclosure. And after two years of taking any job they can find and trying to live honestly, they realize that integrity just doesn’t pay the bills.
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Dmytryk Knight was a respectable man who had followed the blueprints for the American Dream: go to college, find the girl of your dreams, get married, buy a house on the affluent side of Detroit. He’d done it all by the book. But when a crippling recession annihilates the auto industry, Dmytryk and his wife, Cora, suddenly find themselves without jobs and in foreclosure. And after two years of taking any job they can find and trying to live honestly, they realize that integrity just doesn’t pay the bills.

Given the right circumstances, even the best of us can turn bad.

When a powerful and ruthless criminal named Eddie Coyle arrives from Rome and gives Dmytryk an opportunity to make fast money, Cora urges him to man up. All he has to do is join Eddie Coyle’s crew and rob some banks: two minutes, in and out, nobody gets hurt. Torn between desperation and his values, but unable to resist the promise of instant cash, Dmytryk gives in - but no sooner does he enter a life of crime than Cora vanishes.

Now, more determined than ever to get his life back on track, Dmytryk is only one bank job away from having enough money to leave Eddie Coyle and find Cora. But when the job goes dangerously wrong, Dmytryk is forced to test his moral compass in ways he never imagined and realizes that we can plan all we want, but sometimes fate has a different agenda....

©2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2010 Eric Jerome Dickey

What the Critics Say

"[Dickey has] perfected an addictive fictional formula." (The New York Times)

"[Eric Jerome Dickey is] the king of African American fiction." (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Magdaline Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 09-04-10
    Magdaline Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 09-04-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Spellbound"

    WoW!!!!

    I just don't know what to say other than "You did it again"......
    This book drew me in and I could not stop until the end. Mr. Dickey you nailed it again and I don't want to forget the narrator Dion Graham who voice is sexy as hell. Between the excellent writing and all some narration I really enjoyed this book.
    Audible-I love the way you bring books to life.



    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Ethington-Green Burke, VA United States 06-05-11
    Phyllis Ethington-Green Burke, VA United States 06-05-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyed it!"

    I used to be an avid fan of Mr. Dickey's, but his last few books didn't grab me. I had given up, then decided to give this one a try. I was completely drawn in by the narrator's reading style, and I loved the way the characters evolved. The storyline wasn't formulaic, which was what was disappointed me about his previous works. Kept my rapt attention until the unexpected ending...great listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley MARIETTA, GEORGIA, United States 01-23-13
    Lesley MARIETTA, GEORGIA, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "EJD at his best...Excellent"
    If you could sum up Tempted by Trouble in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome, Action, Adventure


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was Eric Jerome Dickey at his best. This story was so creative. I loved all the action, and the ending...OMG so unexpected. BUT GOOD.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Dominque tired to make amends with the women from the car accident.


    If you could rename Tempted by Trouble, what would you call it?

    FOOL FOR LOVE.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Clarks Summit, PA, United States 10-08-10
    Karen Clarks Summit, PA, United States 10-08-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved this Book!"

    Well written and extremely satisfying to the end! Written from a fresh perspective with a great ending. I was truly surprised at how good this novel was.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nevada Alexandria, VA, United States 09-28-10
    Nevada Alexandria, VA, United States 09-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good smooth read."

    This is a different Dickey, than I am familiar. I have a high regard for EJD as an author. His work continues to evolve. I will read everything he writes. This particular selection held my attention to the end. This selection is interesting, intriguing but not so exciting. The characters are well thought out and charismatic. The narrator does an excellent job distinguishing the individuals. Ending was good! I would definitely suggest putting this one in the cart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammie United States 10-26-12
    Tammie United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Save your credit. Totally unbelievable."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The main character has the morals of a saint but is so easily corrupted and then seems to lose it by seeing and talking to ghosts......totally unbelievable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    James Patterson


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    Was Tempted by Trouble worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the Gideon series and so far, none of this authors other work has come close.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Latarsha dallas, TX, United States 11-05-10
    Latarsha dallas, TX, United States 11-05-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Boring!!!"

    I tried over and over to get into this book,complete waste of time and credit.

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    Les Noel 09-23-10
    Les Noel 09-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing... boring....too slow..."

    I'm a big fan of most of Dickey's work - especially the Gideon series of novels. If you're looking for more of that type - this book definitely not one to recommend. The narration is great as usual, but the story is way to slow with sporadic action mostly late in the book, and the characters are..... (odd choice of word here but fitting)....irritating. Main character is a morally mixed up whining sap. Listened to the whole book but can't say that I enjoyed it.

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    Adrianne haines city, FL, United States 09-13-10
    Adrianne haines city, FL, United States 09-13-10 Member Since 2008
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    "I didn't like it"

    It was too slow. I love the voice of Dion Graham, and I love Mr. Dickey. This one just didn't keep my attention.

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    Keyna Columbus, Ohio, United States 01-11-11
    Keyna Columbus, Ohio, United States 01-11-11
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    "Disappointed"

    This book was not what I expected from Mr. Dickey. It was really slow and I found it hard to get into. I have to agree with the some of the other reviews...it was a waste of a credit. If it is availble at the library I would get it from there and save a credit.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • sonia
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    2/29/12
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    "Addictive"

    I have all of EJD's books except this one so decided to buy it via audio book. I have really enjoyed listening to this on the way to and from work. Dion the narrator has a voice that captures the characters in this book and sets the scenes really well and the end wasn't what I expected.

    Very happy with my purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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