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The Dime

By: Kathleen Kent
Narrated by: Cynthia Farrell
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Publisher's summary

Brooklyn's toughest female detective takes on Dallas - and neither is ready for the fight.

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives.

But her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf.

Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit.

Combining the colorful pyrotechnics of Breaking Bad with the best of the gritty crime genre, The Dime is Kathleen Kent's brilliant mystery debut and the launch of a sensational new series.

©2017 Kathleen Kent (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"Gritty and gripping, explosive and emotional, Kathleen Kent's The Dime grabs you from its opening scene and never lets go. Kent tears off the glossy facade of Dallas to show us a dark underbelly of crime. A great start from an exciting new series." (Jeff Abbott, New York Times best-selling author of The First Order)
"I loved The Dime. Betty is my hero. Smart, determined, and so unique. The writing is as smooth as Texas spring water and the story grabs you by the throat and drags you happily through a briar patch of surprise and excitement and leaves you exhausted under the Dallas skyline. More please!" (Joe R. Lansdale, author of Honky Tonk Samurai)
"Smart, gritty, and populated by a rogue's gallery of unforgettable characters, The Dime is relentless. As it races full-bore its way toward a climax that's truly creepy, the best you can do is hang on - and it's a hell of a ride." (Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself)

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I heard about this book on NPR and it was recommended as a unique summer mystery. While the central character is a strong and intelligent female, the other female characters are not. For the reader, this perpetuates the notion that women don't support or relate well with one another. The male characters are underdeveloped and because they are simplistic, they become caricatures.

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I should have known better

I almost never like plots that revolve around drugs, but this time I didn’t give that enough weight. I do like strong women as protagonists, and gave this the benefit of the doubt because of that.

Problems:
The body count was ridiculous. Where was the media/online hysteria? Even in Texas, surely, this amount of slaughter isn’t so routine the media would ignore it.
The tenor of the book felt very Hollywood grade B movie, or TV cop show. If you loved Miami Vice, you might like this book; I detested Miami Vice. As I said, I should have known better.
Every character, including Betty and her wife, is a stereotype personified.
Why on earth female detectives, especially those written by female authors, MUST be targeted personally and be put through torture and/or a campaign of terror (in this case both) is beyond me, but it seems to be virtually obligatory these days, and this is no exception. Making the book predictable and, for me, not enjoyable.
Betty’s character is written inconsistently. Is she exceptionally tough, or very frightened but controlling it? Respects her colleagues, or automatically assumes they are all a$$holes?
The narration went from mediocre but ok to seriously interfering with the story for me. Some narrators make a book more enjoyable, some detract. This one detracted from a book that already wasn’t strong. Her male voices were terrible. Most of them sounded like they were straining on the toilet or holding in a lungful of smoke or something. She often rendered a male voice in a sort of weird falsetto. It was as if she decided to give the more obnoxious male characters more obnoxious voices. Others have noted her poor attempts at Texas accents; to my northwestern ear, they sounded generically southern, and poorly done at that. Her voice for Betty was ok—the narrator’s natural voice is pleasant and she reads without sounding like she’s reading—but the wife’s was SO soft and gentle and feminized it felt stereotypical to me.

The flow of the writing was ok, and the book did hold my attention for the first two- thirds, at which point I skipped to the end, listened to that, and decided not to listen to the rest, and Audible has decided to make it harder for me to “exchange” books, so I probably won’t. But I definitely won’t get the sequel, either.

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Texas accents?

Overall, the book was a good read, but I found the narrators Texas accents, and male voices really unpleasant and perhaps campy? Not sure what a real Texan would say, but those were not pleasant to listen to!

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Good Story, Unfortunate Narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would suggest people read the book instead. It's a great debut novel, very Chandler-esque. The setting in Dallas is very well done, with just a few geographic missteps. However, the Texas setting is not matched by Ms. Farrell's narration, which butchers Texas place names and gets just about every single Texas accent completely, painfully, distractingly wrong.

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Homophobic Dallas, Horrible Narration

I live in Dallas. Based on the number of times blatant gay bashing wss exhibited, the novel could have bern set decades ago.

Story was ok, but certainly not original.

I understood she was tall with red hair the 20th time I was told - didn't need the 21st.

Worst narration ever.

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it's okay

struggled to be interesting all the way to the end. Most of the characters were to shallow.

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3 stars. Generous

Listened on audible. Good narration. Lousy story. Made the main character like superwoman. To far fetched

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GLUED!!

completely gripping and definitely worth the read! the only area this book fell short was the authors' impersonation of the other characters, sounding loosely like a washed up reba mcentire. other than that this book completely sucked me In with hours of enjoyment!

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good

the book was good a little slow and a lot of information at the beginning but ended up being a very good story well told

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Amazing new author find for me

New authors always hook me. That being said I was drawn in and Rizz never let me go until the end. Gave me Eve Dallas vibes and JD Robb is my absolute fav

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