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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312617271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312617271
  • ASIN: 0312617275
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“J. D. Mason knows how to deliver a fabulously emotional, page-turning tale. BEAUTIFUL. DIRTY, RICH is taut, suspenseful, and unforgettable. Run, do not walk, and get this book!”  --Zane, New York Times bestselling author
 
"Mason’s characters create an addictive drama." --Publisher's Weekly on Beautiful, Dirty, Rich
 
"This is a captivating story with so many twists and turns that readers may feel dizzy. The clues to Desi's mystery are as intriguing as the characters, who all hide deep secrets. Readers will find this one hard to put down." --RT Book Reviews on Beautiful, Dirty, Rich

About the Author

J.D. MASON is the author of S omebody Pick Up My Pieces, Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It, 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, and One Day I Saw A Black King. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her two children.

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"I started with a goal in mind, and I prayed. "Lord, just let me be able to write books for 10 years. If I can write for 10 years, I can finish 10 books. And then I'll retire." I feel like I'm just getting warmed up, so I definitely think I need another 10 years." --J.D.


J.D. Mason has been writing professionally for more than a decade, beginning with her first novel "And On The Eighth Day She Rested" which she self-published, not once, but twice. Since then, Mason has gone on to sign with a New York City publisher and has penned a popular series based off of her second book, "One Day I Saw A Black King". J.D.'s work has been featured in Today's Black Woman, Essence, Denver's Urban Spectrum, and Jewel Magazine. Her books have consistently been selected as main selections for the Black Expressions Bookclub and have been and has appeared on bestseller lists in the Denver Post, Dallas Morning News, Black Expressions Book Club, and Amazon.com. J.D. currently lives in Denver, Colorado, and is hard at work on her next novel.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and the characters were very interesting.
Leslie Bailey
I am not one to give the plot away and it's hard to write a review this book will have you on the edge of your set, wanting more, before you know it the book is over.
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This book is filled with non-stop action, and suspense, mixed with some erotica!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tellmeasecret on August 24, 2012
Format: Audible Audio Edition
Beautiful, dirty, Rich is a page turner. I was hooked from the very beginning, especially listening to the narrator Nicole Smalls bringing this book to life. So many secrets, so many puzzle pieces to put together. I enjoyed putting these puzzle pieces together. Each chapter I passed gave me another piece to the puzzle, this was like a beautiful game if you like games, and I love them, especially when I'm traveling and am experiencing this journey several miles in the sky in a plane. I recommend anyone who bought this book also buy the audio, Nicole Smalls had me thinking I was watching a movie. The way she captured each character's essence, swagger, made you think you were there, I was a voyuer, J. D. Mason wrote this thing so good I could see it. Loved every story line, Susan, the true crime best seller pulling the truth out of Desi like teeth, Loni, the investigator in bed with her best friend Desi's enemy to find out secrets, especially the one that she denied, that she was falling for the enemy, and my favorite story line, Karma, every bad thing people in this story did came back at them one hundred fold, suicide, accidental death, arrests--I found myself responding out loud several times to this jewel, saying out loud, dayumm!lol. I did feel sorry for Jordon's wife. You will for sure care about each character reading this. A must read. Write on, write on J. D Mason. This was my first book of yours I read and for sure wont be my last.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grapes on August 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When she is 18 years old, Desi Green is arrested and placed in prison. She is there for the murder of her mother's boyfriend, Julian Gatewood. It happens in her mother's house. Ida Green, Desi's mother, falls apart.
She screams her daughter's innocence. The sheriff and the lawmen don't listen to her. After a dirty trial, Desi is locked up for twenty-five years. The majority of the story takes place after Desi has served her time. She is free. She is rich because her mother leaves her twenty million dollars. This is the money left to Ida by Julian Greenwood, her lover.

Desi Green decides to write a book about that horrible night of murder and chaos. A reporter named, Sue, will help along the way. What I found interesting is a question brought up for years. If you have served time in prison, do you have the right to write a book that will turn a big profit? I pondered this question while reading J.D. Mason's BEAUTIFUL, DIRTY, RICH. This novel will make you think about our justice system. It is important for judges, deputies, lawyers to have true blue character. After all the fate of our families and friends are in their hands. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. I look forward to reading more books written by J.D. MASON.usmacmillanauthorjdmason
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By OOSA Online Book Club on August 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Some people have a skeleton in their closet. And then you have those that have a cemetery in theirs like the Gatewoods.

Over twenty years ago the small town of Blink, Texas, was rocked by the murder of Julian Gatewood, a powerful and wealthy businessman. After serving over two decades for the murder, Desi Green has returned to Blink and she's ready to let some of those skeletons loose.

The mystery, the intrigue, the unknown immediately engulfs readers. "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" has a strong story and a great premise but its execution falters at times. Without going into detail and spoiling the book, one major element was a hard sell for me and resulted in a lot of questions and gaps. As the pages dwindled, it became obvious that some things were going to be left in the air as the ending seemed compact, rushed and anticlimactic. I enjoyed this novel up until that point and wished that it had come full circle and given readers what they wanted and were looking forward to - to read the aftermath play out.

Mason's "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" is a good read with a disappointing ending that, for some like me, will affect their overall good feel for the book.

3.5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms LeDiva on August 7, 2012
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Beautiful, Dirty, Rich by J.D. Mason held a lot of promise. A powerful and rich black family with secrets, betrayal, heartache, intrigue and all the trappings that draws me to this type of story. I liked the premise of the book well enough, but had problems with the execution.

Desi Green was convicted of murdering the wealthy Julian Gatewood. There was never a question about why she killed him, nor were there ever really any real justice delivered that fateful day nor thereafter. People get railroaded by the courts everyday especially the poor, which is unfortunate. That may hold true, but would this particular injustice have happened? I don't know, seems almost impossible with as much media coverage this case garnered. I can't see some lawyer sitting at home watching this trial unfold not wanting to make a name for himself by taking Desi on as a client. The agreement that was made between the parties involved had so many holes that I don't understand why once given the payday of a lifetime, that a specific person fight didn't for another trial. (Trying not to give away spoilers)

Another issue, was the narration in place of the story just being written out. There was so much summed up in one chapter through narration, that it made me feel like I had been robbed of a novel. Lonnie's involvement seemed cloak and dagger enough, but what took place with her wouldn't have gone cold that easily. It was written that she was an in-demand journalist that wrote her own ticket with major magazines, newspapers and had personal connections with the media. Trust me her disappearance would've caused just as big a media frenzy than Desi's story, no way that would've been swept under the rug.
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