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Tempted by Trouble Hardcover – August 17, 2010

3.7 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews

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Dmytryk Knight earns his college degree. In addition to English, he’s fluent in five languages. He finds a well-paying, white-collar job at a Detroit automobile company. Seven years later, a recession hits, and he’s demoted to the assembly line. Seven years after that, the economy tanks, and he’s laid off. What’s a guy to do? In Dmytryk’s case, he looks for honest work, and struggles on unemployment for two years. Dmytryk’s wife, Cora, isn’t happy with their stressful, uncertainexistence, so she pushes her husband to work for Eddie Coyle. The problem is, Coyle is a crime lord, and the job requirements include killing whom he wants, when he wants. Dickey’s cautionary tale, featuring a criminal prone to panic attacks, shows that crime does pay, but only for a little while. Another sizzling, entertaining book by the ever-popular Dickey. --Shelley Mosley

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

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

"A serendipitous mix of lust, longing, and murder . . . the pacing is amazing."
-Booklist

"Dickey's work if gritty, smart, and ready for the big screen. Try it- and make sure you're strapped in."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First Edition edition (August 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525950583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525950585
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jason Frost VINE VOICE on August 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I usually hate when people compare authors, but damn if Eric Jerome Dickey isn't racing toward the "Walter-Mosley-Atmosphere" of writing. Not sure if the term `intelligent-thriller' has been coined or not; but either way Eric Jerome has it on lock! His books are a literary paradox; his writing is so clean that you can't help BUT devour his work, unfortunately if you devour too fast you'll miss the flavor. `Tempted by Trouble' is another high adrenaline rush from the man who lives on the road.

Dmytryk is a man who is asked to sell his soul to the devil. Of course you would never think that the person that begs you to sell your soul to Satan would be an angel. His angel answers to a very common name. Wife. Our tax dollars have financed the salaries of the people who have orchestrated this recession, and Motor City is losing jobs like a Las Vegas stripper slowly loses her soul. If money is the root of all evil, Eddie Coyle is the bush that grows from that root. That would make Bishop and Jackie the rotten branches. Dmytryk would be the gardener trying to prune said bush while getting caught in the vines, and his angel-wife Cora would be the fertilizer.

The predominate question in this book is "how far would you go to protect/save what is yours"? The mental anguish Dmytryk goes would weaken even the strongest cerebral athlete. He's down and out. He has no money. Eddie Coyle tells him that he can make easy money in two minutes. In the time it takes a minute man to put a smile on his face and a frown on his woman's, Dmytryk can become recession proof. At least for a while. At least until the money runs out. Again. Two minutes and you could live your life like it's golden for the next six months. Two minutes and your soul could dissolve into black forever.
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I am a huge EJD fan. I've read all of his books and enjoyed them (especially the Gideon series). When I finished reading this book, I wanted to kick myself for wasting my time on it. It didn't feel like I was reading an EJD book at all. The plot dragged on, the characters were not relatable, and it was very predictable. I love EJD, but he really dropped the ball on this one. I hope his next book does not disappoint like this one did.
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For an author that started out writing from the woman's point of view, Eric Jerome Dickey has certainly evolved. If you've followed his writing career, you'll remember the days when his stories were considered the male answer to Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale. They were funny, they were romantic, they were light. I can remember commenting to a fellow reader years ago that he wrote with a woman's voice so well that if I didn't know he was a man, I would have assumed he was a woman.

I've noticed in recent years that he has shied away from romantic lit as a whole and has begun to hide it within darker, sexier novels. Though he started bringing the sexy in 2003's The Other Woman, the first time I noticed him bringing a whole lot of sexy was in 2008's Pleasure. An older relative gave it to me for Christmas and I blushed so much through out it that all I could hope was that she hadn't read it prior to giving it to me.

With the beginning of the Gideon series, 2007's Sleeping with Strangers, Dickey introduced us to the darker, more masculine side of his stories. If I remember correctly, this was really the first time that his lead character was a male. A killer for hire, Gideon is the focus of four books, which is somewhat unusual for the author. He seems to like to utilizing characters for one story and then moving on from them. It would seem that he found his voice within Gideon.

Tempted by Trouble introduces the reader to a new character, Dmytryk Knight. An out of work former executive turned assembly line worker, Dmytryk is struggling to maintain his home, his marriage and his sanity in Detroit. His out of work wife, Cora, has taken to stripping to bring money into the house while Dmytryk picks up odd jobs here and there.
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Okay, let me say. I may be the biggest EJD fan there is. This book was not worth the wait. Anytime, the main character is not likable, there is a problem. While I got plenty of background info on Dmytryk, I didn't feel any connection to him or any sympythy. There wasn't 1 character in this story I "liked". I felt like I was reading a rough draft for a rejected version of Gideon. The plot was predictable up until the end. EJD is never predictable. This book was a major fail. The only positive thing I see is the senerio of Dmytryk, Giedeon and Driver working together. Now, if this was the set-up for a second part, I would understand more. Tired of the dissapointment.
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His main followers have mainly been women because we enjoyed his work. Since he started this Gideon crap, I can not relate to his work anymore. If I wanted to read a book about crime, I can easily pick up Walter Mosley's books which I don't like to read. Until he has a female main character and his book is not about crime, I won't be reading anymore of his books. (Sorry for gramatical,punctuation, and typo errors).
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