The Dime

  • Runtime: 10.5 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 2.14.2017
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books
  • Genre: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
  • 10.53 hrs2/14/2017Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9781478940500

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.

Editorial Reviews

Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing. Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated-as a brilliant, modern woman. . . . The mystery succeeds as both whodunit and as a deeper character-driven novel. Kent neatly balances the tough talk and high body count of a traditional hard-boiled detective novel, reminiscent of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, with the modern strength of this complex, flawed, and interesting woman. . . . Every layer of this novel strikes the right note.Kirkus Reviews (starred)[A] gritty series debut . . . This fast-paced, adrenaline-producing suspense novel will appeal to Karin Slaughter fans.Library JournalOutstanding . . . Kent never sacrifices robust characters, or biting humor, during scenes of brutal violence, which, though disturbing, are essential to the rich plot.Publishers Weekly (starred boxed review)Betty is a terrific character . . . A worthy addition to the ranks of strong female detectives.Booklist

The Outcasts is well-written, tightly plotted, and full of ingenious twists…Like the rotgut poured at some dusty Old West saloon, this tale has a wicked kick to it.

Dallas Morning News, praise for the author

“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

“In The Dime Kathleen Kent introduces an exciting new force in the crime thriller world: Detective Betty Rhyzk. You probably can’t pronounce her last name but she doesn’t give a shit; she’d more likely roundhouse kick you in the ear for your stupidity. Betty comes from a long line of battle-hardened NYC cops but when she dives into the criminal world of Dallas, Texas, Betty quickly realizes that she ain’t in Brooklyn anymore. The tension escalates to a shattering, shocking conclusion that will take Betty to the very edge of what she can endure, physically and psychologically. Kent masterfully draws upon the rich tapestry of neo-noir Dallas, a city of grit, glitter, and guns, that hasn’t had its proper treatment in contemporary crime fiction. Until now.”

Matthew Bondurant, author of The Wettest Country in the World

“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

“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 bestselling author of The First Order

Author Biography

Kathleen Kent is the author of The Heretic’s Daughter and The Traitor’s Wife. She has received the David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction. She lives in Dallas.

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Cynthia Farrell is a singer and voice actor known best for her roll as Catalina in the video games Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. She has also performed off Broadway and has released a number of records.

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