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Thieves' Paradise

Format:  Paperback,

408 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Apr 2003

ISBN-13: 9780451208491

ISBN-10: 0451208498

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Eric Jerome Dickey is back with a sexy, fast-paced novel about grifters and con artists, brothers and sisters, looking for love and making ends meet-on the wrong side of the law...


Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Apr 2003
ISBN-13: 9780451208491
ISBN-10: 0451208498
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 408
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.45
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.25 x 6.5 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 451208498

About the author

Biography of Dickey, Eric Jerome

Eric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee on July 7, 1961. He received a degree in computer system technology from the University of Memphis. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked in the aerospace industry as a software developer. Soon after starting his job, he decided to become an actor and a stand-up comedian, which eventually lead him to a writing career. He attended UCLA's Creative Writing classes and in 1994, his short story Thirteen appeared in the IBWA's River Crossing: Voices of the Diaspora - An Anthology of the International Black Experience.

His books include Milk in My Coffee; Liar's Game; Chasing Destiny; Between Lovers; Thieves' Paradise; The Other Woman; Sleeping with Strangers; Waking with Enemies; and An Accidental Affair. He received the awards for Best Contemporary Fiction and Author of the Year (Male) at the 2006 African American Literary Award Show.


Review by Library Journal (2002-05-01)

Stuck in a recurring nightmare of stunting childhood memories and a history with the juvenile justice system, Dante goes crooked when he is downsized by his computer company and is left without prospects or rent money. Bad luck dogs him until it seems that the only choices he has left are scamming and stealing to survive. Threatened with bodily harm by the brutish Nazario for a gambling debt, hassled by a friend with woman trouble, and in hot pursuit of an older woman with an attitude, Dante hooks up with Scamz, his old boss from his criminal past, to make some quick money off Hollywood socialites who should know better.

Dante soon finds himself on the downhill slope to an early burial. Dickey's talent for involving the reader in real-world problems while eliciting rueful smiles and creating characters who struggle to do the right thing ensure his latest novel's success. This fast-paced L.A. tale doesn't shy away from or glamorize the ugliness of a life gone bad, but it does leave room for the hope of a better future as Dante works out a hero's escape from his past. Recommended for all popular collections.

[Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/02.] - Jennifer Baker, Seattle P.L.

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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