“Bad Men and Wicked Women” by Eric Jerome Dickey— “Affairs of the Heart Can Be Lethal”

Dickey, Eric Jerome. “Bad Men and Wicked Women”, Dutton, 2018.

“Affairs Of The Heart Can Be Lethal”

Amos Lassen

Ken Swift is a low-level enforcer in Los Angeles who knows danger and where he feels it most is not on the job but in his tangled romances. He is divorced from one woman, in love with another, and fighting the urge to get to know a third. There just seem to be problems everywhere in his life and things get even crazier when his troubled daughter suddenly appears on the same day he is assigned to a major job. Margaux is pregnant, bitter, and desperate: she needs $50,000 immediately, and will do what she has to in order to get that money even if it means blackmailing Ken to get it. Soon this tension-filled father/daughter reunion becomes ugly with a clashing of wills and desires that spreads far beyond their family. When Ken’s latest contract spirals out of control, he learns that it is not just his daughter ready to seek revenge and when he loses control of his new case, he is pursued by dangerous men who will stop at nothing to get what they want, even if it means putting innocent bystanders in danger.

This is not the kind of book that I usually read but I must say that it hooked me by the second page. Writer Dickey has created strong and larger-than-life characters that give us non-stop action. Angst and lust walk hand-in-hand throughout the pages of the novel. Dickey doesn’t give you time to guess ahead.

Aside from the action we have intense sex and social commentary on current events including Black Lives Matter, NFL players taking a knee and much more.

Before you start to read, map out a block of time because you will not be able to put this book down easily and I actually read its 400 plus pages in a single session. However, I cannot divulge any more of the plot than I already have because to do so would affect your read.

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