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The Dime (Detective Betty #1)

Hardcover, 2/14/17

ISBN 9780316311038

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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.

Kathleen Kent is the author of three bestselling historical novels, The Heretic’s Daughter, The Traitor’s Wife, and The Outcasts. She is also the author of the short story “Coincidences Can Kill You,” published in Dallas Noir, which was the inspiration for The Dime, her first work of crime fiction. Kent lives in Dallas, TX.

“Exciting [and] moving . . . Grisly but likable” —Wall Street Journal

“Terrific . . . Kent’s own ability to avoid predictable outcomes and keep the reader on edge bodes well for future installments in this series.” —Chicago Tribune

“The plot revolves around the Asian sex- and drug-trafficking trade run by the cutest little old lady you ever did see, but the broader appeal is Kent’s offbeat humor, which pulls up reins just before it takes the story over a cliff.” —New York Times Book Review

“Kathleen Kent finds the noir side of Dallas. . . . Betty Ryhzyk [is] a beguiling protagonist. . . . [She] brings freshness and new energy to the role. . . . There’s no shortage of Pine Curtain gothic in this landscape of mangy dogs, religious nuts and violent meth-heads.” —The Dallas Morning News

“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 for an exciting new series.”
–Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of The First Order