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Author: Kathleen Kent Narrator: Cynthia Farrell Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781478940500
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Cynthia Farrell is an asset, handling the Texas accents well, particularly that of a hyper-religious, grandma-like cult leader. Farrell enunciates the latter trait in this character—making her tone one of tolerant, sweet reason as she actually dispenses a mix of doctrinal idiocies and scary maternal advice. Both Kent and Farrell make it clear that Betty is a strong, complex—and sometimes implacable—woman.”


  • “Gritty and gripping, explosive and emotional…Kent tears off the glossy façade of Dallas to show us a dark underbelly of crime.”

    Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Outstanding…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 and boxed review)

  • “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.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • Betty is a terrific character . . . A worthy addition to the ranks of strong female detectives. Booklist
  • “Smart, gritty, and populated by a rogue’s gallery of unforgettable characters, The Dime is relentless…a hell of a ride.”

    Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself

  • “Kent introduces an exciting new force in the crime thriller world: Detective Betty Rhyzk…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
  • “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

  • Finalist for the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Novel
  • A  BookRiot Pick as One of the Best Books of the Year

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About the Author

Kathleen Kent, author of historical novels, including The Heretic’s Daughter and The Traitor’s Wife, among others, has received the David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction.

About the Narrator

Cynthia Farrell, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a singer and voice actor best known 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.