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Book Title: Thieves' Paradise|
The author of the book: Eric Jerome Dickey
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Reader ratings: 6.5
Date of issue: April 6th 2004
ISBN 13: 9780451211453
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 652 KB
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I've been meaning to read this book for quite some time.
I first got into Eric Jerome Dickey books as a teenager in secondary school. I loved the drama, the scandals and how the characters were all generally a huge mess.
I haven't read an EJD book for at least 7 years since I grew out of them. But I decided to give one more book a try before I write off EJD books as a thing of the past.
Anyway, Thieves' Paradise is a story of regular people trying to survive. The story follows the life of protagonist Dante.
A young man who just turned 25 and has already lived quite an unfortunate life which included doing time in prison when he tried to save his mother from his violently abusive father.
Impacted by the burst of the dot com bubble, Dante is out of work and finds himself in a desperate situation along with one of his closest friends Jackson whose life is equally tragic.
Long story short, Dante and Jackson get involved again with their friend 'Scamz' to try and make some quick money to tide them over but get sucked into a world of trouble which almost costs Dante his life.
To start with, I found it overwhelming at just how much was crammed into only 3 days of Dante's life. Each situation happened so quickly it took me much longer to read this book than most as there was quite a bit to digest. Drama outside of the day to day scams was typical, baby mama drama, cheating spouses, trouble with the law.
It became very apparent that I've outgrown EJD's writing as I cringed reading the 'intimate' moments and actually skimmed over them completely. I found the writing in some places to be a bit repetitive and there was a bit of filler which I found to be unnecessary to the plot.
I was only able to get into the book half way through and I did like the ending. Out of all the pain and drama, it was nice that there was a ray of sunshine to end the book on a high note.
If you like books full of urban drama then you might enjoy this. There are fights, arson, adultery, scams and even murder! All packed tightly into one little book.
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Read information about the authorEric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee and attended the University of Memphis (the former Memphis State), where he earned his degree in Computer System Technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.
After landing a job in the aerospace industry as a software developer, Eric Jerome Dickey's artistic talents surfaced, inspiring him to become an actor and a stand-up comedian. Yet Eric quickly found out that writing was something he could do and do well. From creative writing classes to avidly consuming the works of his favorite authors, Eric Jerome Dickey began to shape a writing career of his own. Having written several scripts for his personal comedy act, he started writing poetry and short stories. "The film work gave me insight into character development, the acting classes helped me understand motivation...All of it goes hand in hand," Eric explains. He joined the IBWA (International Black Writers and Artists), participated in their development workshops, and became a recipient of the IBWA SEED Scholarship to attend UCLA's Creative Writing classes. In 1994 his first published short story, "Thirteen," appeared in the IBWA's River Crossing: Voices of the Diaspora-An Anthology of the International Black Experience. A second short story, "Days Gone By," was published in the magazine A Place to Enter.
With those successes behind him, Eric Jerome Dickey decided to fine-tune some of his earlier work and developed a screenplay called "Cappuccino." "Cappuccino" was directed and produced by Craig Ross, Jr. and appeared in coffee houses around the Los Angeles area. In February 1998, "Cappuccino" made its local debut during the Pan African Film Festival at the Magic Johnson Theater in Los Angeles.
Short stories, though, didn't seem to fulfill Eric Jerome Dickey's creative yearnings. Eric says, "I'd set out to do a ten-page story and it would go on for three hundred pages." So Eric kept writing and reading and sending out query letters for his novels for almost three years until he finally got an agent. "Then a door opened," Eric says. "And I put my foot in before they could close it." And that door has remained opened, as Eric Jerome Dickey's novels have placed him on the map as one of the best writers of contemporary urban fiction.
Eric Jerome Dickey's book signing tours for Sister, Sister; Friends and Lovers; Milk in My Coffee; Cheaters; and Liar's Game took him from coast to coast and helped propel each of these novels to #1 on the "Blackboard Bestsellers List." Cheaters was named "Blackboard Book of the Year" in 2000. In June 2000, Eric Jerome Dickey celebrated the French publication of Milk in My Coffee (Cafe Noisette) by embarking on a book tour to Paris. Soon after, Milk in My Coffee became a bestseller in France. Eric Jerome Dickey's novels, Chasing Destiny, Liar's Game, Between Lovers, Thieves' Paradise, The Other Woman, Drive Me Crazy, Genevieve, Naughty or Nice, Sleeping with Strangers, Waking with Enemies, and Pleasure have all earned him the success of a spot on The New York Times bestseller list. Liar's Game, Thieves' Paradise, The Other Woman, and Genevieve have also given Dickey the added distinction of being nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005. In 2006, he was honored with the awards for Best Contemporary Fiction and Author of the Year (Male) at the 2006 African American Literary Award Show. In 2008, Eric was nominated for Storyteller of the Year at the 1st annual ESSENCE Literary Awards. In January 2001, Eric Jerome Dickey was a contributor to New American Library's anthology Got To Be Real: Four Original Love Stories, also a Blackboard Bestseller. He also had a story entitled “Fish Sanwich” appear in the anthology Mothers and Sons. In June 2002, Dickey contributed to Black Silk: A Collection of African American Erotica (Warner Books) as well as to Riots Beneath the Baobab (published by Inte
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