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Tempted by Trouble

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It's love and bullets, Dickey style. The blistering new novel from the "New York Times" bestselling author.
For Dmytryk and Cora, there's only one way to fight the recession that's crippled their comfortable lifestyle: accept a crime boss's offer to rob a few banks. It's quick. A nice big payoff. No one gets hurt.
Good luck believing that.
ebook, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by New American Library
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For an author that started out writing from the woman's point of view, Eric Jerome Dickey has certainly evolved. If you've followed his writing career, you'll remember the days when his stories were considered the male answer to Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale. They were funny, they were romantic, they were light. I can remember commenting to a fellow reader years ago that he wrote with a woman's voice so well that if I didn't know he was a man, I would have assumed he was a woman.

I've notice
Apr 02, 2012 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to be a big fan of Eric Jerome Dickey's earlier works: Sister Sister, Friends and Lovers, Milk in My Coffee, Liars Game, Between Lovers, and The Other Woman are some of my favorites. Then he started moving more into crime novels with his Gideon series and I was NOT a fan, so EJD had kind of fallen off my must-read list (although as I look through his bio now, I remember reading and liking Pleasure also, the last EJD novel I read.)

I read the synopsis of this one and figured it sounded inte
Once I start reading an EJD book, it grabs a hold of me, and I absolutely cannot put it down. He has that type of power over me. I'm always amazed at his writing and how he weaves words together. He is undoubtedly one of my favorite authors. In his newer works, I can really tell how his storytelling has evolved as a writer, and Tempted By Trouble follows the same noir genre of his recent works. I can tell how well traveled he is, and he is definitely a man who appreciates culture. I always learn ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Dmytryk Knight was an educated respectable man.He followed the blue prints of the American dream get married buy a house. He,d done it all by the book. But when a crippling recession annihilates the auto industry, Dmytryk and Core his wife find themselves without jobs and there home in foreclosure. After two years working any jobs they can find just to survive and pay the bills. They realize that integrity doesn,t pay the bills. When a ruthless criminal by the name of Eddie Coyle gives Dmytryk a ...more
Aug 26, 2010 Alisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I have never read a book by Eric Jerome Dickey before but I am definetly going to read other books by him now.

This book was about respectable people whom are down on their lucks, the types of things that they do to try and keep their family together. Next thing hyou know, there are bank robbers and people go missing and Dymitryk needs to decided if the way his and his families lives are going is truely where they need to be, and how can they all get back to the life they had before. Smart, sexy,
Oct 25, 2015 Bruce rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of drama: stress, sex, squabbles, gruesome violence, and bad behavior. It all makes Dmytryk the narrator feel squeamish, but on the other hand, as he puts it, “It was crazy. It was erotic. And it was wrong. And it felt good.”

Calculated to keep you nervous and filled with apprehension about what may happen next or what just happened in the recent past that the author has not told the reader about yet. A good bit of obvious foreshadowing and clumsy images, such as a death gasp that sounds li
This book was a fun ride.

Dmytryk and Cora are a married couple that fell on hard times. After a recession, they go from professionals to factory workers. They are struggling, but surviving, only Cora wants more. She want her old life. She wants money. She's tired of living from paycheck to paycheck and stripping in the local club and being treated like meat by the patrons.
Tired of being broke, Cora finally leaves Dmytryk.

In order to make money, Dmytryk agrees to be the driver in the get-a-way c
Aug 23, 2010 Shamieka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me on my toes wanting to know what is going to happen next. It ended a little oddly to me, but I had to go back and remember certain things in the story. I would love to discuss this with other readers. I am new to the site and don't want to post questions and reveal "secrets" to readers who haven't read it yet.
Sharon James
Oct 12, 2010 Sharon James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tempted by Trouble was actually an interesting read. This is a great "take your mind of your troubles" adventure. It the story of a couple who due to the economy, lost their jobs and resorted to robbing banks. The story takes a couple of twist and turns, but keeps you interested.
Ruthe McDonald
Sep 23, 2010 Ruthe McDonald rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I read it in one day! It is dark, and reminiscent of a noir film. I loved the first person account, and the back and forth between reality and the mind.
Brandi Bates
He did it again...literary masterpiece! Sort of pridictable, but very moving still.
Chandrabrown80 Brown
Did not like this book. Slow, slow pace and not interesting at all.
Debra Crosby
Sep 08, 2010 Debra Crosby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
how far would you go to please or take care of your spouse.
Possibly the best he has written so far. I loved it.
James Fant
Jan 01, 2013 James Fant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dmytryk Knight was on top of the world. He had a prestigious white-collar career with a six-figure salary. He was married to beautiful woman who made a lot of money as well. He owned a beautiful townhome in a great section in Detroit. Then the recession hit and jobs were lost. And all of a sudden Dmytryk and his wife Cora found themselves doing the unimaginable to make ends meet, to try and stay on top of the world. Perhaps the problem came from Dmytryk and Cora’s definition of success, their vi ...more
Mar 27, 2011 Ms.Toni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2k11challenge
Life's in Session

When the U.S. catches a cold, Detroit has pneumonia. No one knows that better than Dmytryk Knight. A degree hasn't prevented him from being downsized not once, but twice. On the brink of losing it all, in a desperate move to provide for his family, Dmytryk makes a deal with the devil - Eddie Coyle. Eddie Coyle is in the `banking' industry, only he doesn't make deposits, just withdrawals. Dmytryk reluctantly becomes the new wheelman for a crew of robbers. Just like a robber, he
Nov 24, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book i've read by Eric Jerome Dickey and it sure won't be my last!

Dmytryk Knight and his wife were down on their luck. His wife Cora is a dancer (which Dmytryk really doesn't like), and she met a guy there named Eddie Coyle. He robs banks, and told Dmytryk about him. Dmytryk told her to tell Eddie that he would be his getaway man if he needs one. The first job didn't go so well. One of the team's men died, the other was wounded, then Dmytryk ends up taking a hostage which he h
May 11, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Goodreads giveaway
I appreciated being able to read an advanced copy of this, as I'd never been introduced to his works. It's definitely not my usual sort of book, but I enjoy being exposed to all types of works. That said, it felt a bit forced, and while the story had intriguing ideas, the language did not read with the smoothness I hoped for, and I likewise expect above all else genuine characters, which this seemed to struggle in portraying. I think the key reason may be a lack of familiarity with where the sto ...more
Oct 16, 2010 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
In Tempted by Trouble by Eric Jerome Dickey, Dmytryk Knight and his wife, Cora, have done everything by the book to live out the American dream and life was golden for them until the auto industry tanks, and they both find themselves unemployed. Still, wanting to live the golden life, the couple gets creative with their skills and do what is necessary to try to hold the creditors at bay. But, this has a negative effect on the couple’s relationship and Cora, who becomes wary of the efforts needed ...more
Deidre Valentine
Jun 01, 2012 Deidre Valentine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dmytryk Knight and his wife Cora were hard working, gainfully employed members of Detroit’s automotive industry. In line with current events, Eric Jerome Dickey’s characters are left desperate in the face of recession and cutbacks on the job. College degrees, military service and time spent within the company seem to mean nothing. Unable to bear this downsizing in lifestyle, Cora is adamant, to a point of unmerited verbal abuse, that her husband work for gangster Eddie Coyle and his crew. The Kn ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well with today's economy the way it is, you can also sympathize with unemployed, ex white collar worker and now bank robber Dmytryk Knight (that name spelling had me going for a minute) saga . Knight is a brother forced into crime by the poor Detroit economy and lifestyle demands of his wife Cora aka Trouble. Cora introduces her husband to one of her clients Eddie Coyle, a criminal mastermind in bank robbery, whom she met at a club where she dances part time as a dancer name "Trouble" to make e ...more
Nov 22, 2011 Te'Amo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tempted by Trouble was an interesting read to me. At first, I didn't quite grasp the back and forth from past to present. It took awhile for the plot to thicken and I got kind of bored with the bank robbing after the first couple of chapters. This novel was written very well and only held a minimal amount of typos. I would recommend this book to others. Overall, I gave this book 3 stars.

I believe that Dmytryk used his vows as an excuse to getting involved with Eddie Coyle. He was a man of his ow
I've read most of EJD's books, way back to when he was writing romances...which I miss! Tempted by Trouble is an okay read, but I liked it least of his books.

The plot dragged. The botched robbery took place with Sammie and Rick, and after reading the next several pages, I could've sworn that a week had gone by. Then a character would refer to the incident as "yesterday." It was like being in a soap opera, where you can watch an episode today and come back next week and it's still the same day. T
Jul 18, 2011 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(FROM JACKET)Dmytryk Knight was a respectable man who had followed the blueprints for the American Dream: go to college, find the girl of your dreams, get married, buy a house on the affluent side of Detroit. He'd done it all by the book. But when a crippling recession annihilates the auto industry, Dmytyrk and his wife, Cora, suddenly find themselves without jobs and in foreclosure. And after two years of taking any job they can find and trying to live honestly, they realize that integrity just ...more
Oct 31, 2013 Liza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dmytryk and Cora loose their jobs in the auto industry during "the great recession". They are barely living paycheck to paycheck doing legal work, when Cora introduces Dmytryk to a man who can help them put quick money in their pockets.

After a job or two, Cora runs out on Dmytryk and his new goal is to earn enough quick money to find his wife and bring her back. What he finds in the end is something that breaks his heart and but considering the circumstances...he keeps it moving.

By the end of th
Apr 18, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best book by EJD. I couldn't put it down. Dymytryk & Cora hit rock button and have to find ways to make ends meet. Cora falls weak and get sucked in a crazy lifestyle with Eddie Croyle. Her husband Dymytryk is left to deal with his wife's disappearance and his new "job".
Born True Bethea
Apr 07, 2014 Born True Bethea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good read. It was surprising that EJD left the California settings where many of his books start and ends for Michigan and Georgia, but it was good. The only thing i was dissapointed in was the ending. Simply because i would've made the other choice.
I loved it!

Before I bought the book,I read the reviews... I don't know if people were reading the wrong book or just didn't pay attention, but this was a really good read. I finished it in one day, I couldn't put it down!
A'Sian Dotson
Jan 20, 2016 A'Sian Dotson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 27, 2012 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Eric Jerome Dickey has managed to really get the best of me this time. I have been a fan his for years. I have not ever been moved to the point of wanting to WRITE to any author and tell him to kindly stop putting how I feel about this life I find myself in on paper for all to see? Lol . I wanted to him to know that the feelings and the conflict Dymtryk and Trouble are real and right on the point.I have seen what people will do to sustain some semblance of what used to be their lives. None have ...more
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Eric 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
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