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The Dime

(Betty Rhyzyk #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,115 ratings  ·  353 reviews
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 a
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Mulholland Books
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James Thane
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Betty Rhyzyk hails from a long line of Brooklyn, New York, cops. She's recently moved to Dallas with her lover and has discovered, as they say, that Texas is a whole 'nother world. She's working as part of a team investigating illegal drug sales, but the investigation is blown off track by a couple of particularly brutal murders, and Betty finds herself in the middle of a huge mess. She also finds herself the target of some particularly violent and creepy people who invade her life for reasons t ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
Well, shoot.  I seem to have misplaced my one-paragraph reviewer's cap this time, but I enjoyed every minute of this police procedural and have already reserved the next book in the series.  

Betty Rhyzyk.  Lady detective on the Dallas police force.  Tall and fiery, she takes no guff from her fellow officers, giving back as good as she gets.  Brought up in Brooklyn in a family of cops, she knows well the human capacity for doing evil, the frustration of dealing with the recalcitrant, the utter bo
Tall, ginger haired, steely and sportin' a sharp-edged Brooklyn attitude......

That's Betty Rhyzyk. Betty comes from a long line of cops that patrolled the unruly streets of Brooklyn. No shock that Betty would join the force herself. When the last of her family members, Uncle Benny, passes away, she knows that it's time to move on.

Never expected that Betty would leave the familiar and venture into the unknown panorama of Dallas. Because I'm a big Kathleen Kent fan and loved her historical fiction
5 Stars for The Dime (Betty Rhyzyk series, book 1) (audiobook) by Kathleen Kent read by Cynthia Farrell. This is a reread for me. This is the story that I thought Rizzoli & Isles should have been. There is no innuendos here. It has real relationships and real drama. I can’t wait to get the next book in the series. This is one of my favorite books from last year. The narration is great too.
I read a fair amount of crime fiction, and this first in a series about a narcotics detective in Texas sounded like it might have some promise. It features Betty, an athletic flame-haired 6-foot Brooklyn cop who relocated to Dallas with her partner a few years previously. There's plenty of backstory about her Polish police family upbringing in NYC, which often veers toward the cliched when invoking her beloved Uncle Benny.

In any event, the story here starts with a large-scale meth dealer and qui
Jamie Canaves
To be totally honest, I had planned on skipping this one since I wasn’t really in the mood for the whole Mexican gang rapist/drug dealers thing (what I assumed it would be about–it’s not!) BUT Mulholland Books has yet to disappoint at all AND Rioter Liberty Hardy recommended it. I AM SO GLAD I READ THIS ONE. After a huge weekend reading slump where nothing I picked up made me want to keep reading, this one enveloped me into its pages and wouldn’t let me go. I tell you all this because I don’t th ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Interesting police mystery/procedural, highlighted by an unusual protagonist: a 5 foot, 10 inch, exuberant red headed lesbian, of Polish extraction, from Brooklyn, who moves to Dallas with her girlfriend and joins the Dallas PD. Assigned to Narcotics, she is on the trail of a Mexican Meth dealer--but that case goes South in a hurry. Almost a dozen bodies pile up including, eventually, the Mexican--or his head, anyway.

Obviously, competition has come to the Texas Meth market. But the competition
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Whooooo boy, ALL the trigger warnings.

I love Betty Rhyzyk. She is the badass detective that I have been wanting to read, I was just so in the mood for this (what, I’ve been bingeing The Closer, sue me). This book kept me on my toes - I really didn’t know where it was going for so much of the time. Then when I did realize - well, I was practically reading through my fingers and almost had to put the book in the freezer for a while.

I cannot WAIT to see what’s in store in the next book!
Dan Radovich
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Welcome to present day Kathleen Kent, and thank you for bringing Detective Betty with you. I hope that there are more Betty Rhyzyk books coming from Kent - she has written a damn good police procedural with THE DIME. A Brooklyn cop moves to Dallas, that alone should make you want to read it, and gets involved in a case that nearly shatters her. Kent throws a lot into this story, everything working to bring Rhyzyk to life. It is not just all cops and drug dealers, you get a feel for home life too ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Dime by Kathleen Kent is the first novel of a series featuring hard-nosed Det. Betty Rhyzyk, a transplanted Brooklyn New York police officer now working as a narcotics detective in Texas.

Rhyzyk is a member of a unit investigating the drug sales of a violent drug dealer which intensifies after a large, surveilled drug sale goes off track, leaving three dead, including a police officer, and Kent's partner injured.

In the search for the violent drug dealer responsible for the murders, Ryhzyk a
My first thought after finishing Kathleen Kent's The Dime was: Wow. I really did not see any of that coming. I give many kudos to Kent and her fantastic storytelling.The Dime is a modern day hard boiled topsy turvy fascinating mystery.

The Dime is about a Brooklyn transplant legacy cop named Detective Betty Rhyzyk who now works narcotics at the Dallas Police Department. Betty is red headed sharp, sarcastic, and gay which gives her some ire from the veterans on the department. Her girlfriend, Jac
Luanne Ollivier
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kathleen Kent has just released her new novel The Dime. I've read and really liked her historical novels and was looking forward to this newest book.

Wow. This latest was a complete departure from her previous work - and I loved it!

The Dime introduces us to Betty Rhyzyk - a Brooklyn cop from a long line of law enforcement. She and her girlfriend have relocated to Dallas. Now working as a Narcotics Detective, Riz has no lack of cases. The Mexican drug cartels are making sure of that. But when her
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 *
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
Betty Rhyzyk is the last member of a Brooklyn family of blue (cops), and moves to Dallas for a fresh start along with Jackie, her doctor girlfriend. Of course, her sexuality is a major source of harassment from her mostly male colleagues. When drug deaths start escalating, there seems to be a turf battle, and Betty seems to be at the epicenter. Off trying to find a hillbilly meth family, she is taken prisoner for an odd purpose. Her escape is preposterous. The best parts are Uncle Benny and Jame ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didnt-finish
I've read some of Kathleen Kent's historical fiction and liked it so I was interested to see how she did with a contemporary mystery series.

If you've read the blurb for the book you know it's about a gay Polish-American detective from NYC who relocates to Dallas. This was the part of the book that made me feel like I was almost coming from another planet than the author. The author made a huge deal about Betty's sexuality and all the crap she took from her co-workers. I know that this is still v
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THE DIME had a slow-ish build with a few time jumps for context before the latter 50% of the story took off like a rocket. This definitely went in a direction I didn't see coming and I loved it. I loved the rich vividness of Texas, the struggle of a Brooklyn cop to adapt to her new home, the fact that this tall, tough as nails, detective was a lesbian (and all the conflict that brings not only as a police officer but as a individual living in the south), and I definitely enjoyed all the secondar ...more
Incredibly well written, I'm already in the midst of a book hangover. Incredibly violent in almost every way possible, so just a heads up if you're thinking about picking this up. I loved these characters so much and I can't wait until the next in the series (which might be this year?). Kent managed to keep me guessing and I kept having to pause the book at work because it was so tense and distracting that I wasn't getting work done. ...more
Edward  Goetz
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery, 2018
This was better because the detective is gay and married. It was nice to get past the hard working male detective with ignored wife plot. The book was so much better for showing the same dynamic no matter what kind of couple you are. The scene showing how the doctor spouse handled discrimination at a restaurant was classic. I loved it.
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Super well-written police procedural: Brooklyn cop from a family of police moves to Texas, finds herself involved in a frighteningly complicated narcotics case.
Linda Munro
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth “Betty” Rhyzyk is a tough Police Detective, originally from Brooklyn she has recently been transplanted in Dallas, Texas; and that is strike one against her! Srike two is that she is taller than most of the men on her squad. Strike three is that she is one half of a gay couple, so what can and will this three strike Amazon do?

Thinking of herself as unbreakable will stretch Betty to her own limit when her first investigation into a Mexican drug cartel takes a turn towards disaster; but
Mal Warwick
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth (“Betty”) Rhyzyk is a narcotics detective on the Dallas Police Force. She’s a ten-year veteran, transplanted from Brooklyn. Betty comes from a family of Polish-American cops and is proud of her heritage. She has bright red hair, is nearly six feet tall—and graduated at the top of her class in the police academy back in Brooklyn. Betty is a lesbian and lives with her girlfriend, Jackie, a pediatric radiologist in a large Dallas hospital. But the male cops who work with her have long sin ...more
not for me/ cop family lore of Polish variety/ insanely-drawn main character that could interest others (red-headed female cop from Brooklyn, 5'11" moves with her girlfriend to good ol' Dallas where it's hot and drug deals are on the menu) ...more
Tom Swift
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid 4 Stars. I found this book because it was nominated for the Edgar Award. This is a story about a tough Brooklyn raised Dallas Vice detective. She gets involved pursuing a murderous drug cartel. This will be an excellent series.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Dime by Kathleen Kent is without a doubt one of my favorite reads of the year so far. I have only read one of Kent's prior novels; The Outcast and remember really enjoying that one as well. But here I hope Kent looks to create a series from the Dime, because in Betty Rhysyk she may have created the best new lead detective character of the year.

Detective Betty Rhyzyk is a tough as nails, take now prisoner police detective that comes from a long line of tough as nails detectives. In her hometo
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dallas police detective Betty Rhyzyk leads an investigation of a Mexican drug dealer which erupts into a shooting after a civilian disrupts her undercover stakeout. Betty is a hardnosed cop who joined the Dallas police department after moving from Brooklyn where her family had a long legacy of former cops. Soon after the stakeout, someone delivers the drug dealer's head to Betty in a box and leaves a lock of hair on her bed. The stalker concerns her but she never imagines the lengths he and his ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Betty Rhyzyk is a Brooklyn cop from a long line of Brooklyn cops. But she moved to Dallas to make her partner happy. Now Betty is a Narcotics cop for DPD and Jackie is an emergency room doctor. Nobody in Jackie's family is happy about her relationship with Betty, except maybe her Uncle Joe, a Vietnam vet who drinks a lot. Betty is big and loud and red-headed and she busts balls with the best of the Narc squad. When a bust goes bad, with civilian causalities and a dead beat cop, Betty is determin ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book should be called the dynamite instead of The Dime. The plot is like a slow burning fuse and then KABOOM! The last hundred pages just explode and I was not expecting the change of pace at all. There’s no way you can put it down at that point. I sure hope this is going to become a series because I can’t wait for more.
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Betty Rhyzyk is a tough, red-headed lesbian detective in Dallas, and she doesn't take any crap from anyone. This is Kathleen Kent's first crime novel, and I hope she sticks with the genre, because this book is really good. ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I'm looking forward to the next one! More bad bitch lesbian detective novels, please! ...more
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