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Bad Men and Wicked Women

(Ken Swift #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  893 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Affairs of the heart can be lethal in New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey's latest sensual, thrilling novel.

As a low-level enforcer in Los Angeles, Ken Swift knows danger, but nowhere does he feel it more than in his tangled romances. Divorced from one woman, in love with another, and wrestling with a strong desire to get to know a third, his life is far f
Kindle Edition, 381 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Dutton
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My official rating is 2.5. This was a history lesson, a rant, and political commentary wrapped around a subpar plot. I enjoyed the lessons and commentary to a degree. It drudged on for the entire book and tired me as I was trying to find the plot. Much of the language was redundant. I was over it all by 30% in.

Many of my book friends raved about 'The Blackbird' and 'Gideon'. Also, I'd heard much praise, over the years, about his books that when I saw he had a new release, I didn't want to miss
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good history mixed into a pretty good story. 8 of 10 stars
Kelsie Maxwell
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ftr-read
I hate reviews with spoilers so you won't read any here. All you'll get is my humble opinion about the quality of this novel.

I love Eric Jerome Dickey and Bad Men and Wicked Women lives up to the hype. The characters are on point, as usual. Ken Smith and Jake Ellis are in it up to their eyeballs with the women in their lives and the danger posed by their “job”. This story is action packed with a little ghetto love thrown in for good measure. I was up all night with this one. Another must-read.
Ken Swift is a complicated man: tangled in romance by day, dangerous enforcer by night. Divorced from one woman, in love with another, in lust with a neighbor, and a strong desire to know a fourth woman. He is haunted by old memories that are suddenly in his face. His daughter Margaux appears out of nowhere demanding a large sum of money. Meanwhile, Ken Swift is actively working a major job that puts his life at risk.

The father-daughter reunion is bittersweet. Ken Swift wants nothing more than t
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, ejd
This is a GoodRead!.....Now there were a few moments that I was like ok enuff, but overall definitely an EJD read.
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-for-review
*3.5 stars*

Bad Men and Wicked Women is an entertaining read. Is it my favorite Dickey book? No. I loved it because it was hard to put down, even if I spent a good qtr of it rolling my eyes. I little too much going on with these characters. I absorbed the relevant topics of discussion, I abhorred the rest. Margaux needs an intervention. Seriously, the girl is all twisted the hell up inside. Hell, the outside, too. Ken & Jake? I'm still trying to picture these two men. Trying to wrap my head aroun
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I just couldn't get into it. Someone asked what this book was about, I couldn't even explain and I was 70% done. I just wasn't sure where it was going. I think I went into thinking it was going to be like the Gideon series which I absolutely loved. I felt as though it took to long to get to the plot but at the same time the ending was rushed. Seems like this may be the coming of a new series not sure if I'll pick up the next if this is the case. ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting. I had a strong connection to the main character but no ties to anyone else really. Slow to start, felt like the novel was getting away, but it finally takes off nicely once things get started.
Heavy with some of the history passages, but solid overall.
Chris Jackson
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
i thought it was pretty well written, and Eric Jerome Dickey doesn’t ever really disappoint. Coming off of The Blackbirds, this wasn’t AS good to me, but it was still decent nonetheless and i would recommend it.
Tiffany Tyler
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
The first 25% reminded me of the language used in a Tarantino film and I’m really not a fan of his.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Caution-I don't discuss specific deatils of the book, but I do go into the plot, so read with caution.

I am a long time reader of Eric Jerome Dickey. I preorder his books and read everything that he writes, so please know that I am approaching this review with respect for the author.

This is not a good book. Eric Jerome Dickey wanted to use his platform to discuss current and past social and political issues and he is well within his right. However, this plot is paper thin and really doesn't hav
Bad Men and Wicked Women

I Picked Up This Book Because: It’s been a long time since I picked up and EJD book and the cover to this one was irresistible.

The Characters:

Ken Swift:
Jake Ellis, Margaux, several other characters whose importance to the storyline I could not determine

The Story:

This book did more annoying me than entertaining me so I had to call it quits. I wanted to find out what was going on with Margaux, I really did, but I couldn’t take all the stalling. T
Bin Blogs Books
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
With very layered strong characters, this book should have been right up my alley but despite that I was kinda frustrated more than entertained. I at once couldn't stop reading as I rolled my eyes, cringed, and thought more than once 'where exactly is this story going'. I got halfway through and just couldn't continue. I hate to give up on a well written story, but over halfway through there really needs to be more of the plot revealed. Strong cultural, political and spiritual commentary reflect ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
It was just okay!
Mathis Bailey
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This was like Bad Boys meets Training Day meets Jack Reacher. There was a whole lot of action, butt kicking, and blackmailing. I enjoyed it. A fun ride. I liked all the pop culture references and social commentary throughout. The only thing that had me puzzling was, what happened to Jimi Lee? The main character's ex-wife. She came into one scene and vanished. Her character was very short lived. Or perhaps I missed something. That was the only thing that felt odd and stood out.

The story is about
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was released today. How are there reviews already?

I’ll start it tonight 😝, currently excited about this one!! Love his style of writing ✍🏾.
Started off really interesting and full of conflict but then slowed down a little in the middle. I am used to more twists and turns from EJD, but I enjoyed meeting these new batch of characters and would love to read about them again.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This was just an OK read for me. It started out slow to me.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I had a really hard time reading this book. It was very slow for me. I almost stopped reading it but I finished it because its hard to do a review if you don't fully read a book so I forced myself too. This book was not my cup of tea but if you like the description it might be worth a read. Part of my problem might be is I thought that the book was a romance novel and I swear it was labeled that way from the site I got it from, but I must have been wrong because this was not really a romance nov ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
One reviewer said that it reads like a Tarantino movie. That reviewer is dead on. Salty language from corrupt characters doing evil deeds. I kinda liked it! 😉
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.25 Stars. I give the plot of this 1 star, the characters 2 stars, and the writing 3 stars.
I find some of Eric Jerome Dickey’s characters very unrealistic and hard to relate to in his action type novels so at times I stop caring about them and what’s happening. The thing I really liked was the discussion about many important issues that takes place in the dialogue even though it seems random and not the best time( middle of fight scenes while characters are bleeding). I prefer this author’s boo
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a difficult read for me because of the slow burn of the plot. Half way through the story and the action is just starting to pick up. Way too much diaglog that I thought was unnecessary. I almost put the book down several times, but managed to get through it.
Overall, this was not my favorite EJD read and I'm a bit disappointed. He finished the story strong, but it took too long to get there.
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an ok read, it is not like his usual books, it started off really slow to me and I felt like he was using this book to get out his frustrations on some of the things that is going on today.

The story of Ken Swift and his daughter Margaux and their estranged relationship was a good storyline once he actually gets to their story.
May 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
I've read a few of Eric Jerome Dickey's books over the years and enjoyed them so naturally I had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately it was a total let down. This book was so boring to say the least and his constant dialogues about race were a bit too much for me. I was able to finish it because I was curious about why his daughter came to him but that turned out to be a let down too. ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ten 🌟🌟’s a little Political but very relevant.. Sexy, raw, emotional.. A must read..
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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patrick Lorelli
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense-romance
Set in Los Angels the book opens with Ken Swift an enforcer meeting his adult daughter who was taken to Africa when she was young after her mother remarried. Dealing with past divorce and looking at the current relationships. The author takes you on a ride through Los Angeles. The history of Los Angeles from the different riots to other social trends that have been set aside or moved aside by whomever.
With Jake being blackmailed by his daughter for 50,000 dollars. He and his partner Jake Ellis s
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
So it had some good history and political truth tied into an explosive story line. It had some ghetto love thrown into truth about family and racism. I loved the story line and had read Before We Were Wicked first and then this one. All though BWWW started off as a little high school it quickly changed into more than that with the story line. Loved both especially with the two books together. I feel like there was a complete transition and I wasn’t left feeling like there was no closure or endin ...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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