bookcover-dimeBrooklyn’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.

Listen below to THE DIME reviewed on NPR’s FRESH AIR with host Terry Gross.


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  • Listed in The New York Times "The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction" (March 2017)

    "THE DIME is a gritty police thriller set in contemporary Texas, which kicks off a new series…Betty's narration throughout, at once edgy and amiable, is a continuous pleasure to read, even when the story veers into dark and ugly terrain." —Los Angeles Times

    "the wiry protagonist of THE DIME, Kathleen Kent's terrific crime fiction debut, is anything but your typical Texas cop…Kent's own ability to avoid predictable outcomes and keep the reader on edge bodes well for future installments in this series." —Chicago Tribune

    "When Dallas police detective Betty Rhyzyk—the tall, redheaded Brooklyn transplant who narrates Kathleen Kent's often exciting and sometimes moving police thriller, THE DIME—is asked by a male colleague whether it's harder being a female cop in New York or Texas, she answers, "Much, much harder up north." Her Brooklyn mates, she says, "were old school. Three generations of pounding concrete, fighting slum wars, and resisting bribes from gangs and the Cosa Nostra. All you guys had to fight were some cattle rustlers and a few Native Americans on horseback." —Wall Street Journal

    "But as hard-to-forget as Kent's main character is, the breakout star of this show is the city of Dallas. And it ain't all glitz and J.R. Ewing." —Dallas Observer

    "With three bestselling historical novels under her belt already, Kent knows her craft. THE DIME's tight plotting and masterful suspense is no surprise…From the name-dropping of favorite Dallas haunts like Fuel City Tacos to jokes about the traffic on 75, Dallas is no supporting star, it is a deliberate star." —D Magazine

    "Kent's outstanding first crime novel…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 Review

    "a gutsy, smart, unconventional detective…Detective Rhyzyk's first-person narrative begins with a bang and doesn't let up…Kent is a multi-faceted and multi-talented writer. Her action scenes are exhilarating; her humor alternating between teasing and sharp; her dialogue snappy." —Lone Star Literary Life

    "Kent, a writer of historical fiction, explodes onto the crime scene genre with a detective who has all the qualities that'll make her stand out from the crowd." —BookPage

    "Gritty and gripping, explosive and emotional, Kathleen Kent's THE DIME grabs you from its opening scene and never lets go. Kent tears off the glossy facade of Dallas to show us a dark underbelly of crime. A great start for an exciting new series." —Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of The First Order

    "Betty is a terrific character…A worthy addition to the ranks of strong female detectives." —Booklist

    "Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing. Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated-as a brilliant, modern woman… Kent neatly balances the tough talk and high body count of a traditional hard-boiled detective novel, reminiscent of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, with the modern strength of this complex, flawed, and interesting woman." —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

    "I loved THE DIME…. The writing is a smooth as Texas spring water, and the story grabs you by the throat and 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

    "[A] gritty series debut… This fast-paced, adrenaline-producing suspense novel will appeal to Karin Slaughter fans." —Library Journal

    "In THE DIME Kathleen Kent introduces an exciting new force in the crime thriller world: Detective Betty Rhyzyk…. 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 County in the World

    "Smart, gritty, and populated by a rogue's gallery of unforgettable characters, THE DIME is relentless. As it races full-bore its way toward a climax that's truly creepy, the best you can do is hang on—and it’s a hell of a ride.” —Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself