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Table of Contents
 
 
Praise for Eric Jerome Dickey
Naughty or Nice
 
“Hot enough to scorch fingers. Dickey is a master at writing about women and what they want and how they want it. There are three kinds of physical love in these pages: hot, red hot, and nuclear.”

Publishers Weekly
 
“A very funny and engrossing novel ... laugh-out-loud humor.”

Booklist
 
 
The Other Woman
 
 
“Dickey taps the intimate emotions of a woman.”

Entertainment
Weekly
 
“A fast-paced tale.”—
Essence
 
“[A] sharp-edged, sizzling novel.”—
Publishers Weekly
 
“The prediction here is that
The Other Woman
will show up on beaches all over the country this summer.”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
“Good and gritty storytelling.”—
Kirkus Reviews
 
Thieves’ Paradise
NAACP Image Award Nominee
 
“Smartly paced ... heart-pumping ... electrifying ... compelling.”

Publishers Weekly
 
“Passionate, sensual, rhythmic. If Eric’s previous novels are food for the soul,
Thieves’ Paradise
is the nectar and ambrosia of life.”

The Chicago Defender
Between Lovers
 
 
“A witty, sexy romp.”—
The Sunday Denver Post
 
“A hip, funny, and realistically bittersweet love story of our times.”

Washington Sun
 
“Provocative and complex.”—
Ebony
 
Liar’s Game
 
 
“Steamy romance, betrayal, and redemption. Dickey at his best.”
—USA Today
 
“Fast-paced ... sexy, sassy ... a high-spirited roller-coaster ride of a novel.”—
Florida Star
(Jacksonville)
 
“Skillful ... scandalous ... a rich gumbo of narrative twists.”
-Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
Cheaters
 
 
“A deftly crafted tale about the games people play and the lies they tell on their search for love.”—
Ebony
 
“Wonderfully written ... smooth, unique, and genuine.”

The Washington Post Book World
 
“Hot, sexy, and funny.”—
Library Journal
Friends and Lovers
 
 
“Crackles with wit and all the rhythm of an intoxicatingly funky rap. A fun read.”—
The Cincinnati Enquirer
 
“Fluid as a rap song. Dickey can stand alone among modern novelists in capturing the flavor, rhythm, and pace of African-American speak.”—
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
 
“Dickey uses humor, poignancy, and a fresh, creative writing style.”
—USA Today
 
“A colorful, sexy tale.”—
Marie Claire
 
Milk in My Coffee
 
“Rich
Coffee
steams away clichés of interracial romance ... a true-to-life, complex story of relationships.”—
USA Today
 
“Heartwarming and hilarious.”—
The Cincinnati Enquirer
 
“Dickey scores with characters who come to feel like old friends.”

Essence
 
 
 
Sister, Sister
 
“Genuine emotional depth.”
-The Boston Globe
 
“Vibrant ... marks the debut of a true talent.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
“Bold and sassy ... brims with humor, outrageousness, and the generosity of affection.”—
Publishers Weekly
ALSO BY ERIC JEROME DICKEY
Genevieve
Naughty or Nice
The Other Woman
Thieves’ Paradise
Between Lovers
Liar’s Game
Cheaters
Milk in My Coffee
Friends and Lovers
Sister, Sister
 
 
ANTHOLOGIES
 
Got to Be Real
Mothers and Sons
River Crossings: Voices of the Diaspora
Griots Beneath the Baobab
Black Silk: A Collection of African American Erotica
Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing
 
Cappuccino
(Movie)—
Original Story
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Copyright @ Eric Jerome Dickey, 2004 Excerpt from
Genevieve
copyright © Eric Jerome Dickey, 2005
All rights reserved
Dickey, Eric Jerome.
Drive me crazy / by Eric Jerome Dickey.
p. cm.
eISBN : 978-1-101-14242-4
1. Triangles (Interpersonal relations)—Fiction. 2. Married women—Fiction.
3. Ex-convicts—Fiction. 4. Secrecy—Fiction. I. Title.
PS3554.I319D75 2004
813’.54—dc22
2004009926
 
 
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For Dominique
PROVERBS 5:3-5
 
3
For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4
But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
5
Her feet go down to death; her steps lay hold of hell.
1
People called me Driver. It was my sobriquet, not my birth name.
Driver.
I’d been working for the same limousine service since I made it back on this side of The Wall. Not since the day I got out, I’d hustled here and there, but it was my first real job. After two years of living on lockdown, I found that as hard as it was living in a cage it was even rougher when you finally had freedom’s sunshine on your face. I’d paid my debt, but a man with a record, no matter how legit he tries to be, will still get a hard time from the assholes holding the jobs.
Part of it was my look. I’d inherited a John Henry, railroad-worker build like my maternal granddaddy. When you were six-two and dark as an open road, you grew up knowing that America wasn’t as kumbaya as it claimed to be. In some countries a man who looked like me would be a king. Where I lived I just passed for a suspect. I learned how to soften that look. I shaved my head bald and wore glasses when I could. Glasses intellectualized my appearance. Actually I needed them for reading. My world was getting blurry. When a man turns forty his body starts to change. But, to be honest, I couldn’t hide what I owned. A few times I’d walked into a room and men pulled their women closer. Maybe because when some women saw me, there was a subtle shift, like somebody had struck a match down below.
Women hadn’t been shit but trouble in my world.
My relationship with women was the same as my love-hate relationship with L.A. The city was expensive and pretty, decorated in palm trees and beaches, and even with smog, earthquakes, road rage, and endless traffic, a woman that beautiful was hard to leave. She heated you up in the middle of the day and with a gentle breeze she cooled you off at night.
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