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Dirty Money Honey by Nisa Santiago, Erica Hilton, and Kim K. (Review)

Dirty Money Honey. By Nisa Santiago, Erica Hilton, and Kim K. Melodrama Publishing, 2011. 223 pages.

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Written from multiple perspectives and by three different authors, Dirty Money Honey details Honey Robinson’s fall from life as a happily married ATF agent in Harlem to her rise as the ringleader of the heist of the century in Las Vegas. Using her brains and her mad shooting skills, can Honey walk away from Las Vegas with millions and a convenient patsy or two on which to pin the crime?

In this intricately-plotted thriller, Las Vegas police are left stumbling for leads as authors Erica Hilton, Nisa Santiago, and Kim K. unravel a complex plot for readers to enjoy. Plenty of fast-paced dialogue, plot-twists, violence, and intrigue will leave readers of urban fiction, thrillers, and heist stories rooting for Honey to get her hands on that dirty money.

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Discussion Questions (Spoiler Alert)

  1. The relationship between Honey and the only man who seems to be onto her, Hernandez, is left unclear at the end of this novel. What do you think is implied by their last exchange?
  2. Family loyalties, revenge, and backstabbing are at the core of Honey’s heist scheme, yet even her father seems unfazed by Chief’s death. How are sympathies and respect played out in this novel, and how might this be connected to an idea of “street life” versus other family norms?
  3. As with many thrillers, the details of Honey’s heist are revealed to readers over a period of time. Were there any surprises? How effective was the pacing of the story for you?
  4. This book was written by three different authors. The last section written by Kim K., The Patsy, in particular utilized alternate points of view. How did this effect your reading of the book and its pacing? Did the multiple authors make reading the text difficult, or did you not notice?
  5. How did you feel about the characterization of the investigators in this book, particularly Agent Peterson’s desire to book a Mexican gang for the crime, ignoring the description of a white male suspect? What other racial inequities stood out in this novel, and how did they make you feel? Did they read as genuine?

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