Eric Jerome Dickey takes his writing to a different level in his latest novel. Drive Me Crazy reads like an action movie. Dickey causes heads to spin in page after page of this electrifying, sizzling, gritty novel. No holds are barred as he hits us with plot on top of plot. The ride he takes us on is so fast and exhilarating that this book can easily be read in one evening – if one has the time. Like his other novels, we find conflicts between men and women, inside and outside of the bedroom. And love is the catalyst of passion, hate, and revenge. Dickey takes us to the street, around dark corners and into seedy joints. And, like his characters, we wade through the darkness of lies and deceptions, wondering who can be trusted.
L.A. is a dangerous woman. She’s pretty to look at and she uses her beauty to lure people to her bosom. Once inside, L.A. shows her ugly side. And before anyone can utter “beauty is only skin deep,” it’s too late. This hotel in California is possessive. The City of Angels feeds on her victims’ souls with a pretty smile, until they become hollow props in her playground, like the grit and grime littering her streets.
Driver, a limousine driver, doesn’t need the trouble. But when he deals with women, trouble always rears its ugly head – even upon the most attractive faces. And because he has a record – served a two-year prison sentence – women looking to cause trouble zero in on him automatically.
To say he curses the day he had an affair with Lisa, a married woman, is an understatement. His world takes a turn for the worse after he doesn’t follow through with their plan for him to kill her husband. He not only cannot pay her back the fifteen thousand dollars she gives him in advance to commit the murder, but he also accepts a job with her husband, whom he befriends. Driver becomes the victim of numerous threats and attacks by this woman scorned.
On the other side of town, he is helping another young woman, Arizona, con a successful writer out of a lot of money. With information his brother provides him, Driver uncovers a secret about this author that can lead him straight to a pot of gold - that is, if he can survive the fury of his femme fatale.
Drive Me Crazy is magnificent. Dickey will definitely receive admiration from a new audience and the continued devotion from old fans with this piece. Bravo.