Eric Jerome Dickey’s “Sleeping with Strangers” Is A Strange Kind of “Hit”
by Dr. Pamela Gurley, D.M.
As a fan of many stories written by Eric Jerome Dickey (EJD), Sleeping with Strangers was certainly a twist on the many books I have read by him. The first in a five-book series tells the beginning tale of Gideon, a trained hitman raised by a prostitute mother.
A man plagued by his childhood, he hated his mother and found himself only able to connect to women sexually. After all, everything he ever learned about emotional relationships was identified through sex and money (even by his own mother, Thelma). Thelma selfishly and constantly offered sex or money to him for favors — and not the good kind. She also cheated him by lying about the amounts of money she would receive when paying him for favors. He blames her for the man he became (primarily because she taught him to kill).
Written to be narrated by Gideon himself, Sleeping with Strangers will shock you, baffle you, and intrigue you while taking you on a wild international chase through the minds and acts of a society of hitmen (and women). And while you think (or imagine) most hitmen would be emotionless, fearless, and nonchalant, Gideon was none of the above. As a matter of fact, he was always sure of his emotional states, and sometimes it nearly cost him his life.
The rationale of him taking on contracted “jobs” was to make a million dollars — to get the women he wants. And if taking on this type of work is not risky enough, a job that he takes comes back to both haunt him and have him hunted.
After a violent “hit” on a high-profile rapper, he catches a flight to London. This sets the pace (and tone) for a chain of events for Gideon. Not only does he battle paranoia and regret, but he also realizes he cannot trust anyone. And I mean anyone. Every character in this book will have you guessing who Gideon can rely on and who will kill him.
Sleeping with Strangers is a fast-paced, violent, and deadly thriller that gives readers a chance to reconnect with some of their favorite characters from other EJD novels. There is not one dull moment in this book. It will keep you cringing yet captivated by it’s sensuality. Do yourself a favor, read book one and it will definitely have you wanting to pick up book two.
Personally, I bought the series!