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TANDEM REVIEW: “The Price of Dick” by Dan Skinner


His name is Richard but he’ll say, “Call me Dick.” He’s a big, butch, brainy guy in an executive suit, hotter than spit on a skillet. The type of guy you can see fully dressed and imagine buck naked in the throes of an orgasm – every six-feet-two, muscular, sexually intoxicating inch of him. He’s an ambitious freshman in a prominent brokerage firm who’s figured out he can use more than his smarts to get ahead. He’s perfected a surefire method to drive home a hard deal. No one can resist him. And he’s got one really big secret. But that will cost you.

For photographer J.J. Johnstone, the price of Dick just might cost him everything.



Sue –

I’ll tell you what’s really strange about reading this: it feels like it’s real. I felt like I was reading a true life memoir – and it was addictive. I spent a long time transfixed by this story; mouth agape, eyes wide and mind going in all kinds of directions as the story unfolded.

The writing is in first person POV and I felt like I was sitting in a cafe and drinking a mocha as my friend his J.J. told me his story. I was totally caught up by it and it only intensified as it progressed.

While the title of this story is “The Price of Dick”, the story is very much about the narrator – J.J.. I adored J.J. and loved the way he viewed the world and then shared it with us.  I loved seeing the world through his eyes.  I listened as he told his story and held hope for him the whole time.

I loved the way the story was written. It was gripping and snarky and mostly without pretence.

But I think people should be prepared for the ending. Despite all the things I loved about 95% of the book, I was left underwhelmed by the finale. Yes, it will suit some readers with it’s outcome, but it felt like there was such a long, tense build with such anticipation for the climax and then boom! it was over. I wouldn’t suggest that the book is not worth reading, but perhaps the ending is not worthy of the book – and for that I’ve taken a full star off my rating.

And people, I hope you never, ever cross paths with someone like Dick.

Rating: 3.5 stars


Jenni –

I loved the writing style. The conversational tone was engaging and interesting. At first I had this feeling J.J. was a little smug, but it quickly became fascinating (and occasionally fun) to have a “conversation” with him throughout the course of the book.

There was a fantastic sense of build and foreboding with the story: I knew something was coming, and it compelled me to read on to find out what Dick would do next.

I hated Dick! He was the *ultimate* villain and just so well drawn. He came off as dumb and jock-like, so it was brilliant to have insight into his behavior by way of the supporting characters, including his brothers and the others he tried to form relationships with, like the models J.J. brought to the shoots.

Dick’s mother was an especially frightening and cunning character, too. She’s the mom you’re afraid you might end up becoming: extremely overbearing, bossy, mean/demeaning, unapproachable and just generally hated by all your friends for her helicoptering ways. Paging Mommy Dearest!

The thing I loved the most and that scared me the most was how thought-provoking this book was. I believe there really are people as delusional as Dick in this world: people who use and abuse and manipulate, and who lie, cheat and steal to get what they want and need, and that’s scary business. It made me pause and feel a little sad for all the victims of people like Dick.

I’m *intrigued* by the idea that this book may be autobiographical to an extent (and hella sad for poor Dan Skinner if so). It closely follows what appears to be his real-life career. If it is, congrats on making it out alive, Dan, sheesh!


I thought J.J. should have been a little more…vulnerable and self-deprecating. He had a tendency to appear smug, especially early on, but I did like his tenacity. And the fact that he was able to pull himself out of his Dick-induced spiral (and away from drinking/back to exercising) was pretty awesome.

My biggest beef with the book was the ending. And the ending. Did I mention the ending? Because that ending. GAH. It was too neat, too tidy and too over-the-top.  Without giving away plot details, all I can really say is that it annoyed me that characters sprang up to deal with plot issues. Need a lawyer? Boom, solution. Want a way to blackmail someone into submission? Plop, solution. Happily-ever-afters with fame, fortune and a hot guy at your side don’t generally come that fast and that easy, know what I mean?

Final rating: 3.5 stars



22304825Title: The Price of Dick
Author:  Dan Skinner
Publisher:  Cerberus Inc
Pages: 291
Release Date: May 21, 2014
Purchase Links: Amazon, ARe, Barnes & Noble

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