I've been wanting to read this book for a while so last week I finally purchased it, before reading it I scrolled through some of the reviews to see what others thought of the title. A lot of people commented that he was super heavy on Black/white aspect of the character or "too woke" so I went in reading with a grain of salt.
Right from the jump, he hits you in the face with a lot of consciousness and I'm cool with that but as the story goes on I can see why some would feel like he's heavy-handed with some of the "rhetoric". I noticed it but still no true issue, I took personal feelings out of the equation and thought maybe these characters spoke to him in this fashion because of the times that we are living in and this is his way to document the times, or he may or may not have shared some of the beliefs of the characters and the way they view the world, doesn't matter here nor there I related because I've held some of these conversations myself.
Eric Jerome Dickey is one of my favorite authors and without sounding bias Thieves Paradise is an excellent addition to his roster. I am late to the party with this title but was pleased to find out that this is where characters from other titles originated (Scamz, Sierra & Arizona). The story moved at a comfortable pace he and did a great job at showing action and consequence. Overall great read!