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Dead prostitutes can seem like part of the landscape in South Los Angeles. What, then, could render two veteran homicide detectives speechless as they stand over their latest victim? Tightly-wound Dickie Jones and his smart and cocky partner, Matt “Pretty Boy Floyd” Tyler, find themselves entangled with gang members and a sexy drug dealer as they uncover a nefarious plot Dead prostitutes can seem like part of the landscape in South Los Angeles. What, then, could render two veteran homicide detectives speechless as they stand over their latest victim? Tightly-wound Dickie Jones and his smart and cocky partner, Matt “Pretty Boy Floyd” Tyler, find themselves entangled with gang members and a sexy drug dealer as they uncover a nefarious plot rife with greed, sex, and betrayal. Can law enforcement’s “odd couple” survive fights, shootouts, and a sniper who wants them dead? What about their wives, and their captain, all of whom have had it with them both? A Good Bunch of Men will have you laughing, gasping, and craving the next in the Dickie Floyd Detective series. *** “Finally, someone wrote it the way it should be written and added a few twists along the way. Real page turner.” – J. Sheehy “I was totally blown away. Unable to put the book down. Anyone with law enforcement experience MUST read this book.” – JZ “There's nothing like authenticity to set a book apart.” – Jackson “This work of fiction will take you into the heart of a homicide investigation, with its many twists and turns. Excellent character development and the story is a page-turner.” – A. Argott “If you want to know how murders are truly investigated and solved, and how homicide detectives think, walk, and talk, then A Good Bunch of Men is for you.” – J. Knight “This book gets you behind the yellow tape of a murder scene and investigation. You will feel as though you're living the life of a homicide investigator.” – Cliff Yates “I've read a lot of law enforcement type stories, and this is probably the best one yet. The author obviously writes from experience.” – George B. “But once in a while, an author comes along who has not only been there and done that, but comes to the table with an eye for plotting, dialogue, and intrigue. And when that happens, one can celebrate their literary blessings.” – Dean Scoville, Author of A Gun, A Badge, and An Attitude. “Dickie Floyd belongs on the bookshelf of every Joseph Wambaugh and Michael Connelly fan. Wambaugh and Connelly write about LAPD. The author has written the quintessential LA County Sheriff's Department novel.” – Phil “Crime, fights, guns, with laughs and a dash of booze mixed in give us an inside look at the life of homicide detectives.” – Richard Powers


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Dead prostitutes can seem like part of the landscape in South Los Angeles. What, then, could render two veteran homicide detectives speechless as they stand over their latest victim? Tightly-wound Dickie Jones and his smart and cocky partner, Matt “Pretty Boy Floyd” Tyler, find themselves entangled with gang members and a sexy drug dealer as they uncover a nefarious plot Dead prostitutes can seem like part of the landscape in South Los Angeles. What, then, could render two veteran homicide detectives speechless as they stand over their latest victim? Tightly-wound Dickie Jones and his smart and cocky partner, Matt “Pretty Boy Floyd” Tyler, find themselves entangled with gang members and a sexy drug dealer as they uncover a nefarious plot rife with greed, sex, and betrayal. Can law enforcement’s “odd couple” survive fights, shootouts, and a sniper who wants them dead? What about their wives, and their captain, all of whom have had it with them both? A Good Bunch of Men will have you laughing, gasping, and craving the next in the Dickie Floyd Detective series. *** “Finally, someone wrote it the way it should be written and added a few twists along the way. Real page turner.” – J. Sheehy “I was totally blown away. Unable to put the book down. Anyone with law enforcement experience MUST read this book.” – JZ “There's nothing like authenticity to set a book apart.” – Jackson “This work of fiction will take you into the heart of a homicide investigation, with its many twists and turns. Excellent character development and the story is a page-turner.” – A. Argott “If you want to know how murders are truly investigated and solved, and how homicide detectives think, walk, and talk, then A Good Bunch of Men is for you.” – J. Knight “This book gets you behind the yellow tape of a murder scene and investigation. You will feel as though you're living the life of a homicide investigator.” – Cliff Yates “I've read a lot of law enforcement type stories, and this is probably the best one yet. The author obviously writes from experience.” – George B. “But once in a while, an author comes along who has not only been there and done that, but comes to the table with an eye for plotting, dialogue, and intrigue. And when that happens, one can celebrate their literary blessings.” – Dean Scoville, Author of A Gun, A Badge, and An Attitude. “Dickie Floyd belongs on the bookshelf of every Joseph Wambaugh and Michael Connelly fan. Wambaugh and Connelly write about LAPD. The author has written the quintessential LA County Sheriff's Department novel.” – Phil “Crime, fights, guns, with laughs and a dash of booze mixed in give us an inside look at the life of homicide detectives.” – Richard Powers

30 review for A Good Bunch of Men: A Dickie Floyd Detective Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie (JuJu)

    I was thrilled to find out I won a copy of this book (and several others) through the Scary Goods Sweepstakes I entered on Lauren Lee’s Facebook page...and a $50 Amazon gift card! Woohoo 🎉 🥳. Thank you Danny R. Smith!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. Buddy cops investigate the murder of a transsexual. Lots of action and shootouts, and plain craziness. Always entertaining, but sometimes nonsensical.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bicky

    I hate not being able to give 5*+ to this book because it is so good and so different from other books around. The author Danny R. Smith is a retired homicide detective and obviously knows the subject. This is a book about cops solving a murder rather than a police procedural. Richard Jones (Dickie) is the narrator. He and his partner Matt Tyler (Floyd) are the protagonists of this book and series to be known as the Dickie Floyd series. This is a book where the first person narrative is particular I hate not being able to give 5*+ to this book because it is so good and so different from other books around. The author Danny R. Smith is a retired homicide detective and obviously knows the subject. This is a book about cops solving a murder rather than a police procedural. Richard Jones (Dickie) is the narrator. He and his partner Matt Tyler (Floyd) are the protagonists of this book and series to be known as the Dickie Floyd series. This is a book where the first person narrative is particularly well suited as it sounds authentic, rough edges and all. The way these two and other cops talk and banter is realistic and hilarious. This is not just an author being witty but as if the characters themselves had the ability and the need for humour. This a great buddy novel, almost non-existent in the world of detective fiction with both Dickie and Floyd being equally important. The two detectives are sent to investigate a murder of a black prostitute Susie Q who they discover is a transsexual. Even if Dickie and Floyd are not at times politically correct in their oft expressed opinions about everything, they passionately investigate the murder and a similar murder even while other cops are ready to let go or find a convenient solution. In fact, when they discover that Susie had been beaten by her father because of her getting dolled up and using makeup, they are angry enough to mete out rough justice as if it was just another case of parental abuse. While conducting their investigation which leads to many plot twists, their spirit and the outrageous way they present themselves is captivating. Thus they are not afraid of entering an apartment complex with gangsters loitering around though it then results in their police car getting torched! Or in Texas to apprehend a suspect, they brazenly pretend to be Texas Rangers. During the entire narrative they also come up with interesting commentary about cops and life in general. An example: “The job had taken its toll on my first marriage, there was no doubt about that. But that was a long time ago, a time when the job and its inconvenient schedules and long hours made up just part of the problem. The other part of the equation—not unique to cop marriages and subsequent divorces—was that I was young, immature in many ways, and camaraderie with my partners seemed paramount. That meant nightly gatherings at cop bars or parking lots, because drinking with the boys was more important than coming home in those days. We referred to these gatherings as debriefings…” Or Floyd’s reading of Cosmopolitan and his parting of information on Tupperware parties. Or “…we finished up the morning discussion as to whether or not we truly were nuts or could we maybe be normal after all, or perhaps relatively normal, all things considered. We had concluded there were guys much worse, like… Nate Hollyfield, a former Marine Recon guy who recently took up skydiving from buildings in downtown Los Angeles—at night, since it is completely illegal—because being a cop in L.A. didn’t offer enough excitement for him.” The author is not someone who had always wanted to be a writer and finally chose to write about detectives. No, he was a detective who found that he had stories to tell and could do so effectively. It is a fresh voice which should have more readers. This is one of the most enjoyable books I have read this year. My only problem was with the ending which was reached after an unnecessary diversion and at that not completely satisfactorily.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Moran

    I have recently been able to get advance copies of Danny R. Smith's books. The first one is called A Good Bunch of Men. This book introduces us to Dickie Floyd, an LAPD homicide detective. Dickie Floyd is actually two detectives. "Dickie" is Richard Jones and Matt "Floyd" Tyler. We get to ride along with them while they hunt down the predators who snuff out the life of innocent people. Danny is a former LAPD officer so the language in the story reflects that fact. Danny manages to avoid cliches a I have recently been able to get advance copies of Danny R. Smith's books. The first one is called A Good Bunch of Men. This book introduces us to Dickie Floyd, an LAPD homicide detective. Dickie Floyd is actually two detectives. "Dickie" is Richard Jones and Matt "Floyd" Tyler. We get to ride along with them while they hunt down the predators who snuff out the life of innocent people. Danny is a former LAPD officer so the language in the story reflects that fact. Danny manages to avoid cliches and tired stereotypes. He also spares us vivid descriptions of violence and sex. For that I thank you. He kept me engaged in the storyline and wondering who in the world committed this murder. I didn't know who did it although I tried to get the answer right.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bettyboop

    Wow! This really is a ‘goodread’! The title ‘A Good Bunch of Men’ is no indication of the crazy, exciting, and humorous story detective Dickie Floyd is and Dickie is 2 detectives not one. The author, Danny R. Smith, uses knowledge, experience, colorful language and gritty descriptions to create very real characters and storyline. The 2 detectives are polar opposites and have a bond nothing can break. They are relentless in tracking leads to find a killer. That makes the story exciting and their Wow! This really is a ‘goodread’! The title ‘A Good Bunch of Men’ is no indication of the crazy, exciting, and humorous story detective Dickie Floyd is and Dickie is 2 detectives not one. The author, Danny R. Smith, uses knowledge, experience, colorful language and gritty descriptions to create very real characters and storyline. The 2 detectives are polar opposites and have a bond nothing can break. They are relentless in tracking leads to find a killer. That makes the story exciting and their sparing adds the humor. You will keep turning pages. Like detective stories, gotta read this book! It’s the best!

  6. 4 out of 5

    B. Shaun Smith

    It was an ok book. The story line was good, when it was addressed. The ending borderlined on anticlimactic. There was a lot of banter between Dickie and Floyd. Felt this made the dialogue forced. Became too much after a while. I'd say half the book is banter and the other half is the rest of the story. Descriptions of law enforcement procedure were large info dumps.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Quillracer

    The main characters – Dickie Jones and Matt Tyler – constantly picking on each other was amusing at first but its overuse (Smith worked it into every conversation the two had – even when they’re being shot at.) quickly turned their banter tiring, and it shifted to nasty, petty sniping. The author has years of experience in police work, so he’s walked the walk and talked the talk. And police officers use banter to help them cope with the things they deal with every day. But this was too much. It d The main characters – Dickie Jones and Matt Tyler – constantly picking on each other was amusing at first but its overuse (Smith worked it into every conversation the two had – even when they’re being shot at.) quickly turned their banter tiring, and it shifted to nasty, petty sniping. The author has years of experience in police work, so he’s walked the walk and talked the talk. And police officers use banter to help them cope with the things they deal with every day. But this was too much. It didn’t sound realistic at all. Instead, it made Dickie and Matt sound like second-graders trying to out-insult each other, not professional police officers. By the time I was 70% through the story, Matt’s digs and his pompous ‘I know best’ attitude had become so annoying, I was hoping someone would gun him down and soon. He was so unrealistic; he was a caricature not a character. And that alone was enough to turn me off to any future Danny R. Smith books. But it wasn’t all. The resolution wasn’t a culmination of Dickie and Matt gathering clues. They literally stumbled upon the guilty parties. That may be the way it actually happens sometimes in real life, but readers expect different. This download had many production errors. The major one was a surfeit of commas. I don’t know whether Smith needs a remedial English course, his publisher needs to hire a copyeditor, or this download was majorly screwed up. Whatever the cause, there’s no excuse for it. When a book includes a preview of the next book by the author, I always read it, especially when it’s with the first book by the author. Sometimes first books can be a little rough or the author doesn’t really hit his or her stride until the second book. I didn’t even bother here. So, 2 stars because I can’t give it a more accurate rating of 1½ (disappointing). I won’t be back for more of Dickie and Matt’s cases.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bill Riley

    An authentic, well-crafted, buddy detective story. In A Good Bunch of Men, Danny R. Smith brings his 21 years with the LA County Sheriff’s Department to bear and paints a realistic picture of the rotting core of LA. Where homicide detectives Dickie Jones and Matt “Pretty Boy” Floyd tangle with gangs and drug dealers to solve a murder case someone gunning for them wants closed. I found the banter of partners, Dickie and Floyd, entertaining and honest. It reminded me of the fire-team conversations An authentic, well-crafted, buddy detective story. In A Good Bunch of Men, Danny R. Smith brings his 21 years with the LA County Sheriff’s Department to bear and paints a realistic picture of the rotting core of LA. Where homicide detectives Dickie Jones and Matt “Pretty Boy” Floyd tangle with gangs and drug dealers to solve a murder case someone gunning for them wants closed. I found the banter of partners, Dickie and Floyd, entertaining and honest. It reminded me of the fire-team conversations I had with buddies in the military. Lively and packed with dark humor and sparing to defuse the difficult, dangerous tasks at hand. This is a story about the flaws of “Dickie Floyd,” as they cope with the grind of constant crime, strive to solve murders, and see justice served. How this impacts them and how they struggle made this story feel real. This is the first book in a growing five-book Dickie Floyd Detective Novel series that keeps getting better. Netflix, you might want to take a look.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Thanks to a #GoodreadsGiveaway, I was able to read this book by a new-to-me author, Danny R Smith. I love a good detective novel especially one that has such fun and playful banter between the two main characters, Detective Richard “Dickie” Jones and his partner, Detective Matt “Floyd” Tyler. The book follows every move made by the two detectives including a lot of the behind the scenes, not-so-glamorous, side of police work. I’ll tell you this - Retired Police Detective and author, Danny Smith, Thanks to a #GoodreadsGiveaway, I was able to read this book by a new-to-me author, Danny R Smith. I love a good detective novel especially one that has such fun and playful banter between the two main characters, Detective Richard “Dickie” Jones and his partner, Detective Matt “Floyd” Tyler. The book follows every move made by the two detectives including a lot of the behind the scenes, not-so-glamorous, side of police work. I’ll tell you this - Retired Police Detective and author, Danny Smith, knows his stuff, so as someone who’s not in law enforcement, I enjoyed the added details. Though the beginning felt a little forced, presumably while the author got his writing sea legs, it ended up being a super fast and enjoyable read. He has a couple more books out which I look forward to reading in the new year.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joe Walsh

    A Very Surprising Find I have been looking for a new police procedural series; and I found it in Danny R. Smith. The story centers around LA County Sherif Department homicide detectives -- Dickey and Floyd. They are faced with the murders of a transsexual and a transvestite on the same night just a few hundred yards apart. There are a half dozen, or so, suspects. But not much about the murders make much sense under the few facts/evidence uncovered by the team. The plot is not contrived, and dialo A Very Surprising Find I have been looking for a new police procedural series; and I found it in Danny R. Smith. The story centers around LA County Sherif Department homicide detectives -- Dickey and Floyd. They are faced with the murders of a transsexual and a transvestite on the same night just a few hundred yards apart. There are a half dozen, or so, suspects. But not much about the murders make much sense under the few facts/evidence uncovered by the team. The plot is not contrived, and dialogue betwen Dickey and Floyd is barbed throughout, mostly in a friendly manner. The day-to-day operations and procedures of the LASD are clearly detailed. Mr. Smith's impressive knowledge of the LASD was revealed in his bio -- he spent 21 years, seven in homicide with the LASD. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    James Georger

    This was a good police procedural with a plot that was complex, but not over engineered. The resolution was not obvious coming, nor implausible when revealed. As I read these books, I suspect the appeal is in the ongoing snappy "bro-talk" between Dickie and Floyd ( not their real names). I found myself imagining that the author had a speed key on his word processor, one set up for "dick-head" and the other for "asshole". Well over half the pages are devoted to conversation between these two lova This was a good police procedural with a plot that was complex, but not over engineered. The resolution was not obvious coming, nor implausible when revealed. As I read these books, I suspect the appeal is in the ongoing snappy "bro-talk" between Dickie and Floyd ( not their real names). I found myself imagining that the author had a speed key on his word processor, one set up for "dick-head" and the other for "asshole". Well over half the pages are devoted to conversation between these two lovable bad boys. To my tastes, it got to be a bit much. Worse, I had the suspicion that it was a totally realistic rendition of detective life.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maarten Mortier

    Great intro to two detectives that I will read more of. I will just say that this is feels like a most realistic portrayal of LA detective’s actually working their shifts - and beyond their shifts - without ever getting boring. The realism allows for real emotions, at least. A gunfight for instance feels like a powerfully impacting moment. It’s also very well written; I like my Harry Bosch like the next person but this is on a different level of writing and dialogue structure. Also there is less Great intro to two detectives that I will read more of. I will just say that this is feels like a most realistic portrayal of LA detective’s actually working their shifts - and beyond their shifts - without ever getting boring. The realism allows for real emotions, at least. A gunfight for instance feels like a powerfully impacting moment. It’s also very well written; I like my Harry Bosch like the next person but this is on a different level of writing and dialogue structure. Also there is less need for politically correct heroes and nobody is perfect in this book. All of which makes for a memorable read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Donald

    So, Dickie and Floyd are detectives, referred to by some as... 'A Good Bunch of Men.' They spend much of their time sass-talking each other, sounding like immature teens who can't get enough testosterone going through their systems. There is common, almost excessive of derogatory name-calling, with almost anyone, but especially between the two of them. Yes, they're both married. The gist of the storyline is... a transgender is murdered, and they spend most of the time running-down suspects and c So, Dickie and Floyd are detectives, referred to by some as... 'A Good Bunch of Men.' They spend much of their time sass-talking each other, sounding like immature teens who can't get enough testosterone going through their systems. There is common, almost excessive of derogatory name-calling, with almost anyone, but especially between the two of them. Yes, they're both married. The gist of the storyline is... a transgender is murdered, and they spend most of the time running-down suspects and clues, oftentimes coming-up empty, until the entire puzzle is laid out in two pages in the last ten pages of the book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gary L. Carter

    Realistic. Dickie and Floyd are now two of my favorites. Action packed police procedural. This book has everything. The bond between partners, the way a real investigation goes, how you eliminate suspects until you end up with perpetrator. How unsolved cases live on and or never forgotten. The humor that is used to fight burnout. This book is reality and I can’t wait to read more. Highly recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cliff Yates

    wow! this is a must read for anyone who loves, a great thriller, mystery, police procedural. I say it has it all. I may be a little bias, since I know the author. The author is the real deal. An actual street cop with many years working the tough streets of LA. And then became a Homicide detective. A job sought by many, but only a few great cops make the grade. All this and he knows how to tell a story. Get this book, you won't regret it. Check out the entire series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Cop Talk and Action There's lots of chatter between Dickie and Floyd in this police investigation! From other books written by retired police officers. I have gathered that the banter is part coping device and part of being very comfortable with one's partner. The humor is part of the appeal of this series. The answer to the mystery of who is the murderer is the other. I'm going to be reading more Dickie Floyd books.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    Very good first installment to the series. When you start to read this book, you can tell the author spent a great deal of time in law enforcement as the only people who can truly understand cops are other cops. The dialogue was hilarious at times and always believable. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Two rough around the edges detectives use their unique crime solving talents to solve their assigned cases. The author's narrative is descriptive, gruff and while easily offensive to some, seems fitting of the characters, environments and gritty storyline depicted. 3.5 stars My thanks to goodreads and the book's giveaway sponsors for the opportunity to obtain a copy of this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Conny

    I was a First Read Winner of this book and I really liked it. I would have liked to get to know Dickie and Floyd a little better but I think they made the perfect team and I liked their banter and how they worked together. The ending felt a bit rushed to me but overall it was very entertaining read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jenee

    This book is a lot of fun! The characters are interesting, raw, portray human feelings (even if they go against the norm), and have personality, the writing is smooth and witty. I felt as if I was able to read about detective work on a more realistic level than other books /shows/movies portray the process to be. I will definitely be reading the next novel in the series! #goodreadsgiveaway

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    WOW. A great story One of my favorite combinations. A detective story set in Los Angeles, about two LA County Sheriff’s deputies investigating murder, and written by a retired LASD detective. Lots of authenticity and believable characters. I am starting the next story tonight.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katherine A. McClure

    Definitely a five star book! This is the first of Danny Smith's books that I have read, but it won't be the last! The story was well written and flowed at a nice steady pace. Dickie Floyd is a detective you won't forget any time soon! I loved this book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chaplain Stanley Chapin

    A good change of pace I had been alternating between novels of sailing ships wars and world war 2 submarines and decided a change of pace, it was a good one and have now entertained a new interest.

  24. 4 out of 5

    BonusMom

    3.5 actually Didn't quite make my four star but was better than a three. There was a lot of dialogue between the two partners which, in my opinion, was a little too much banter, making it seem at times, a little forced. The story was good though.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Stodder

    Really enjoyed this police procedural type novel! The characters are well written and funny and it’s a fast paced suspenseful read. Love Dickie’s hats and Floyd’s childlike charm. Already bought book 2.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carson Walls

    Super good Fantastic,awesome,great!!! I wish I could give this book 10 stars. Started slow, but quickly got going. Hilarious when needed and serious at other times. Good story of 2 guys in a job that needs dependable partners. I will read more of this writers work.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan Green

    Fantastic book! This is exactly the type of book I enjoy, hard working detectives working to solve a case. I will definitely be reading more Dickie Floyd books. If you have not signed up for the author's e-mails, you must!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Betty Hutchinson

    A good detective story. The book has good action throughout as well as some comedy. this one keeps you guessing. I will be reading more of the Dickie Floyd novels.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Hansen

    Too much drivil. I forced myself to finish this book. There is so much inane drivil that I didn't enjoy the book. I won't be reading more books by this author any time soon.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ruth E. Roddick

    Entertaining Good ending, but Floyd drove me crazy. Not quite ready for a sequel, but will read more soon. Dickie is great.

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