Cold Shot to the Heart by Wallace Stroby

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"Just when you think that you can't be surprised anymore, a writer like Wallace Stroby ups the ante."

---Laura Lippman, author of I'd Know You Anywhere

Crissa Stone is a career criminal. A complete pro, she never works too close to her New York City home, rarely signs on with the same crew, and never rushes a job. These are the rules that have kept her from getting caught, from doing time. They're the rules her mentor and lover taught her, rules he didn't follow as closely as he should've. Now he's up for parole, and Crissa needs to come up with some real money real fast to help grease the wheels.

Word is that there's an illegal card game set for less than a week from now. The take? As much as seven figures. Desperate, Crissa slaps a plan and a crew together.

It's robbery, not murder. But when one of her crew loses his cool and they have to abandon the plan, she catches the attention of Eddie the Saint. A hit man recently released from prison, Eddie is no less of a pro than Crissa, and he could use the work, not to mention all that money.

One of the most talented writers working in crime fiction today, Wallace Stroby has written a tight, propulsive story that will hold readers captive until well after all the crooks have fled the scene.


About Wallace Stroby

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WALLACE STROBY is an award-winning journalist and a former editor at The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey. This is his fifth novel, following the acclaimed Cold Shot to the Heart and the Barry Award finalist The Barbed-Wire Kiss. He lives in New Jersey.
Published January 18, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 302 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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She’s learned from the best, but even the best in this chancy vocation is liable to misstep, which is why Wayne Boudreaux, her mentor and lover, is in a Texas slammer with seven years still to serve.

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Suddenly, the crew has Eddie after them, and Eddie senses the potential for a much larger payoff than the one he has been promised.

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Things aren't going very well for Crissa Stone, a clever robber whose mentor, Wayne, is stuck in a prison in Texas.

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Feb 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Cold Shot to the Heart

Witness the opening sentence: “Three minutes after she walked in the front door, Crissa had the manager and two clerks facedown on the floor, their hands bound behind them with plastic cuffs.” Unlike Parker, Crissa has a past — a past that helps explain who she is and why she does what she does...

Jan 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Cold Shot to the Heart

Crissa Stone is a professional thief, and has had a very successful career for several reasons: she never works too close to home, always makes sure the crew she’s working with is reliable, and never does a job that’s rushed or undermanned.

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Eddie soon cuts (literally, on several occasions) a wide swath through supposed friends, with Crissa (a stranger to Eddie) and her partners-in-crime settling into his crosshairs.

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