Crissa Stone is a career criminal who has pulled a number of impressive heists by knowing how to keep her mouth shut and her temper in check. Still, as good as she is, she wants to get out of the life. All she needs is one last big score, enough to bribe her lover's way out on parole, set up a safe and stable new life, and get her daughter back. However, things keep going wrong, like when her last two partners lost their cool and fought over the take instead of walking away $150K richer. The mess they made of the job and each other has put her on the run again.
She's not the only one. Benny Roth, a former mobster, has been straight for years, but now he has his own problems. A face from the past has popped up to tell him that boss Joey Dio is finally dead and to ask about the five million dollars that Joey was rumored to have stashed away years ago. Benny denies knowing anything about it and claims he's out of the business. That may be what he says, but he's willing to risk almost everything for one last shot.
With the law and mobsters on the lookout and five million dollars on the line, it isn't long before Crissa and Benny find themselves on a collision course that neither of them can avoid. This hard-boiled world, where the stakes---and the risks---are always high, unfolds at breakneck speed in Kings of Midnight, another dark and thrilling masterwork of crime fiction from Wallace Stroby.
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As coolly efficient and professional as its heroine, this thriller evokes Donald Westlake’s Parker novels with lean storytelling that pauses only for meticulously detailed descriptions of criminals at work or in conflict.Read Full Review of Kings of Midnight | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
Like almost all of the people who populate Stroby’s novels, Crissa is a flawed but believable character whose traits stay with the reader long after the last paragraph is read.Read Full Review of Kings of Midnight
Stroby, a former Star-Ledger editor, creates characters who engage you.Read Full Review of Kings of Midnight
Unfortunately, Stroby chose to tell her entire backstory all over again, rather than quickly mention the essential motivating points. The result diminishes the strengths of the entire second half of this new novel.Read Full Review of Kings of Midnight
He doesn’t give us complex, stopwatch-slick capers. The robberies always seem clunky and messy and pretty low-tech.Read Full Review of Kings of Midnight
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