Kings of Midnight by Wallace Stroby

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He doesn’t give us complex, stopwatch-slick capers. The robberies always seem clunky and messy and pretty low-tech.
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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.


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 April 10, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 273 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Jan 30 2012

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.

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Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on May 04 2012

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.

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Reviewed by Vince on Apr 08 2012

Stroby, a former Star-Ledger editor, creates characters who engage you.

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Below average
Reviewed by Alan Cranis on May 04 2012

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.

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Reviewed by Scott on Apr 16 2012

He doesn’t give us complex, stopwatch-slick capers. The robberies always seem clunky and messy and pretty low-tech.

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