Two years ago, Harry Rane's wife died after a bout with cancer. Then, grief-stricken and careless, he went back to his job as a New Jersey state cop and got shot in the line of duty. He took early retirement, and now lives in an old farmhouse in rural New Jersey and takes life one day at a time. It's not much, but he gets by.
Things change when an old friend from his grade school days in Long Branch calls him for help. Bobby was Harry's best friend until high school graduation, but when Harry went to the police academy Bobby went another way, working, dealing a little on the side. Now he's taken one last chance and gotten in over his head for $50,000 to Eddie Fallon, a local crime boss. Harry goes to see Fallon on Bobby's behalf, hoping to work something out, but it's hard to negotiate with a man like Fallon, and things quickly get complicated, and dangerous.
He does learn, too, that he and Fallon have something in common --- Fallon's wife is an ex-girlfriend Harry hasn't seen since he was eighteen, a girl who was pregnant with his child when she ran away.
In this brooding, blistering debut set against the spare, atmospheric background of downstate New Jersey, Harry gets caught between his past and his future, between right and vengeance.
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Stroby's dazzling debut stars the Grieving Ex-Cop, adds the Old Girl Friend Now Married to a Mobster, stirs in A Little Favor to Help Out a Best Friend—and still manages to wake us up like the slap of a wave on the New Jersey shore.| Read Full Review of The Barbed-Wire Kiss: A Novel
Harry Rane's longtime friend, Bobby, has gotten himself into deep trouble and now he's bringing that trouble to Harry.Jan 21 2011 | Read Full Review of The Barbed-Wire Kiss: A Novel
A closer examination of dialects prevalent in Southern New Jersey and coastal Atlantic areas reveal that the midlands dialect of South Jersey speech is more akin to Philadelphia than to New York.| Read Full Review of The Barbed-Wire Kiss: A Novel
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