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Cold Shot to the Heart (Crissa Stone Novels) Paperback – November 22, 2011
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A simple job gone wrong turns bad quickly, from Stone's gone-to-ground response to the thug sent to exact restitution for the dead man- mob connected- each step a minefield of penny ante warriors who live off the grid and have their own code of ethics. Indeed, Stone may have met her match in Eddie the Saint, who tracks Crissa with unsettling precision, his goal to recover money and leave no witnesses. There's no honor among thieves, yet there is a certain loyalty bred of time and experience, the random brutality of modern criminals a far cry from this noir landscape, where every move mimics a deadly game of chess. Stroby does it clean, simple and satisfying, death the price of doing business, survival measured by a split-second decision or a black cat crossing a street. Luan Gaines/2011.
COLD SHOT TO THE HEART is only Stroby's fourth book, so you have plenty of time to catch up on what he has been doing. It's his second stand-alone, so don't worry about having to figure out characters, situations, etc. Just start reading and leave time to 1) devour it all in one sitting, while 2) calling friends to read passages to them verbatim. One thing: you won't stop for ANYTHING during the last 50 pages or so. You'd have better luck stopping your fall off of a cliff in mid-tumble. It has a mesmerizing plot with unforgettable characters, the greatest of which links all of Stroby's books: north and central New Jersey, a dark and dangerous woman she is, seductive and deadly and irresistible. And no one writes about New Jersey, its environs and characters, like Stroby.
Besides the Garden State, COLD SHOT TO THE HEART is shared by two characters who slowly move toward cross-purposes with each other --- one directly, the other warily. Eddie Santino, known as Eddie the Saint, has just been released from a five-year prison stint. He's on the wrong side of what the government actuaries refer to as advanced age, a tough guy honed to a rougher edge by incarceration. Having taken a fall for his boss, he figures he is owed, and then some. He is not surprised that the curve of gratitude that he encounters is quite shallow, but is not inclined to take being shortchanged with grace, either.Read more ›
Crissa might be a thief but she has redeeming qualities. She is one of the few characters in the book worth rooting for, even though she is technically a bad guy. Her crew of Chance and Wayne are career criminals as well, hard to want them to win. In the end ya gotta go with the less objectionable criminal.
Eddie, The Saint, is a tough fella, he has moments of likability in the beginning, but that quickly disappears as his true nature rises to the surface. You really want to see him get his in the end.
The story is a mixed narrative switching between Crissa and Eddies POV. This is a great device for helping bring understanding to these two characters. While it makes you really dislike Eddie, it soften Crissa up quite a bit. I will admit I was a touch confused at the beginning not knowing how these two separate stories related to each other. About halfway through they converge into the same plot. Really interesting choice for the storytelling.
The end of the book is a real nailbitter! Wow, it is a real battle of wills and luck is a huge factor for the outcome. You will be on the edge of your seat when these two meet. Fast paced and action packed for sure.
I listened to the audiobook read by Coleen Marlo. She does a great job keeping the pace of the story steady. I enjoyed her voices and thought they were distinct. She has a genuine tone that helps make Crissa more sympathetic. Overall. a nice solid narration.Read more ›
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Mysterious Book Report No. 12 by John Dwaine Mckenna
I’d like to suggest author Wallace Stroby’s newest, COLD SHOT TO THE HEART (Minotaur, $24.99. Read more
I didn't care for the story line. Crissa is the main character, and she is the criminal. It is her story of a crime she has committed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marian Merritt
It will keep you turning pages. Full of action and well developed characters. Crissa Stone is one fine thief. I will be searching out Wallace Stroby's other works!Published 6 months ago by Bert Kleinkauf
First time I have read Mr. Strobe. Enjoyable read and I will read more of his novels.Published 6 months ago by Frank Sheheen
Read a chapter a night and when I was half way thru it, I had to stay up till 4am to finish it.
I love the way Wallace Stroby writes and I love his references to the Jersey... Read more
I recently read Wallace Stroby's standalone novel Gone 'til November, and was disappointed in it, mostly because of the inefficiency of the lead female character, who proved to be... Read morePublished 15 months ago by rvialet
Cold Shot introduces Crissa Stone, a professional criminal whose lover is in prison and whose daughter is being raised by a cousin. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ed Battistella