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The Heartbreak Lounge (Harry Rane Novels) Hardcover – January 13, 2005
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Payback and revenge drive Stroby's taut, violent second outing for former New Jersey State Trooper Harry Rane (after 2003's The Barbed-Wire Kiss). With his wife, Cristina, away in Seattle to think things through after a rough marital patch, Harry seizes the chance to keep a protective eye on Nikki Ennis, who used to work as a dancer at the Heartbreak Lounge in a seedy section of Asbury Park. Nikki's vicious, amoral ex-husband, Johnny Harrow, who's just finished serving a seven-year stretch in a Florida prison for attempted murder, wants to find his young son, whom Nikki gave up as an infant, and heads for the Heartbreak, where he first met his ex-wife. Johnny also has a few scores to settle with some nasty people in Jersey, his home state. The thug's ruthless campaign threatens everyone in his line of sight, and not even Harry escapes his wrath. In the end, Stroby's suspenseful tale of bleak lives in danger offers a few glimmers of hope for those with damaged hearts.
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Harry Rane's parade of murderous misery continues in this follow-up to The Barbed-Wire Kiss (2002). Working a dead-end security job, the former New Jersey state trooper washes pain pills down with wine while wondering if his girlfriend will return from a West Coast time-out. But even in the depths of depression, Rane's sense of chivalry hasn't died. So when a woman shows up seeking to protect the child she gave up for adoption from his ex-con dad, the taciturn investigator lends a steady if reluctant hand. But the felonious father, ominously named Johnny Harrow, nearly steals the novel with his menacing manner, keen talent for killing, and inclination to make unexpected choices at key moments. Meanwhile, Rane is fallibly human, struggling to make sense of his life, overreacting to threats, accidentally putting innocents in harm's way, and taking some mighty lumps throughout. If he is sometimes so maudlin readers will want to avert their eyes, at least he comes by the raw emotion honestly. Folks who like their protagonists more realistic than heroic will enjoy the refreshing Rane. Frank Sennett
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Top Customer Reviews
I somehow missed THE BARBED-WIRE KISS, Stroby's first effort, which introduced ex-New Jersey State Trooper Harry Rane. If you've already read THE BARBED-WIRE KISS, you don't need me to tell you any more. But if you're not familiar with Stroby, and Rane, you might want to hang with me for just a minute here. You won't be sorry.
Stroby's territory is the southern end of Central New Jersey, not the genteel Red Bank or even the deceptively laid back Monmouth, but Asbury Park and Neptune, municipalities that exude a quiet, dark uneasiness below the surface. It is to this area that Harrow is returning by way of Florida to settle old scores and to avenge what he considers, not without some merit, to be a number of wrongs wrought upon him. One of these involves a woman named Nikki Ellis, who gave birth to Harrow's son while Harrow was in prison and gave the baby up for adoption. Rane, for his part, is employed by a security agency run by one of his former state trooper colleagues. Ellis retains the agency for protection, an act that puts Rane and Harrow on a collision course.
Rane's tragic flaw is that he is a man who attracts violence while being reluctant to respond in kind. Harrow, on the other hand, has the cunning of a reservoir dog and the disposition to match. His behavior is erratic and unpredictable, with the effect of his actions radiating violently outward from his locus. When these two men ultimately collide, it is with the effect of an irresistible force meeting an immovable object.
With little fanfare Stroby is breaking new ground in the realm of noir literature. His descriptive abilities are breathtaking, and quite possibly without contemporary peer in the genre. THE HEARTBREAK LOUNGE demonstrates a talent that runs deep, dark and rich. Highest possible recommendation.
--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub