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Kings of Midnight (Crissa Stone Novels) Hardcover – April 10, 2012
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The. . .power lies in Wallace Stroby's uncannily exact imagery, precise language, and narrative credibility. Stroby's depiction of heists is so believable you almost wonder if writing is just a sideline for him. . .Economy of language has been a key element of crime fiction since the days of Dashiell Hammett, but Stroby makes it feels fresh and vital again. . . Kings of Midnight is remarkable for its stylistic rigor. There's not a word out of place, no detail that isn't essential to the story. . .This is what hard-boiled writing should be. (Los Angeles Review of Books)
Stroby seems to get better book by book. This one offers plenty of excitement and plot twists, a solid body count, and vividly drawn characters. Crissa is crime fiction's best career criminal since Richard Stark's Parker. . .The Kings of Midnight puts Stroby in the same league as Stark (a pseudonym for Donald E. Westlake) and other exemplars of hard-edged crime. (Booklist (starred review))
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. (Publishers Weekly)
Cold Shot to the Heart moves at a break-neck speed. . .Fans of Elmore Leonard and George V. Higgins's The Friends of Eddie Coyle will find much to like. (Oline H. Cogdill, Chicago Tribune on Cold Shot to the Heart)
Another fast, taut winner from Stroby. As for Crissa, she may be crime fiction's best bad girl ever. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Cold Shot to the Heart)
Just when you think that you can't be surprised anymore, a writer like Wallace Stroby ups the ante. (Laura Lippman on Cold Shot to the Heart)
This hard-boiled novel, filled with believable characters, puts author Wallace Stroby in the company of noir masters like Dashiell Hammett and Elmore Leonard. (The Huffington Post on Gone ’til November)
A scorching first novel that mixes the melancholic heart of tough-guy fiction with a fierce and violent gangster plot. (The Washington Post Book World on The Barbed-Wire Kiss)
Stroby does wonders with his blue-collar characters. (The New York Times Book Review on The Barbed-Wire Kiss)
About the Author
WALLACE STROBY is an award-winning journalist and a former editor at The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey. Kings of Midnight 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.
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Stroby does something really cool in this book too, he merges true crime events and fiction together for a thrilling ride. Stroby takes full advantage of the mob and the Lufthansa heist (seen in GOODFELLA'S) and puts Crissia right in the middle of a mob war.
Stroby writes with a rhythm and cadence to each sentence, and the economy of words is precise, not a single word wasted. The only bad thing with KINGS OF MIDNIGHT is that it has to end. I put off the last several pages, not wanting it to end, hoping while the book sat untouched more pages would appear, and the book wouldn't end. It's over used, yeah, but this book is a must read. And if your new to Stroby then go hit his other books too, because he's that good. He deserves to be read. To KINGS OF MIDNIGHT, salute!