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Shoot the Woman First (Crissa Stone Novels) Hardcover – December 3, 2013

4.5 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Crissa Stone Series

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When threatened by a commando group—Navy Seals, say—with a woman among them, kill her first. Why? Because she’s had to work three times as hard as the men to get there, so she’s smarter, faster, meaner, and deadlier than they are, and she's the likeliest to drop you. This is advice bad-guy Burke ponders as he hunts bad-girl Crissa Stone, who’s stolen a drug lord’s loot and lit out cross-country. It’s a familiar plot: slimeball hires another slimeball to get his money back. The shootouts have been staged in many a gangster—and western—tale. But when they’re done as skillfully as this, who cares? We first meet Burke as he beats up a prostitute and robs her. Crissa is attempting to deliver the stolen money to her dead partner’s family, who are down on their luck. The moral order is thus established, and as the finale approaches and the writing style burns down to its hard essence, even jaded readers will hope Burke is right about that “smarter, faster, meaner, and deadlier.” --Don Crinklaw

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“This third Crissa Stone novel is delivered in propulsive prose and smart dialogue reminiscent of Robert B. Parker or Elmore Leonard and laid on with the same kind of dry brush. For fans of noir, this is among the best of the current breed.” ―Hallie Ephron, The Boston Globe

“Stroby's Crissa Stone is emerging as one of the more compelling female criminals in mystery fiction…Stroby nails this taut, gripping contest between well-matched opponents.” ―Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

“Crissa's third is another superior thriller--fast, tough and nasty--without a single extra sentence.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“It's a familiar plot: slimeball hires another slimeball to get his money back. The shootouts have been staged in many a gangster--and western--tale. But when they're done as skillfully as this, who cares?” ―Booklist

“[Stroby] has a great grasp of pace, which is a terrific talent. At no point in the novel does Stroby give the reader a chance to wander off and wonder. You just keep turning pages. The years of journalism show in his economy; there's not an extra word, a wasted thought.” ―[New Jersey] Star-Ledger

“I consider Stroby to be one of the heirs to the great Elmore Leonard in style, substance and sheer entertainment.” ―Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (One of the Best Mysteries of 2013)

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Product Details

  • Series: Crissa Stone Novels (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250000386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250000385
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professional thief Crissa Stone signs on to rob drug dealers in Detroit. And of course everything goes wrong in a blaze of gunfire. Then things pick up! Crooked and brutal ex-cop Burke, a fantastically ruthless villain, is sent after the money, on a bloody trail that leads him straight to Stone. Meanwhile, in trying to settle a debt, she gets involved with a meth couple and a little girl, who melts the ice in her pragmatic, professional heart. Stroby tells a great story with class and economy. This is my first Criss Stone book. I'll have to read more.
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This is another excellent entry in Wallace Stroby's series featuring Crissa Stone. Stone is a career criminal and, as any number of people have suggested, she might well be the female version of Richard Stark's Parker. She's tough, smart and nimble--qualities that have served her well in each of her outings.

This story is set in Detroit and opens when an insider provides Crissa and her team with the low-down on the way in which a drug kingpin moves his money. There's a point where the money is vulnerable and Stone, working with three men, plans to relieve the kingpin of $500,000. Crissa has worked with two of the men before; the fourth member of the crew is a cousin of one of the two and a virgin who's pulling his first job.

The heist goes as planned, but everything turns to crap immediately thereafter. There's a firefight in which several people die and Crissa escapes with about half of the money from the job. Crissa was fairly close to one of the crew that didn't make it, Larry Black, and once safe, she figures that she has a moral responsibility to get Black's share of the loot to his family.

This will be way easier said than done because naturally the drug lord wants his money back and is hot on her trail. So is a corrupt former Detroit cop who's particularly good at tracking down bad guys and who would like to add the money from the robbery to his retirement fund. It all makes for a heart-pounding ride. Stroby writes a spare story that's stripped to the bones and moves at a breakneck pace. The characters are all well-drawn and Crissa Stone is a particularly engaging protagonist. One can't help but root for her, even though she is on the wrong side of the law. This is three winners in a row for Stroby and Crissa; I'm eagerly looking forward to the fourth
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Crime fiction at its best: cinematically paced, tightly written, with a cast of believable characters good, bad and in-between. Crissa Stone is a professional thief right up there with Richard Stark's legendary Parker, and Stroby is an heir apparent to Westlake/Stark and Elmore Leonard. This is the third book centered on Crissa Stone. Read them all, then read Stroby's other first-rate novels. You won't be disappointed.
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Cool-headed professional thief Crissa Stone returns in Stroby’s latest thriller, focused on a half-million dollar smash and grab with a crew of four. A car with a bagful of drug money in the trunk is an easy mark, the team planning each detail from the snatch to the details of the getaway, with no margin for error and a big payoff. Human nature being what it is, even the best planning goes awry and Crissa finds herself on the run after a complication she should have seen coming, pursued by the drug dealer’s lieutenants and an ex-Detroit cop with a greedy heart and his own private agenda.

This is familiar territory for Stone and what makes her such a popular character, a tough, practical woman who does nothing without forethought and careful planning, taught by one of the best, her lover Wayne, unfortunately still doing hard time. Crissa have made her bones with the real professionals, the old school crooks who understand how to make a score and get out clean. It’s the hustlers, the new guys, who lack the patience to ensure an easy getaway. Now Crissa is trust into a situation that puts not only her security and privacy, but her life at risk. Barely one step ahead of her pursuers, especially ex-cop Frank Burke, Stone comes way too close in this edgy chase. Stroby has the perfect formula, a protagonist to root for, a crew that doesn’t indulge in violence when it can be avoided and the denizens of criminal enterprise always eager to sell each other out for a buck. Luan Gaines/2013.
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Another great read from a quite talented author. Protagonist is practical, methodical, persevering and, yes, even endearing. Swift moving caper crime novel with an outside-the-law heroine featured before. If you like crime fiction at its best, Mr. Stroby's books will not disappoint. Waiting in anxious anticipation for the next Crissa Stone installment, or for another stand-alone crime thriller from this author..
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How can you not pick up a book with this title. Any fan of the genre has to take a look. And be rewarded. The dedication is to Elmore, and the author does him proud. Showtime has bought the rights. This is a great series.
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When Wallace Stroby told me the premise of this book, I was intrigued. (Advice to anti-terrorists: Shoot the woman first, because to make it as a terrorist, the woman has to be three times as tough as the men.) You will be, too. His style is fantastic. The story was raw and unsettling. I found myself cheering for Crissa Stone as she out-smarts the bad guys with her brand of morality. Few crime writers today can create a female heroine with such verve and honesty. Bravo!
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