Cold Shot to the Heart

Crissa Stone Novels (Volume 1)

Wallace Stroby

Minotaur Books

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Career-criminal Crissa Stone never works too close to home, or with the same crew, or rushes a job. These rules have kept her from doing any time. They’re the rules her mentor and lover taught her, rules he didn’t follow as closely as he should’ve. Now he’s up for parole, and Crissa needs to come up with the money to help grease the wheels. Word is that there’s an illegal card game set for less than a week from now. The take? Plenty. Desperate, Crissa slaps a plan together, but when one of her crew starts shooting, she catches the attention of Eddie the Saint. A hit man, Eddie is no less of a pro than Crissa, and he could use the work.

One of the most talented writers working in crime fiction today, Wallace Stroby’s Cold Shot to the Heart is a tight, propulsive story that will hold readers captive until well after all the crooks have fled the scene.

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Three minutes after she walked in the front door, Crissa had the manager and two clerks facedown on the floor, their hands bound behind them with plastic cuffs.
She took away their guns—snub-noses in belt clip holsters—and dumped them in the flip-top trash can against the wall. All three had been wearing their guns openly, but they hadn’t gone for them. She’d drawn the Glock, come around the counter fast, gesturing at the floor, and they’d knelt without protest, hands behind their heads. They knew the drill, valued their lives more than the money.

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“Just when you think that you can’t be surprised anymore, a writer like Wallace Stroby ups the ante.”
—Laura Lippman
Cold Shot to the Heart moves at a breakneck speed. . . . Stroby’s sturdy plot is augmented by his intriguing look at how money corrupts and how even a crook can have a moral compass. Fans of Elmore Leonard and George V. Higgins will find much to like.”
—Oline H. Cogdill, Chicago Tribune
“Another fast, taut winner from Stroby. As for Crissa, she may be crime fiction’s best bad girl ever.”
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About the Author

Wallace Stroby

Wallace Stroby was an award-winning journalist and editor for the New Jersey Star-Ledger for more than ten years. A Barry Award finalist, he lives in southern New Jersey. This is his fourth novel.

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Cold Shot to the Heart
Wallace Stroby

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
November 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312552725
ISBN10: 0312552726
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$14.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
January 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429989695
ISBN10: 1429989696
304 pages
$7.99
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