Shoot the Woman First

Crissa Stone Novels (Volume 3)

Wallace Stroby

Minotaur Books

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A half million dollars in drug proceeds, guarded by three men with automatic weapons. For Wallace Stroby's determined heroine, professional thief Crissa Stone, and her team, stealing it was the easy part. But when the split goes awry in a blaze of gunfire, Crissa finds herself on the run with a duffel bag of stolen cash, bound by a promise to deliver part of the take to the needy family of one of her slain partners.

In pursuit are the drug kingpin’s lethal lieutenants and a former Detroit cop with his own deadly agenda. They think the money’s there for the taking, for whoever finds her first. But Crissa doesn’t plan to give it up without a fight, even as her mission of mercy puts her and a young child in mortal danger, with forces on both sides of the law closing in. After all, a debt is a debt…even if it has to be paid in blood.

With Shoot the Woman First, Wallace Stroby delivers another powerful, lyrical novel, his third featuring one of the most original female characters in hardboiled fiction.

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Four hours after she got off the plane in Detroit, Crissa was parked on a downtown street, watching a rust-eaten Subaru with half a million dollars in the trunk.
“You sure that’s it?” she said.
Charlie Glass, the one who’d brought her into it, said, “That’s it,” and gave her the binoculars. He was behind the wheel, Crissa riding shotgun. They were in a stolen RAV4 with smoked windows, parked two blocks down from the Subaru, on the same side of the street.
From behind her, Larry Black said, “Taking a chance, aren’t

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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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Wallace Stroby

WALLACE STROBY is an award-winning journalist and a former editor at The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey. Shoot the Woman First is his sixth novel, following the acclaimed Kings of Midnight. He lives in New Jersey. The Crissa Stone novels are in development for a TV series by Showtime.

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Shoot the Woman First
Wallace Stroby

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
December 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250000385
ISBN10: 1250000386
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
December 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250022479
ISBN10: 1250022479
304 pages
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