Cold Shot to the Heart
Wallace Stroby

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Narrated By: Coleen Marlo

Duration: 6 hours and 53 minutes

What to expect

Crissa Stone is a career criminal. A complete pro, she never works too close to her New York City home, rarely signs on with the same crew, and never rushes a job. These are the rules that have kept her from getting caught, from doing time. They’re the rules her mentor and lover taught her, rules he didn’t follow as closely as he should have. Now he’s up for parole, and Crissa needs to come up with some real money real fast to help grease the wheels.

Word is there’s an illegal card game set for less than a week from now. The take? As much as seven figures. Desperate, Crissa slaps together a plan and a crew.

It’s robbery, not murder. But when one of her crew loses his cool and they have to abandon the plan, she catches the attention of Eddie the Saint. A hit man recently released from prison, Eddie is no less of a pro than Crissa, and he could use the work—not to mention all that money.

Wallace Stoby, one of the most talented writers working in crime fiction today, has written a tight, propulsive story that will hold readers captive until well after all the crooks have fled the scene.


Crime and mystery: hard-boiled crime, noir fiction, Crime and mystery fiction, Thriller / suspense fiction

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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, New York Times bestselling author

“This is an unstoppable novel. I wasn’t able to put it down.”

Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author

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.”

Chicago Tribune

“Told in a taut style that doesn’t waste a single word, Stroby’s latest features an interesting anti-heroine…[A] straightforward story of two criminals on a collision course.”

RT Book Reviews

“Another fast, taut winner from Stroby. As for Crissa, she may be crime fiction’s best bad girl ever.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A compelling blend of greed, violence, and the need to survive that will appeal to noir aficionados.”

Library Journal

“Stroby pits a resourceful crook against a ruthless killer in this well-crafted crime novel…The action builds to the inevitable and exciting showdown.”

Publishers Weekly

“This is a raw, hard-edged, noirish novel, dark and violent. It’s good, too…Stroby has been called a nascent Crumley or Pelecanos. He shares their sense that cynicism is the last post left to a romantic.”