Told in a taut style that doesn’t waste a single word, Stroby’s latest features an interesting anti-heroine. There’s little description here, just the straightforward story of two criminals on a collision course. Stroby softens Crissa’s rough edges by allowing her to give way to her vulnerabilities now and then. Eddie, however, is straight-up evil on two legs — ruthless and desperate. The contrast between the two makes for a good story.

Crissa Stone’s mentor is up for parole, but he needs money to help grease the wheels of justice. Determined to see him released, but short of money, she agrees to an in-and-out robbery with a potential seven-figure payoff when the offer’s made by someone she’s worked with before. But things go wrong and a man is shot, a man with connections to the mob and recently released hit man Eddie the Saint, who is also in need of money. And he knows just where to lay his hands on some. (MINOTAUR, Jan., 304 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Carter