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Shoot the Woman First (Crissa Stone #3)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  36 reviews
In thethird stunning novelin Wallace Stroby's acclaimed crime series, a professional thief desperately tries to help the family of her slain partner—even if it costs her her life

A half million dollars in drug proceeds, guarded by five men with automatic weapons. For Wallace Stroby's determined heroine, professional thief Crissa Stone, and her team, stealing it was the easy
ebook, 288 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published February 19th 2013)
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This isn’t going to do a thing to help Detroit's image.

In this third book of the series, Crissa has traveled to the Motor City to take part in heisting a sizable amount of cash from a local drug kingpin. Despite Crissa’s caution and competence things take a bad turn. There’s more trouble on the way when the kingpin hires an ex-cop named Burke to track down the thieves and his missing money.

It’s tempting to just call Crissa a female version of Richard Stark’s professional thief/anti-hero Parker,
Cathy DuPont
Apparently, I'm one who loves hard-boiled series. And while I'm not obsessive about it, I strongly prefer to read in order.

This is the third and last book in the series. Wallace Stroby's writing has been compared to Elmore Leonard's and apparently he loves the comparison dedicating this book to the now late Leonard. Not a bad comparison if you ask me.

This Crissa Stone is one tough cookie. A protag who with every book becomes more close to me knowing full well that she's a crook. But she is dam
Richard Vialet
Crissa Stone is back at it again. She's reunited with a couple of old colleagues (including Charlie Glass from the check cashing heist in Cold Shot to the Heart) and is getting ready to rob a car-full of cash just sitting out in the middle of a Detroit street. But, once again, everything gets all screwed-up, dumbasses make mistakes, people get shot, and Crissa ends up being hunted for the dough.

And yet again, Crissa lets her sense of morality and goodness get in the way. That's the thing that se
SERIES: #3 of 3
RATING: 4.25
WHY: Crissa Stone is a professional thief who is generally the planner for the various jobs she pulls off. With the aid of 3 men, the latest heist involves hundreds of thousands of dollars to be stolen from a Detroit drug lord. The robbery itself goes well; it's only afterwards that things go terribly wrong. Loyalty overrides common sense as she attempts to provide the family of one of the crew with his share of the proceedings. The plot moves
In Wallace Stroby's "Shoot the Woman First," Crissa Stone and a band of fellow thieves stake out drug dealer's drop. Stroby describes the setting in lean, poetic prose: "Empty windows, dark doorways. Ghost town. Deadtown. She pictured the vacant paces inside the buildings, trash-strewn floors, broken glass."

Crissa is a survivor. A former junkie, she was rescued and mentored by a master thief. He taught her to plan every detail of a heist, to trust her instinct and walk away if a setup feels ske
Walter Cascade
Another great read from a very talented author. If you don't know who Stroby is, you better find out because he is poised to be one of the best crime writers in years to come. This is a book that moves at a brisk pace - the action is fast and quick, and you barely have time to take a breath as the plot moves from beginning to end. The dialogue is sharp - like Elmore Leonard and Robert Parker, and the prose is spare yet effective.

You'll fall in love with Crissa Stone - a methodical, smart, "two m
Although filled with enough shooting deaths to qualify for a minor war, I liked this book enough that I will look for another book by this author to see if I like his writing style even more.

Crissa Stone is a professional thief, and she and her team are determined to steal the reported half million dollars in drug proceeds. The money is guarded by three men with automatic weapons. The planning and stealing part seemingly go easily. However, when it comes times to split up the money, it goes awry
LA Carlson
Apr 06, 2014 LA Carlson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to LA by: found at the library
Shelves: fiction
Despite disliking the title I found this story of Crissa Stone; professional thief worth reading. The writing is effective, realistic and no non-sense for fiction. Journalist and Author Stroby doesn't break new ground with a engaging ice cool female hero who can hot wire, defend herself and handle a gun as if it were second nature. We simply need more of the smart, tough ones in this genre. What is interesting to me is the majority of the male characters here are less than desirable and not bles ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Shoot the Woman First, by Wallace Stroby, b-plus, Narrated by Coleen Marlo,Produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from

This is apparently the third book in the Krissa Stone series, a hard-boiled female thief who manages with her team to steal a load of drug money, but when they’re splitting the money and members of that team try to keep it for themselves, she’s the only one to get away with the rest of them dead. One of her own team members had begged her to make sure his little da
I found out after I read this book that it is #3 in a series. I did not feel that I was missing anything; the book gave a bit of back-story, but not so much that if I read the first two books I'll feel like I already know everything. It was an interesting "on the run with the drug dealers' money" story. I really liked the main character Crissa Stone and without knowing the book was part of a series in which she is the main character, I really didn't know if she'd make it out - given the title, w ...more
He's Good

I've read every book Stroby has written and he is becoming one of my favorite authors. Very much in the Stark/Parker mode. Well written, tense, succinct, violent. Loved it. You will too..Read it. Read all his books.
The third Crissa Stone novel takes off like a stolen Mercedes. Crissa is a big-time professional armed robber. Her current gig involves taking a week's drug money away from a Detroit dealer who has grown lazy about security. Though the job has some unforeseen risks, the real threat comes from within the team. The fall-out is lethal, especially when the dealer sends more than one enforcer to track down the robbers. What makes the situation more dangerous is that Crissa is on a moral mission (not ...more
This is an action-packed hard-boiled novel with a female lead character named Crissa Stone. I had read a previous Crissa Stone book, Cold Shot to the Heart, and enjoyed that one also. Stroby's writing is a combination of Richard Stark and Elmore Leonard. Crissa is Parker with more compassion, although there is no hesitation on her part to shoot other bad guys when necessary. It is a classic tale of a heist gone bad, and Crissa finds herself on the run. It's a very fast, well-written, enjoyable r ...more
This was a solid contemporary noir-style crime-gone-wrong book. Definitely enjoyable, well-written and to the point.

The main character, Crissa, is likable and accessible, and does not make nearly as many stupid decisions as so many heroes/heroines do, in fact after the first few chapters I found her doing things the way I wanted, and making the decisions I felt were best. I can't stress enough how this never happens in books. She is an interesting (if at times not seamless) mix of professional t
Crissa, a professional thief, joins a small team for a big job. During the split of the money afterwards, though, something goes wrong. Crissa ends up on the run with a bag of money to deliver to her dead partner's family. Unfortunately, the drug kingpin she stole from has hired a rouge detective to track down the money, and the detective's not giving up until he's got the money.

I'm not generally a fan of mystery/crime/action-type books, but this was pretty good. Crissa is a surprisingly real he
First and last Stroby book I'll ever read. Who knew that a hard ass "professional" case like Crissa just wanted to be a momma. You know like us women secretly do. I especially loved the mother daughter shopping moments. Overall generic--plot wise and character wise. You know it's all downhill when the main character basically draws a map where she and the money can be found. Oh did I mention my name's Crissa, I'm from up north, and I have money? Despite what the jacket says there was no promise. ...more
Hard-boiled and fast paced story. Starts off a bit slow, but once the heist takes place there is no letup. Stroby's dialogue is sparse and to the point,no waste. The characters are tough with a take no prisoners ethic. Not the kind of folks you would ever want to run into anywhere except on the pages of a book.
Rick Hollis
The protagonist is a criminal, but seemingly a criminal with heart. She makes an interesting character and the book is well written. Another series and author for my to read shelf.
Not a bad heist story, but not great either. The Detroit stuff was decent but Stroby is no Elmore Leonard. The characters are a bit formulaic - Crissa the hard assed thief with the big heart. It will probably make a decent shoot 'em up, car chase movie though.
Not my usual fair but I enjoyed it. Violent but not so descriptive that it was hard to read. Really liked Crissa.
Crissa Stone's team rips off Detroit drug lord but the heist turns into amateur hour at the split.
Good series, #3, but start with the first one.
Apr 09, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-new
I won this as an "Advanced Reading Copy". This was the first time I have read anything by Wallace Stroby. It took me a few pages to figure out who the "good guys" were suppose to be. Plenty of action to keep me turning the page. I didn't care for the crude language but, the story line was very gripping! Action packed and great ending! I do hope though that the final copy will have the errors corrected. Nothing major, just a word left out here and there.
A female Parker? Not quite but the third in this series is definitely a solid hard-core crime read.

Crissa, our anti-hero professional thief, is a survivor and will go to any lengths to do it. In this one she also feels compelled to protect a 6 yr old girl (daughter of dead partner. Will her ache of motherhood be her downfall?
When I saw the date for publication of the third Crissa Stone, I was thrilled. Crissa is a wonderful character, one of the few females in the hard-boiled genre. This book is the best yet, in my opinion. It's a fast read, but the plotting, dialogue and characterizations are first rate. More, please.
Jean Benedict
Ireally enjoyed this book about Crissie. She was one tough,smart cookie with a soft side too. I could hardly put the book down after I got started reading. I won this book from First Reads and I hope to see more books about. Crissie
Hayley Shaver
This is a good read. A woman decides to take a job "just because" and it goes terribly wrong. She finds herself running for her life. This is a book I got from goodreads first reads. This is an ARC and I got it for free.
A different heroine who happens to be a professional thief. In this book Crissa and her team plan to steal a large sum of money from a drug lord. When the heist goes wrong she must flee for her life.
I received this book as an advanced readers copy via The fast paced dialogue made Shoot The Woman First an easy read. However, the plot was thin and character development predicatable.
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Wallace Stroby is an award-winning journalist and the author of the novels
Cold Shot to the Heart, Gone 'Til November, The Heartbreak Lounge and The Barbed-Wire Kiss..

A Long Branch, N.J., native, he's a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore. "The Barbed-Wire Kiss," which The Washington Post called "a scorching first novel ...full of attention to character and memory and, even more, to the neighborh
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Other Books in the Series

Crissa Stone (4 books)
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  • Kings of Midnight (Crissa Stone, #2)
  • The Devil's Share (Crissa Stone, #4)
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