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The Heartbreak Lounge (Harry Rane #2)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Ex-state trooper Harry Rane, who first appeared in Wallace Stroby's brilliant debut novel, The Barbed-Wire Kiss, is at loose ends. Doing some investigative work for a friend's firm just to keep himself busy, Harry meets Nikki Ellis, a woman desperate for help. Her ex, Johnny Harrow, was just released from prison after a seven-year stretch for attempted murder. Nikki hasn't ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 9th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published January 2005)
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RATING: 3.25
PROTAGONIST: Harry Rane, former NJ State Trooper
SETTING: Southern New Jersey

Harry Rane is leading a life of quiet despair. Formerly a New Jersey State Trooper, he is biding his time waiting for a woman he loves to figure out her feelings and hopefully leave Seattle to be with him. His days consist of doing some mindless investigative work for another former Trooper, Ray Washington, and self medicating against the physical pain he is experiencing as a result of an injury sus
Sean McCoy
A good follow-up to Barbed Wire Kiss. I was worried when Stroby added another POV character, this time a criminal named Johnny, mostly because I had become so used to Harry's voice - I was unsure that I would like another character. Johnny's hardly likable, but he keeps the action moving, and certainly fulfills the role of a protagonist as someone who wants something very strongly and will stop at nothing to get it. In that light, Harry's a sort of antagonist to Johnny, primarily trying to stop ...more
Timothy Parfitt
Couldn't get into the characters. Romantic angle felt forced.
This is a pretty solid earlier work, but it meanders a bit at times. Harry Rane, the former cop turned private investegator, is the book's hero. But Stroby really gets better in his two most recent novels. For some reason, he seems to write better when his protagonist is a female.
Mark Levine
More concise than previous effort but still too much nonessential description.Uses all the classic conventions but moves along story wise.Dialogue not believable.Written by literary author,but not true to the gritty characters.
Stroby throws in so many twists and turns and it keeps you guessing pretty much until the end. The protagonist is very well written, but I wonder about his choices in women!
This is the fourth Stroby that I've read in the last month and they are all good,solid,unpretentious pieces with a healthy respect for the genre conventions...
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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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