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Barbed-Wire Kiss (Harry Rane #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Long Branch, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove. The Jersey Shore ain't what it used to be, but ex-state trooper Harry Rane still calls it home. After his wife's death, Harry got careless, got shot, and he left the force. He's a changed man, leads a quiet life, except when it comes to helping his friends...
Now an old buddy of Harry's wants a big favor. He owes $50,000 to a Jersey c
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Paperback, 350 pages
Published February 25th 2003 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2003)
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Eric_W
Harry Rane is in deep shit. His friend Bobby is in debt to the mob and Harry, former ex-state-cop, widower and old friend decides to help him get out of the obligation. Unfortunately things begin to go bad when Harry meets Catherine, Nick Fallon's wife, and former girl friend of Harry's. (It's a small NJ world, apparently.) The guy that Bobby had made the drug deal with turns up dead in the trunk of a car at the airport, and Fallon discovers Harry is making it with his wife. Whew.

Some bizarre r
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Russell Atkinson
This book was recommended to me on goodreads when I asked for recommendations of thrillers that weren't murder mysteries (not that I don't enjoy murder mysteries). This didn't really fit that description, since there are more than enough murders in this book, but the story line wasn't really about finding the murderer(s). It was an atmosphere-filled high tension drama set in less-than-savory New Jersey. The lead character, Harry Rane, is a rather burnt out ex-cop trying to help a friend get out ...more
Nancy
No frills thiller, picked it up from the lending library in work cafeteria. The writing is not remarkable, but it gets the job done. Basically a former cop reaches out to help out a friend in need, said friend having invested his money unwisely with unsavory types. Just when it seems they are clear of trouble, the trouble starts. These are recognizable character types, not as well drawn as in Mystic River, but no sudden unbelievable character transformations either. The writer generated just eno ...more
John Sheridan
A book that grows on you and pulls you in deeper as you progress. Lead character Harry Rane is a widow and ex-cop that is not doing much until an old friend gets mixed up in a drug deal gone bad and needs to find 50 grand fast to stay alive. All straightforward until Harry bumps into the wife of the guy holding the debt and she's an ex- girlfriend that skipped town 20 years earlier. Things have a habit of spiralling out of control as the body count rises and harry's ex-colleagues are none too ha ...more
Sean McCoy
Good book for a first novel. I typically like shorter, faster prose, but this book wasn't riddled with crime cliches and everything felt very realistic. Just enough time spent on description and characters, but not so much that I got bored.
David Putnam
Great read. Loved the characters and the story. I had predicted a couple of twists that did not materialize as in maybe his friend Bobby wasn't who he thought he was or the female interest had a hidden agenda. But the story remained straight forward and I liked it a great deal. Highly recommend it.
Craig Buck
This was my first Wallace Stroby book but it will not be my last until I ravish his entire catalog. A great ear for dialogue, a deep understanding of character, a keen sense of pace and plot (despite one or two overly coincidental past connections between characters). Noir at its best.
Joy
This is Wallace Stroby's first boook. As such, it shows the promise he fulfills in his later novels that I have read. It's interesting to me that he switched from a male protagonist in this book, to female in the later books I read.
Val
An okay book. Truthfully, I would have given it 2-1/2 stars if it had been possible. It's just not particularly well-plotted and the ending doesn't ring true.
Colleen
Realized I had already read this, but didn't like it enough to read it again, with so many other books calling...
Kathy
Recently stumbled across this author and throughly enjoyed this novel. Looking forward to reading his others...
Marjon
If you like Soprano-esque writing, this was a good read! All set in our neck of the woods - South Jersey.
Mark Levine
Top quality for a first book.Pulls out all the conventions.Too much nonessential description.
Scott Austin
Great book...I highly recommend it.
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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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More about Wallace Stroby...
Cold Shot to the Heart (Crissa Stone, #1) Gone 'til November Kings of Midnight (Crissa Stone, #2) Shoot the Woman First (Crissa Stone, #3) The Heartbreak Lounge

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