Wallace Stroby is an editor for the New Jersey Star Ledger. His first novel, The Barbed-Wire Kiss, was a finalist for the Barry Award for Best First Novel. He lives in New Jersey, where he was born and raised.
When he obtains early release after seven years in a Florida prison, Johnny Harrow embarks on a vengeful reign of terror. His first victim is the unsuspecting woman with whom he hitches a ride, but his real targets are the mob boss who betrayed him and the ex-girlfriend/stripper who gave their child up for adoption. The ex-girlfriend, apprised of Johnny's freedom, hires protection in the form of ex-state trooper Harry Rane, who's been working private security. Well-refined prose, vivid descriptions, and mounting tension stamp this hard-hitting follow-up to the acclaimed The Barbed-Wire Kiss. Stroby lives in Ocean Grove, NJ. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Payback and revenge drive Stroby's taut, violent second outing for former New Jersey State Trooper Harry Rane (after 2003's The Barbed-Wire Kiss). With his wife, Cristina, away in Seattle to think things through after a rough marital patch, Harry seizes the chance to keep a protective eye on Nikki Ennis, who used to work as a dancer at the Heartbreak Lounge in a seedy section of Asbury Park. Nikki's vicious, amoral ex-husband, Johnny Harrow, who's just finished serving a seven-year stretch in a Florida prison for attempted murder, wants to find his young son, whom Nikki gave up as an infant, and heads for the Heartbreak, where he first met his ex-wife. Johnny also has a few scores to settle with some nasty people in Jersey, his home state. The thug's ruthless campaign threatens everyone in his line of sight, and not even Harry escapes his wrath. In the end, Stroby's suspenseful tale of bleak lives in danger offers a few glimmers of hope for those with damaged hearts. Agent, Robin Rue at Writers House. (Feb. 10) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"In the brilliant follow-up to his impressive debut, Stroby continues the hard-boiled adventures of Harry Rane..." --Kirkus (starred review) "Well-refined prose, vivid descriptions, and mounting tension stamp this hard-hitting follow-up to the acclaimed The Barbed-Wire Kiss." --Library Journal