Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The Devil’s Share



Author: Wallace Stroby

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Year: 2015

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I don’t know about you, but I get so tired of psychological & domestic thrillers. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve read some great ones that I’ve loved. Sometimes I just need a break from this genre du jour. I like action. Give me a good heist! 


Wallace Stroby’s Crissa Stone series has been my remedy for psychological thriller fatigue. Crissa’s a professional thief with a sense of fairness and justice. Any heist she plans, she tries to make sure nobody gets killed or hurt. She just wants to get in and get out with the loot as fast and as clean as possible. But something always goes wrong and she’s left with a mess to clean up. 


Crissa’s hired by an art dealer. He’s acquired several antiquities from a troubled country under shady circumstances. He’s made a deal with the government to return the items to their country of origin in exchange for not being prosecuted. After making the deal, he finds a buyer for the artifacts. He wants Crissa to steal the items from him so he can sell them and collect the insurance money. It should be an easy job- robbing a man who wants to be robbed. But then things go horribly wrong and Crissa finds herself in more danger than she bargained for. 


This is the fourth book in the series. Crissa is an interesting character. Stroby writes her so minimally, but I still fell like I know her and that is a neat trick. We get some of her backstory, but he never goes into great detail about her personal life. He doesn’t dwell on her looks and appearance like some male authors who write female characters do. She’s intelligent, tough when she has to be, organized, loyal, and has a code of ethics. She could have been successful in any profession she chose. But she chose a life of crime and she understands the danger and consequences of that decision. 


All four books in the series are relatively short and packed with action, never getting bogged down. The books can be read out of order without missing too much from an earlier book. Coleen Marlo narrated all four audiobooks. She does a fantastic job! I’ve really enjoyed this series and I hope there’s more to come in the future. 


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