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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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April 2014

Wallace Stroby

Photo © Donna Washburn.


   Wallace Stroby


    wstroby @

Web Site:


Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

Our Mr. April is both a BCCLS Invite an Author and BookNJ alum and he has gotten such great reviews for his newest novel that I am making him a repeat visitor here.  His reviews just seem to get better and better.

Of his latest novel, Shoot the Woman First, Publishers Weekly says, ‘...Crissa Stone is emerging as one of the more compelling female criminals in mystery fiction.’

Oooh, a strong female character and she’s a bad girl.

It is my great pleasure to present Wallace Stroby as BCCLS Invite an Author for April 2014.

Wallace Stroby is an award-winning journalist and the author of the novels Shoot the Woman First, Kings of Midnight, Cold Shot to the Heart, Gone 'Til November, and The Barbed-Wire Kiss which was a finalist for the 2004 Barry Award for Best First Novel.

A New Jersey native, he's a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore. For 13 years, he was an editor at The Newark Star-Ledger, Tony Soprano's hometown newspaper.

Visit him at,
at his blog,
and on Facebook.

On Shoot the Woman First:

"Crissa's third is another superior thriller--fast, tough and nasty--without a single extra sentence. "

Kirkus Reviews

The Boston Globe, the Milwaukee Journal-Sential, and Mystery People choose  Shoot the Woman First as one of the 10 Best Crime Novels starred reviews:

On Kings of Midnight:

"As coolly efficient and professional as its heroine, this thriller evokes Donald Westlake’s Parker novels with lean storytelling that pauses only for meticulously detailed descriptions of criminals at work or in conflict. "

Publishers Weekly

On Cold Shot to the Heart:

"Another fast, taut winner from Stroby (GONE ‘TIL NOVEMBER, 2010)  As for Crissa, she may be crime fiction's best bad girl ever. "

Kirkus Reviews, ***Starred Review***

On Gone 'Til November:

"Tormented lives brutally intersect in Stroby's powerful thriller…While relentlessly probing the eternal mystery of why bright and capable women fall for dangerous losers, Stroby (THE HEARTBREAL LOUNGE) explores moral choices that leave his devastatingly real characters torn between doing nothing and risking everything. "

Publishers Weekly

On The Heartbreak Lounge:

"In a brilliant follow-up to his impressive debut (THE BARBED-WIRE KISS, 2003), Stroby continues the hard-boiled adventures of Harry Rane… [who] walks these mean streets perfectly at home with the icons: Spade, Marlowe, and Archer. "

Kirkus Reviews

On The Barbed-Wire Kiss:

"Hard-hitting prose and tidy plotting complicated by crime bosses, ex-girlfriends, pregnant wives, and bumptious Jersey-shore surroundings make for an excellent first mystery. "

Library Journal

"Stroby's dazzling debut stars the Grieving Ex-Cop, adds the Old Girl Friend Now Married to a Mobster, stirs in A Little Favor to Help Out a Best Friend - and still manages to wake us up like the slap of a wave on the New Jersey shore. "

Publishers Weekly, ***Starred Review***

Mr. Stroby lives in South Jersey and is happy to visit your libraries in person or via Skype.  (He would appreciate an honorarium, however, to cover travel expenses.)  Email him directly at:  wstroby @

Mr. Stroby got one of those ever so hip ‘BRILLIANT’ shout outs in New York Magazine for his book Kings of Midnight.

Wallace Stroby really is too cool for school.  Book a date with him now.

Warmest regards,