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Professional thief Crissa Stone isn't quite sure why she has agreed to orchestrate a four-way-split cash robbery from drug dealers in Detroit, but it seems she's still in "the life." Their operation succeeds, until one of the foursome fatally double-crosses the others. Crissa makes it out alive, but she's morally committed to delivering the late Larry's cut (a hefty $80K) to his family in Florida. A corrupt ex-cop learns about the missing cash, and he marshals his way through a number of players until he learns Crissa's identity and pursues her with a vengeance. Meanwhile, Crissa discovers that Larry's family isn't particularly likable and wonders if her good deed will be wasted. VERDICT Adept at stand-alones (Gone 'til November) and series (this is number three after Kings of Midnight), Stroby transports readers through his spare, believable dialog—making the story race by like a runaway train. Even though this plot is fairly predictable, Crissa is compelling, not unlike a female Parker (Richard Stark, aka Donald E. Westlake). Elmore Leonard would approve.