Search Results: "Douglas Starr"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 7, 2010

"An uneven but well-documented mix of forensic science, narrative nonfiction and criminal psychology."
Important developments in 19th-century forensics and criminal justice are interwoven with the killing spree of French serial killer Joseph Vasher. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"Transfused into such good narrative history, blood will interest even those who can't stand the sight of it. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
Seasoned journalist and former field biologist Starr writes an outstandingly lively history, based largely on archival research and interviews, of an unexpectedly dramatic topic: the international science, economics, and politics of blood transfusion. Read full book review >

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SAVAGE LANE by Jason Starr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Clumsy prose and a dull plot that's anything but erotic."
Starr throws everything from scheming wives to child rape to crabs (and not the type one finds on a restaurant menu) into his latest effort. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"A penetrating addition to an altogether splendid series, which (thanks to the broad appeal of its subject matter and period) could prove a breakout book."
The fifth volume in Starr's grand and wide-ranging history of California (Endangered Dreams, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE FOLLOWER by Jason Starr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 9, 2007

"As in his first seven novels (Lights Out, 2006, etc.), Starr updates the noir playbook by making every single character as unappealing as last night's cigarette smoke."
Starr's latest walk on the sour side stakes out his heroine between an insensitive lout and a murderous sociopath. Read full book review >

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HARD FEELINGS by Jason Starr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 2002

"Starr (Nothing Personal, 2000, etc.) makes all the right noir moves, but if noir to you means no more than dismal, be warned: you won't easily stomach self-hating, rancorous Richard."
For Richard Segal, these are the deep-dyed worst of times. Read full book review >

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LIGHTS OUT by Jason Starr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"Noir fiction has long mired ordinary guys in impossible situations. Starr's distinctive contribution is to make virtually everyone involved seethe with resentment from the opening scene. The result is scorching."
Starr raises the stakes from his usual sour-noir entries (Twisted City, 2004, etc.) by making his entire cast despicable. Read full book review >

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COLD CALLER by Jason Starr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"Starr's unsettlingly funny debut, running as hot and cold as Bill's moods, is just the thing for fans who miss the acid noir that Jim Thompson dispensed in The Grifters."
In the two years since he got fired from his job as vice president at a New York ad agency, Bill Moss has made ends meet by a part-time telemarketing job for the grandly named American Communications Association. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 6, 2010

"In design and execution, every bit as worthy of the bridge it celebrates."
By California's foremost historian, a paean to perhaps "the most beautiful bridge ever built." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 9, 2007

"An informed and eloquent case for liberalism as the American way."
Pulitzer Prize-winner Starr (The Creation of the Media, 2004, etc.) is liberal and proud of it. Read full book review >