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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 2004

"An unfailingly interesting, highly readable contribution to Starr's grand series, which is drawing to a close. (Readers still have Starr's take on the 1960s to look forward to; the next volume, he's threatened, will be called Smoking the Dream.)"
In which Starr brings his magnificent, multivolume series Americans and the California Dream, the product of a quarter-century of work, up to the present. Read full book review >

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CARAVAN OF NO DESPAIR by Mirabai Starr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Difficult reading at times, but the sometimes-scattershot nature of the book fits the chaotic nature of the author's grief."
A memoir about writing through a devastating loss. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Though the story suffers somewhat in the telling, Starr is proud of his accomplishments, and he deserves to be."
One man's amazing accomplishment in founding a school amid a series of daunting challenges. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2004

"A sequel, please."
The creation of the American media, that is—a process that, as argued here, helped forward the country's rise as an economic and political power. Read full book review >

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TWISTED CITY by Jason Starr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 13, 2004

"Noir is an honorable tradition, but there's a world of difference between James M. Cain's dark and Starr's dreary (Tough Luck, 2003, etc.)."
Another of Starr's detestable antiheroes, leads a slipping-down life that is about to become worse. Read full book review >