Search Results: "Jason Starr"


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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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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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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 >

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PANIC ATTACK by Jason Starr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Baleful and scorching. No one in the suspense field today does nasty as well as Starr (The Follower, 2007, etc.)."
The gunshots that defend a Forest Hills family from an intruder in their house touch off a powder keg as fatal for the family as for the burglar. Read full book review >

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THE CRAVING by Jason Starr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2012

"Starr doesn't let plot development or characterization impede the flow of violence or improbable twists and turns in this tale about a guy who parents by allowing his 3-year-old to hang out with people-eating werewolves."
Jason Starr continues the saga of regular-guy-turned-werewolf that he began with The Pack (2011). Read full book review >

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TOUGH LUCK by Jason Starr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Starr (Hard Feelings, 2002, etc.) piles on the misery relentlessly in his latest black-on-black entry."
Mickey Prada can't catch a break. Read full book review >

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PIMP by Ken Bruen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"We're told the name PIMP stands for the mixture of peyote, insulin, mescaline, and psychosis. Pulp, Idiocy, Snark, and Scumminess would have been a more truthful acronym."
A former drug kingpin stumbles on a new designer drug and uses it to fuel his comeback in the fourth entry of the Max Fisher series. 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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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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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 >

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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 >