RARA-AVIS: Jason Starr/Vintage Black Lizard contest reminder

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 13 Dec 2001

Here's a mid-month reminder on how to win a free signed copy of Jason Starr's next book. I don't know how many people have mailed Vintage, but hey, it's free and signed, and he's good.


In celebration of the publication of its first ever original novel, HARD FEELINGS by Jason Starr, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard is delighted to offer RARA-AVIS subscribers 10 free signed first editions of the novel. To be eligible, please send a note with your name and mailing address to vintageanchorpublicity@randomhouse.com with the heading JASON STARR CONTEST. Entrees must be received by January 1, 2002 to be eligible. Only one entry per person please. 10 winners will be selected at random and winners will be posted on the RARA-AVIS message board by January 10, 2002. HARD FEELINGS will be published on January 15, 2002. No purchase necessary.  Of course, the normal qualifications apply: void where prohibited by law, and neither Vintage nor RARA-AVIS are responsible for lost or misdirected entries.

HARD FEELINGS by Jason Starr A Vintage Crime/ Black Lizard Original
$12.00 (Can. $18.00) Trade/ 224 pp. ISBN: 0-375-72709-4

"Jason Starr is the first writer of his generation to convincingly update the modern crime novel by giving it provocative new spins and HARD FEELINGS is his most accomplished thriller yet. It might be new-school noir but like the classics of the genre it has a brutal escalation of tension, pungent dialogue, a hardboiled simplicity and grace, and a whopper of an ending. It's also darkly funny and a pure pleasure to read. As you race through it you realize that Jim Thompson has just moved to Manhattan." --Bret Easton Ellis

In the classic tradition of Jim Thompson, Hard Feelings lets us into the mind of an ordinary guy capable of things that even he couldn't have imagined. Richie Segal's prospects are pretty miserable and, what's more humiliating, his wife's career is looking pretty good. Richie knows he's a good salesman, but he just can't seem to land an account. And he's starting to drink again. And worry about whether Paula's seeing that old high school flame, or maybe someone new. It's a little early, at thirty-four, for a mid-life crisis, but that's pretty much what it feels like. And there're those unwelcome memories of the neighborhood bully, Michael Rudnick, and what he did to Richie when he was eleven. Richie Segal's feeling, well, abused. Just when Richie's about as low as he can get, he runs into Rudnick on the street and knows exactly what he needs to do. Then suddenly things seem to be going much better. That is until they get much, much worse.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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