RARA-AVIS: Cold Caller by Jason Starr

From: Karin Montin ( kmontin@sympatico.ca)
Date: 24 Feb 2005

Just finished this one, which has been favourably mentioned here many times, and it was like a breath of fresh air after Out--until the last few pages.

The first couple of chapters seemed very familiar. I was wondering if I had read the book before. But no, it was just that the characters were similar to those in Hard Feelings or Nothing Personal. I was reminded of Anne Beattie or Alice Munro with their huge casts of semi-interchangeable characters. (Sorry, Jason.) But they aren't really interchangeable. They just share a background and habits and aspirations: this is "white-collar noir," as it says on the cover.

Jason Starr makes criminals of the most ordinary middle-class professionals. And the plots have very dark twists and turns, with very good endings.

Now I've read four of his books and still have a few to go. Highly recommendable.


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