Re: RARA-AVIS: Cold Caller by Jason Starr

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 24 Feb 2005


I think all six of his novels are great and recommend them all. It's funny you should mention Ann Beattie in the same post. Although not noir I really enjoyed Chilly Scenes of Winter and I think it influenced a lot of writers. For other quirky crime novels try Motherless Brooklyn if you've not yet read it.


> 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

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