RARA-AVIS: Jason Starr author tour for LIGHTS OUT

From: crimeflix ( jmks100@aol.com)
Date: 24 Sep 2006

Hey, Jason Starr here to let you know that my new novel (and first American hardcover) LIGHTS OUT (St. Martin's Minotaur) is now on sale. The launch party is Tuesday Sept 26 at the Black Orchid Bookshop in NYC and all are welcome. Below is the full LIGHTS OUT tour schedule, as well as some more info about the book. Also, Bloodlines: A Horse Racing Anthology (Vintage Books), a book of fiction and non-fiction I co-edited with Maggie Estep is now on sale. It includes new work from Ken Bruen, Laura Lippman, Lee Child, Scott Phillips, Wallace Stroby, Laura Hillenbrand, Jane Smiley, Jerry Stahl, Daniel Woodrell, Charlie Stella, Maggie Estep, Jason Starr, and more. Thank you and hope to see you soon! Jason
  LIGHTS OUT by Jason Starr
  A Book Sense Notable Selection, October 2006

"'Lights Out' has the New York sound, the energy, dialogue that's on the beat...Read it and you'll go hunting for Jason Starr's other books, I promise."
-Elmore Leonard
" Lights Out is a fast, furious page-turner from the git-go. Starr's got a hip style and an ear for crackling dialogue. And he offers up characters that are so real we're sure we know them. This book is a huge treat." -Jeffery Deaver

Ryan Rossetti and Jake Thomas were the two Major League-bound rivals on their high school baseball team, heading straight into history as the first two of Canarsie's favorite sons to make it out and make it big. Until Ryan hurt his pitching arm and landed a $10 dollar an hour life as a house painter. Lucky Jake made it all the way, and he and his $10 million signing bonus are heading back for a publicity-motivated homecoming weekend that has all of Brooklyn waiting to explode in celebration.

But he's got a nasty surprise in store: Ryan is involved in an intense, addictive relationship with Jake's fianc饠Christina, who now faces a choice between love in a Brooklyn tenement or a heartless marriage on Easy Street. None of the three have any idea what's about to play out in the streets they once all called home. Lights Out is vintage Jason Starr, a razor sharp crime novel that brilliantly combines biting social satire, explosive suspense, and honest, revealing human drama.
"Marking his hardcover debut, Starr's latest crime novel sizzles with streetwise dialog and furious emotional energy. His latest contribution to the world of crime fiction is a home run. Highly recommended. -Library Journal (Starred Review)

"This slice of the confused life reads a bit like George Pelecanos or Richard Price...a wickedly entertaining ride down a dead-end street. - Booklist

"(A) strangely fascinating riff off classic noir.... Starr is a master at portraying Brooklyn as a dark corner of hell." -Publishers Weekly

"Lights Out will vault Jason Starr into the top ranks of "literary" crime writers, with George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane and Richard Price... Angry and compassionate, funny and bleak. Well done."
-Answer Girl (blogspot)

"The Rube Goldberg plot hurls these raging citizens together with all the energy of a nuclear-powered kaleidoscope. It's obvious that the end will be violent, but which specific acts of violence are anyone's guess. .. The result is scorching. -Kirkus Reviews

"A scorching thriller... Jason Starr has an excellent ear for dialogue which brings his characters vividly to life." -Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph (U.K.)

"Like George Pelecanos at his best, Jason Starr manages to get inside the heads of his characters, both black and white, and with Lights Out punches more than his weight." -Mark Timlin, Independent on Sunday (U.K.)

"An outrageous black comedy." -Bookends (Editor's Pick) (U.K.)

"With "Lights Out" Jason Starr has raised the level of his game by yet another, seemingly impossible notch and created a chrome-shiny- cynical, cautionary tale of hard-head city dwellers, whacked out crack-heads and sports jocks. He is the closest thing you'll ever get to Tarantino in text. Good doesn't begin to describe just how damn good he is." -Paul Blezard, Oneword Radio (U.K.)

"For the perfect guilty pleasure, first acquire a copy of this new book by Jason Starr. Next, lock the door, switch off the television, turn on the answering machine and chill a bottle of your favourite poison. Then read... and continue reading, probably till 3am, as it'll completely hook you. A tight, thrilling novel that won't let go or disappoint." -Ottakar's Bookshop, Recommended Reads (U.K.)

"Jason Starr is the real deal in a world where a lot of people are faking it, a fearless, pitiless writer. The result is a compelling, fierce body of work by a prodigious talent." -Laura Lippman

"Jason Starr is hypnotically good - if you miss him, you're missing some of the best new writing there is." -Lee Child

"Lights Out is compulsively readable, sidesplittingly funny and absolutely merciless....Starr's fresh take on our flawed human condition may bring howls of outrage but in the tradition of the great satirists, you can't stop reading." Denise Hamilton
"Jason Starr is a leader of the new noir movement." - George P. Pelecanos

Tuesday September 26 @ 6:30 pm Black Orchid Mystery Bookshop, New York City with Maggie Estep

Thursday September 28-Monday October 1 Bouchercon World Mystery Convention: Madison, WI
  Monday October 2 @ 7:00 pm Once Upon a Crime, Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday October 3 @ 6:30 p.m. Murder by the Book, Houston, TX with Donna Moore, Joe R. Lansdale

Wednesday October 4 @ 7:00 p.m. Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ with Steve Hamilton, Eddie Muller

Thursday, October 5 @ 7:00 M is for Mystery, San Mateo, CA
  Saturday, October 7 @ 1:00 Mysteries to Die For. Thousand Oaks, CA

Saturday October 7 @ 4:00 The Mystery Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA

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