RARA-AVIS: Re: Jason Starr author tour for LIGHTS OUT

From: Dave Zeltserman ( dz@hardluckstories.com)
Date: 24 Sep 2006

Damn, Jason, very impressive.

Bill, I'd like to suggest we make Lights Out a topic of discussion for one of the upcoming months.

--Dave Z.

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "crimeflix" <jmks100@...> wrote:
> 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
> It includes new work from Ken Bruen, Laura Lippman, Lee Child,
> 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
> 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.
> got a hip style and an ear for crackling dialogue. And he offers
> characters that are so real we're sure we know them. This book is
> huge treat." -Jeffery Deaver
> Ryan Rossetti and Jake Thomas were the two Major League-bound
> on their high school baseball team, heading straight into history
> the first two of Canarsie's favorite sons to make it out and make
> big. Until Ryan hurt his pitching arm and landed a $10 dollar an
> life as a house painter. Lucky Jake made it all the way, and he
> his $10 million signing
> bonus are heading back for a publicity-motivated homecoming
> 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
> marriage on Easy Street. None of the three have any idea what's
> to play out in the streets they once all called home. Lights Out
> 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
> 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
> 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." -
> 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
> the energy of a nuclear-powered kaleidoscope. It's obvious that
> end will be violent, but which specific acts of violence are
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> fierce body of work by a prodigious talent." -Laura Lippman
> "Jason Starr is hypnotically good - if you miss him, you're
> 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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