Re: RARA-AVIS: Tough Luck

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 15 Oct 2007

--- wrote:

> Tough Luck was my least favorite of Starr's books. I
> started with Nothing
> Personal, which has remained my favorite, but I
> think his complexity of
> character has deepened with Lights Out and The
> Follower.

While I haven't yet read Nothing Personal and I agree about Starr's development, books hit readers in different ways. Is Lights Out a better written and structured book? No doubt. But Tough Luck worked for me because I know those guys and those streets and Starr did a really good job of bringing them to life. The other thing I really appreciated in Touch Luck was that Mickey was allowed his doom with a smile and a nod rather than a knife or going out a window. Yes, Starr worked that with Lights Out but not in the same way for me. Obviously I'm a big fan of his now and I'm not deriding his other work at all. Tough Luck just hit me in a real way.


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