While I suspect that was more hyperbole than anything else, I do believe he
ultimately turned out to be on the mark with that comment. His older books
typically have a lean and mean, dark and cloying atmosphere of desperation
akin to Goodis, while his newer books (TWISTED CITY, LIGHTS OUT, THE
FOLLOWER and PANIC ATTACK) seem to me to be more thriller than noir. Still
eminently readable and tense, but their fuller, more polished narratives are
notably less dark and desperate than their predecessors.
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On
> Behalf Of Juri Nummelin
> Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 7:23 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Jason Starr
> I was taking a look at an interview I made with Jason Starr back in, what,
> 2003. He says: "I can't think of writing books that are darker than what
> writing now."
> Is this true? Is THE FOLLOWER less dark than, say, FAKE ID?
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