Synopses & Reviews
The DePinos are miserable, living in a rundown apartment above a deli on Tenth Avenue. The Sussmans live in a posh building on the Upper East Side. When Joey DePino loses his job and is threatened by his bookies and loan shark, he involves the Sussmans in a sick, desperate plan to pay off his gambling debts. But ad exec David Sussman has his own problems trying to stop his suddenly psychopathic mistress from ruining him, and he won't go down without a fight. As the lives of the DePinos and the Sussmans become increasingly intertwined, Joey and David plunge their families into an amoral world where anything is possible and nothing is personal. Part crime novel, part unflinching satire of compulsive gambling, eating disorders, and cold-blooded evil, Nothing Personal firmly establishes Jason Starr as one of the most exciting young noir novelists around.
"An original moder noir tale reminiscent of Jim Thompson or David Goodis." The Irish Times
"Starr just never lets up as he twists the plot in ever more sinister directions, and his deadpan tone is a perfect match for his material." Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist
"Starr (Cold Caller, 1998) paints it blacker than black, putting his compelling characters through the wringer before hanging them out to dry in a finale as creepy as it is inconclusive." Kirkus Reviews
As the lives of two New York families become intertwined, Joey DePino and David Sussman plunge their families into an amoral world where anything is possible and nothing is personal. Part crime novel, part satire of compulsive gambling, eating disorders, can cold-blooded evil.