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EVERY TOWN HAS ITS SECRETS
In Savage Lane, Jason Starr has crafted a searing tale of suspense that proves the adage: Love thy neighbor, but dont pull down your hedge. Karen Daily, recently divorced, lives with her two kids in a quaint suburb of New York City. Shes teaching at a nearby elementary school, starting to date again, and for the first time in years has found joy in her life. Mark Berman, Karens friend and neighbor, wants out of his unhappy marriage, and so does his wife, Deb, but they have stayed together for the sake of their children.
Unbeknownst to Karen, while Marks marriage has deteriorated his obsession with her has grown. And as Marks rich fantasy life takes on a more sinister edge, rumors begin to spread about Karen and a bigger secret is uncovered. And soon Karen finds that Mark is not the only one who has taken an undesired interest in her
Jason Starr is one of our most accomplished writers of the darkness that lies within the human heart, and Savage Lane is his most riveting and intimate novel yeta dark, domestic thriller and an honest, searing satire of a declining marriage, suburban life, and obsessive love.
"A surfeit of toxic behavior surrounds the aptly named Savage Lane in a supposedly idyllic Westchester, N.Y., suburb, the setting for this creepy not in a good way domestic suspense novel from Anthony Award winner Starr (The Craving). Mark Berman, a 44-year-old Citibank systems analyst, is so besotted with neighbor Karen Daily, the local hot divorcÃ©e, that he fails to notice that her interest in him doesn't extend beyond friendship. Or that his alcoholic, jealous wife, Deb, has been carrying on a highly dangerous affair for two years. Starr has some startling plot twists up his sleeve, beginning about a third of the way through after a murder ratchets up the stakes. But he doesn't give the reader much of anyone to root for, except Karen and late-arriving Det. Larry Walsh, who has his own issues. Too much of the book feels like watching middle-aged moms Karen and Deb engaging in a name-calling, wrestling-on-the-ground cat fight somewhat titillating but ultimately just uncomfortable and sad." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Who but Jason Starr could render suburban vice pitch black, sneakily endearing and wickedly funny all at once? Like James M. Cain meets Tom Perrotta, SAVAGE LANE shows, in grand style, how twisted the hearts of All-American families can be, and how those picket white fences can be dangerously sharp.”
Megan Abbott, author of DARE ME and THE FEVER
"A surfeit of toxic behavior surrounds the aptly named Savage Lane...Starr has some startling plot twists up his sleeve." Publishers Weekly
Named one of PopSugar's Best Fall Reads!
Phenomenal praise for the novels of Jason Starr
"Jason Starrs got a hip style and an ear for crackling dialogue... characters so real we feel we know them." Jeffery Deaver
Starr once again shows a real gift for satiric humor and capturing the contemporary New York scene." Publishers Weekly on The Pack
"PANIC ATTACK is the ultimate page turner a thriller that brilliantly blends psychological and physical suspense. It's rare that you get either one in a book, but Jason Starr delivers them both in spades." Michael Connelly
"Lights Out has the New York sound, the energy, dialog that's on the beat... Read it and you'll go hunting for Jason Starr's other books, I promise." Elmore Leonard
Jason Starr's prose is as taut, vicious, relentless and elegant as a jewelled hand tightening around your throat.” Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight
This generation's Looking for Mr. Goodbar and a crackling-hot beach read."
The New York Post on The Follower
"Jason Starr is the link between Richard Prather and Albert Camus.... It's almost impossible to do Fake I.D. its proper justice other than to tell you that you need to read this book before today's sun sets." Bookreporter
"A throwback to the spare, snappy crime writing of Jim Thompson and James M. Cain."
Entertainment Weekly on Hard Feelings
Jason Starr is one of the most acclaimed writers of crime fiction working today, and in his new novel, Savage Lane, he pulls back the curtain shielding Westchester, NY, one of the most affluent, well-to-do towns in the country, showing that behind the glimmering curtains lie dark secrets that could shatter lives forever. A tense, edgy literary crime novel in the vein of Rick Moody's The Ice Storm and Tom Perrotta's Little Children, Savage Lane makes you look at your neighbors in a wholly different way, staying with you long after the last page is turned.
About the Author
is the internationally best-selling author of many crime novels and thrillers, and his books have been published in over a dozen languages. He has also cowritten several novels with Ken Bruen for Hard Case Crime, and his work in comics for Marvel, D.C, Vertigo, and Boom! Studios has featured Wolverine, The Punisher, Batman, Doc Savage, The Avenger, Ant-Man, and The Sandman. Many of his books are in development for film and TV. Starr's best-selling crime novels include Nothing Personal, Hard Feelings, Tough Luck, Twisted City, Lights Out, The Follower,
and Panic Attack.
He is one of only several authors who have won the Anthony Award for mystery fiction multiple times. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and lives in Manhattan, NY.