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The Follower


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JASON STARR is the multi-award-winning author of seven previous books, including Lights Out (available from St. Martin's Paperbacks). He was born and raised in Brooklyn and now lives in Manhattan.


New York's Upper East Side can be a great place to live for twentysomething singles-unless you meet that certain someone who turns out to be a psychotic stalker. Starr's (Lights Out) latest is a departure from his previous novels in several ways. First, it features a female heroine, Katie Porter, who has moved to the city to make a life for herself away from the Massachusetts suburbs and her inattentive parents. Her search for Mr. Right is complicated by the appearance of Peter Wells, a familiar face from her former small-town life. Peter's sudden interest is a relief to Katie, but his attentions soon turn her life upside down. The story also represents a change for Starr in terms of style and genre. Where his early novels were straight-ahead noir-crime, this is more of a character-driven thriller, exploring the relationships between men and women in a world of urban disillusionment. Luckily, Starr's trademark dark humor and sharp dialog remain in force. Recommended for most fiction collections [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 4/1/07.]-Ken Bolton, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca, NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Murder stalks a love triangle in New York City in Starr's low-key thriller, his most crowd-pleasing novel to date. Katie Porter believes her encounter at the health club with Peter Wells is total chance. What she doesn't know is that Peter once dated her sister back in her hometown and has elaborate plans to marry her, after waiting a couple of weeks for the perfect romantic moment to pop the question. And she doesn't have a clue that her current boyfriend, Andy Barnett, is ready to dump her. A "twenty-three-year-old single guy in Manhattan," Andy is a male animal on the prowl, checking out all the action: "The clothes were loose, but it looked like she had a nice body-thin anyway, which was all that really mattered." Starr (Lights Out) is a master at capturing the minute-by-minute lives of vacuous yuppies, and he absolutely shines with these characters. When Peter decides he needs to eliminate the competition, this Looking for Ms. Goodbar suddenly becomes a very funny, dark social satire. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Extremely chilling." --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times"A masterpiece." --Bret Easton Ellis"This generation's Looking for Mr. Goodbar...crackling-hot." --The New York Post

-Extremely chilling.- --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times-A masterpiece.- --Bret Easton Ellis-This generation's Looking for Mr. Goodbar...crackling-hot.- --The New York Post

Extremely chilling. "Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times" A masterpiece. "Bret Easton Ellis" This generation's "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" crackling-hot. "The New York Post""

"Extremely chilling."--Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times""A masterpiece."--Bret Easton Ellis"""This generation's "Looking for Mr. Goodbar"...crackling-hot."--"The New York Post"

"Extremely chilling."-Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times""A masterpiece."-Bret Easton Ellis"""This generation's "Looking for Mr. Goodbar"...crackling-hot."-"The New York Post"

"Extremely chilling."--Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times"

"A masterpiece."--Bret Easton Ellis"""This generation's "Looking for Mr. Goodbar,.".crackling-hot."--"The New York Post"

"Everyone who's ever gone out on a date should read this book--before they date again. It's been years since a thriller grabbed me the way "The Follower" did."
--Joseph Finder, "New York"" Times" bestselling author of "Paranoia" and "Power Play"
"This generation's "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" and a crackling-hot beach read." --"The ""New ""York"" Post"
""The Follower" does for dating what Jaws did for swimming."
--Ken Bruen, Shamus award winning author of "Priest"
"A chilling, thrilling and addictive tale of romantic love gone terrifyingly wrong. I couldn't put it down!"
--Alison Gaylin, Edgar nominated author of "Trashed"
"Jason Starr takes the big-city singles scene and turns it inside out. Keen social satire and a deliriously addictive story."
--Megan Abbott, Edgar nominated author of "The Song is You
"Jason Starr's got a hip style and an ear for crackling dialogue. And he offers up characters that are so real we're sure we know them."
--Jeffery Deaver, bestselling author of "The Cold Moon
""Jason Starr is hypnotically good---if you miss him, you're missing some of the best new writing there is."
Lee Child, bestselling author of "Bad Luck" and "Trouble"
"Jason Starr is the first writer of his generation to convincingly update the modern crime novel by giving it provocative new spins."
--Bret Easton Ellis, bestselling author of "Lunar Park
"Starr has...a hard-edged style that is clean, cold and extremely chilling."
--Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times"

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