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Lights Out

by Jason Starr

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"Lights Out" is not so much a thriller as it is a dark, brooding character study. Starr's narrative has an adjacency (to use a noun that became very dear to me after reading "The Adjacency" by Christopher Priest...) that simultaneously unsettles and drives the story forward. Reading it is like walking pell-mell and slightly drunk through a strange locale with the only certain certainty being that each step takes you further away and closer to inimical territory. You trust your ministering angel to protect you, even as you know it has flown the cage long ago.
Starr has given also his secondary players their moments, portray their places in the neighborhood's impenetrable structure.

The novel has several stories to tell. Its multiple-POV layout provides the story with a omniscient perspective, while affording Starr the opportunity to display his wonderful ear for internal monologue. The problem was that at times I felt as if Starr was also a central character in the book.

Having read this novel in tandem with "Hard Feelings" (vide my review), I got the feeling Jason Starr is attaining a place in the noir realist tradition that says happy endings don't exist in places such as Brooklyn." ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
A fairly ordinary effort without much to recommend it to be honest, could have left it sitting in the to be read pile a while longer without missing out on anything. ( )
  johnbsheridan | Feb 8, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312359721, Hardcover)

"Lights Out is a fast, furious page-turner. This book is a huge treat."---Jeffery Deaver, author of The Cold Moon: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel
 
From Barry and Anthony Award-winning author Jason Starr comes a story of two friends divided by chance and reunited during a long Brooklyn weekend that will change both of their lives forever. Ryan Rossetti and Jake Thomas were the two Major League-bound rivals on their high school baseball team, heading straight into history as the first two of Canarsie's favorite sons to make it out and make it big. Until Ryan hurt his pitching arm and landed a ten-dollar-an-hour life as a house painter. Lucky Jake made it all the way, and he and his ten-million-dollar signing bonus are heading back for a publicity-motivated homecoming weekend that has all of Brooklyn waiting to explode in celebration.
 
But he's got a nasty surprise in store: Ryan is involved in an intense, addictive relationship with Jake's fiancée Christina, who now faces a choice between love in a Brooklyn tenement or a heartless marriage on Easy Street. Neither man, nor the woman who now stands between them, has any idea what's about to play out in the streets they once all called home. Lights Out is vintage Jason Starr, a razor-sharp crime novel that brilliantly combines biting social satire, explosive suspense, and honest, revealing human drama.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:44 -0400)

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A love triangle between baseball star Jake Thomas, his one-time high-school teammate, Ryan Rossetti, and Jake's fiance Christina, collides in violence on the streets of Canarsie, Brooklyn.

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