"Compelling, slick, exuberant, flashy, funny, fierce, and cinematic . . . Deftly written with panache and polish . . . This remarkable novel, a lean, psychologically unsettling noir tale, will stay with you long after you put it down and regretfully say, 'I wish I wrote that.'"
, starred review
"One of the best books I have ever read. . . . The writing is powerful, it takes hold of you from the first page and that hold gets tighter and tighter until the heart-wrenching ending. It was impossible to put down. Good Neighbors
is a book not to be missed."
-Kendall Gutierrez, Suspense Magazine
"Intensely gripping . . . A fine and memorable novel."
, starred review
"Darkly powerful . . . Jahn inhabits these people and their problems so completely and convincingly that they don't seem like monsters even as they ignore the woman who's dying only a few yards away."
"A terrific debut . . . A wonderfully visual book-the effect is of watching, unseen, through a dozen different windows as Jahn switches from one scenario to the next. Powerful, compassionate and authentic, it works both as a mystery and as a snapshot of America in the early 1960s."
"Gripping . . . Jahn takes the nub of the real Genovese case and weaves a superb series of fictional stories around it. . . . He constructs a convincing edifice of doubt, anger, jealousy, despair and a host of other emotions leading inexorably to the same conclusion: do nothing."
"A striking first novel . . . It contains genuine insights into the way people act under pressure."
-The Sunday Times
"An astounding piece of fiction. It grips you like a vice from the beginning and doesn't let you go. . . . [Jahn is a] bright new star to crime fiction."
"An audacious, inventive piece of literary thriller writing . . . Jahn's novel is subtle, delicately constructed and displays a fine ear for dialogue. It also announces the arrival of a distinctive new talent."
"Brutal and immediate . . . Cleverly written, accomplished and gripping. . . . At times I had to stop reading to catch my breath."
"Without a doubt, the most outstanding novel I have read this year."
-Rhian Davies, It's a Crime!
"Jahn's violent amorality tale has . . . drawn well-earned comparisons with Bret Easton Ellis and James Ellroy. . . . Gripping, and layered with juicy, scathing insights into the relationships and politics of the era, Jahn proves himself as a promising noir talent."
"Addictive and compelling."
"A gripping and thoughtful psychological thriller . . . Terse, telegraphic and present-tense, Jahn's style creates a voyeuristic distance between reader and characters that perfectly matches his theme, the fearfulness and atomization of urban life that encourages each man to be an island."
"A very accomplished debut, a gripping thriller based on a real event in '60s America. Moving quickly from perspective to perspective, it scoops the reader up from page one and does not let go. This is not only a crime novel, but a brilliant evocation of '60s New York in terms of its prejudices, its corruption and its humanity."
-Crime Writers Association Dagger Award judges' citation
"Dark, compelling and powerful . . . Jahn is a rare and fine talent."
-R. J. Ellory, author of A Quiet Belief in Angels
"We might have thought we knew the Kitty Genovese story, but everything in here is unexpected and, by the end, nothing short of astonishing. Don't miss this remarkable debut novel."
-Cammie McGovern, author of Neighborhood Watch
and Eye Contact
"Flat-out brilliant . . . At once brutal and empathic, fearless and humane, Good Neighbors
leaves the reader gasping for what it ultimately reveals: the truth-about us. A brave, unique, and-yes-impossible-to-put-down read. Kitty Genovese died for our sins, and Jahn offers nothing less than final, beautiful redemption."