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The Follower Hardcover – August 7, 2007

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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.)
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Starr writes dark comedies about dim bulbs. Sometimes it works--Lights Out (2006) featured an entertaining premise and a frantic pace--and sometimes it doesn't, which is the case here. Set in the party-hearty world of twentysomething Manhattanites, The Follower offers a tepid premise (a stalker sets his sights on a shallow young woman[...]), formulaic satire (the characters say like a lot and shop at Banana Republic), and uninspired delivery (the characters use cliches, and so does the author). It's a thriller with no thrills. If we cared about the characters, it might be suspenseful, but one suspects that even Starr doesn't care about them. It's fine if they're shallow jerks, but couldn't they be interesting shallow jerks? A better writer would search for sparks of humanity even in psychos and lame-o's. Many consider Starr a rising star in the genre, and his name on a spine will draw fans. But he often coasts, and here he has taken it out of gear entirely: this trip to the singles bars will leave readers desperate for a ride home. Keir Graff
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312359748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312359744
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,996,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
No one is writing books quite like Jason Starr. His latest novel is labeled a "thriller," and yes, it is most definitely that --- I was actually afraid to read the last several pages, for what they might reveal --- but like his other books, Starr's narratives handily slice in and out of life, shattering character and plot stereotypes to an unsettling degree. The reader never knows what is going to happen or how it will happen. Starr, however, does quite a bit more in THE FOLLOWER than turn an expectation or two upside down.

The book defies convention from the git-go. Starr begins things slowly, almost agonizingly so, setting up his main characters and a few secondary ones with a minimum of flash before he begins to tantalizingly disrobe their psyches. The main story ebbs and flows around Katie Porter and Peter Wells. Porter is from a small New England town, an administrative assistant fresh out of college living in Manhattan and working for a financial PR agency. But her life, as she is rapidly discovering, is neither as exciting nor as fulfilling as she thought it would be. Wells is a few years older than Porter, from the same small town, and also living in Manhattan. He is in love with her and has their life together planned out to the last nuance; he sets up a chance meeting, starts finding reasons to run into her, and slowly begins interjecting himself into her life.

No one is going to stop Porter's Peter Pan boyfriend (least of all Andy Barnett), who seems as bent on seducing everyone who moves (provided they meet his careful and exacting standards) as he is on convincing Porter to offer him the marble peach. Porter, however, is not exactly blameless.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I've never been in New York City, and, the way the social scene is described in this book, I don't wish to go. Is a woman really considered not caring for herself if she doesn't wear makeup, or wears glasses instead of contacts for a date? Really?

She felt fat & ran to do pilates & crunches after a bagel with sun dried tomato spread. For real?

The character of the boyfriend I really don't give a damn about and can't empathize with the man. Anal sex as a primary goal in any relationship? Really?

Cruel as it is to say, as I've dealt with a few of these characters & the people whose lives they wreck, the stalker has more going for him intellectually and as far as emotional maturity than anyone so far in this book. Warped as his mindset is, making marriage and baby and memory plans with the protagonist before they've been on their first date, at least he wants something in life more profound than rutting or staring at peoples' various physical features and flaws.

I'm truly struggling to give a darn about much of anyone in the book. I may or may not finish it, and may or may not read any more of Jason Starr's works.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
What's to say about Jason Starr that hasn't been said by more intelligent people already? Yes, he IS a modern day Jim Thompson in that he truly seems to be able to get in the minds of sociopaths and understands what people's jobs and actions say about their personalities. The difference between Mr. Thompson and Mr Starr is that the later is FUNNY. Funny as hell, in fact. He gets inside the characters heads and what he sees is not pretty and for that he makes no excuses. The main character, Katie Porter, is insecure and vain. The men she dates are predatory and shallow. The villain is a sociopathic romantic and, in many ways (given his romantic competition) her best option. If he wasn't a homicidal sociopath he would be the perfect boyfriend. What is Jason Starr saying in this book? The modern dating scene in NYC is loaded with shallow, predatory opportunists? Well, yeah but that has been said before. That surface impressions are nothing but mere manipulations? Yeah, sure but anyone who has read "The Game" (a handbook for predatory daters) already knows that. Here is what I think is the central thesis of this book: The popular depiction of romantic love as presented in movies and books is, at heart, sociopathic and appeals to people who make shallow choices. Boy, that sounds over-serious and pedantic- here's the thing- it's not- it's hilarious. The Medical Intern who goes everywhere in his O.R scrubs so that he is easily identified as a doctor to potential conquests. The women who kisses a guy because he is cute but who, as she is aware, is a murder suspect. The Police Detective who has the reputation as the worst Detective in NYC and, based on his investigative skills on display in this book, likely is...This is great, fun read that is as much social satire as it is crime thriller. Imagine a more readable, less loathsome "American Psycho" and THAT is "The Follower".
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Format: Hardcover
As a chick lit author, I love any book that begins with a Jane Austen quote. Especially one that's cleverly used, as in the opener to Jason Starr's psychological thriller, THE FOLLOWER.

THE FOLLOWER is a dark tale about Katie Porter, and the man who stalks her, Peter Wells. Just one warning: Parents--you may never let your children move into their own apartment in Manhattan after you read this!

Starr does an excellent job of portraying single life amongst the 20-somethings living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan--and then skewering it. I loved the irony of how Katie's creepy stalker, Peter, actually has many of the things that Katie would want in a man--the expensive co-op apartment, the big bank account, and the subtle good looks. Starr is making a powerful statement about single life in New York City, what we think we want, and what we deserve to get.

I was highly entertained by this book, and you will be, too. It was the first Jason Starr novel that I've ever read, and I will be back to read more.
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