Hard Feelings [NOOK Book]


New Introduction by Ken Bruen!

Includes bonus chapters of Starr's novels Twisted City and Tough Luck!

Hard Feelings is the first ever Vintage Crime/Black Lizard original novel!

International bestseller! Over one million copies of ...
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New Introduction by Ken Bruen!

Includes bonus chapters of Starr's novels Twisted City and Tough Luck!

Hard Feelings is the first ever Vintage Crime/Black Lizard original novel!

International bestseller! Over one million copies of Starr's novels are currently in print!

Things aren’t going so well for Richie Segal. His prospects at the job are pretty miserable and, what’s more humiliating, his wife’s prospects at her job are pretty good. Richie knows he’s a good salesman, but he just can’t seem to land an account. And he’s starting to drink again. And worry about whether Paula’s seeing that old high school flame, or maybe someone new. It’s a little early, at thirty-four, for a mid-life crisis, but that’s pretty much what it feels like. And there’re those unwelcome memories of the neighborhood bully, Michael Rudnick and what he did to Richie when he was thirteen. Richie Segal’s feeling, well, abused.

Just when Richie’s about as low as he can get, he runs into Rudnick on the street and knows exactly what he needs to do. And suddenly things seem to be going much better. That is until they get much, much worse. In the classic tradition of Jim Thompson and James M. Cain, Hard Feelings is novel that lets us into the mind of an ordinary guy capable of things that even he couldn’t have imagined.

"Jason Starr is the real deal in a world where a lot of people are faking it." - Laura Lippman

"Jason Starr is hypnotically good. Some of the best new writing there is." - Lee Child

"Jason Starr is the first writer of his generation to convincingly update the modern crime novel by giving it provocative new spins and Hard Feelings is his most accomplished thriller yet. It might be new-school noir but like the classics of the genre it has a brutal escalation of tension, pungent dialogue, a hardboiled simplicity and grace. It's also darkly funny and a pure pleasure to read. As you race through it you realize that Jim Thompson has just moved to Manhattan." - Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho

"Starr knows how to deliver straight-ahead pulp fiction with the best of them, and here he does it again as efficiently as in his earlier Cold Caller and Nothing Personal. The fact that Vintage Crime/Black Lizard is publishing a new novel as a paperback original for the first time in its ten-year history may help boost the already healthy interest in this writer. Highly recommended." - Library Journal
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Editorial Reviews

Penzler Pick - Otto Penzler
Penzler Pick, March 2002: Perverse as she was, I think Patricia Highsmith would approve. With his fourth novel, Jason Starr stakes his claim on the claustrophobic territory that she carved out so brilliantly for the four decades of her writing career. And the people at Vintage/Black Lizard, the publishers of Hard Feelings as their first-ever original paperback--who have a number of Highsmith titles on their classic-noir list--know it."
Time Out New York - John Freeman
Convincing and entertaining ... Hard Feelings dances a mesmerizing tango between reality and its menacing shadow.
New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio
In his psychological thriller Hard Feelings... Starr has plumbed the shallows of his brittle characters and their selfish lives, depicting them in a hard-edged style that is clean, cold and extremely chilling.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149241118
  • Publisher: Jason Starr
  • Publication date: 5/23/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 576,942
  • File size: 579 KB

Meet the Author

Jason Starr is the international bestselling author of many crime novels and thrillers for W.W. Norton, Vintage Books, St. Martins Press, and Hard Case Crime. Over one million copies of Starr's books are currently in print. His books include Cold Caller, Nothing Personal, Fake I.D., Hard Feelings, Tough Luck, Twisted City, Lights Out, The Follower, Panic Attack, The Pack, and The Craving. In addition, with co-writer Ken Bruen, Starr has written novels for Hard Case Crime, including Bust, Slide, and The Max. Most of Starr's novels are available as e-books. Also a prodigious writer of comics for Marvel, DC, Vertigo, and Boom! Studios, Starr has written comics for the iconic characters Batman, Doc Savage, The Avenger, The Sandman, The Punisher, and the Wolverine Max series for Marvel. His original comics include The Chill for Vertigo and the acclaimed The Returning for Boom! Studios. Starr has won the Anthony Award twice, and has also won the Barry Award. His books are published in over a dozen languages. He lives in New York City.
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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    Outstanding Noir

    You'll find yourself identifying with the protagonist's feelings but (hopefully) not his actions. Prepare yourself for an uber-paranoid downward spiral. A very convincing slide into madness with a definite Jim Thompson-esque ending...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2002

    A dark journey into a dullusional mind

    Richard Star continues to excel in narrating the travails of disturbed characters. Hard times, an urbor noir novel in the purest form will not dissapoint fans of this genre. The story is told from the dullusional mind of Richie Segal, a failing salesman who is suddenly haunted by previously repressed memories of childhood abuse at the hands of a neighbor. In addition, Segal is dealing with alcoholism, marital problems, paranoia, and jealosy. In a dark way this novel will rationalize, by way of a rising progression of unfortunate events, the journey that an everyman can take from normalcy to deviancy. The joy in reading this book is not in its resolution, which is somewhat unsatisfying, but rather the smooth progression of events and the accompanying look into the dellusional mind of Richie Segal that makes his rapid metaphorphais plausible. To the most ardent fan of book noir, the ending may actually be humorous.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fine urban noir thriller

    When he worked at Network Strategies, he was the firm¿s top salesperson, receiving the esteem and kudos of his peers and management. Richie Segal regrets moving to Midtown Consulting because he has failed to make a sale in his seven months at his new firm and his boss is on his case to produce or else. <P> Adding to his feelings of inadequacy is that his wife just received a promotion and a raise, earning $10,000 more than Richie earns. The worst thing to happen to Richie is running across high-powered attorney Michael Rudnick. When Michael was twelve, he molested then ten years old Richie. Now all his repressed memories surface and unable to cope with them, Richie takes an action that could jeopardize all he holds dear in life. <P> HARD FEELINGS is a fine urban noir thriller that stars a fascinating protagonist. Readers will understand his motives and even empathize with his deep feelings, but deplore his decisions and actions. Jason Starr creates a riveting tale that enthralls the audience with insights into a battered human psyche¿s struggle to survive. This novel is worth reading at any price. <P>Harriet Klausner

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