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The glitzy world of major league baseball meets the mean streets of Brooklyn in Jason Starr's noir thriller, Lights Out -- a novel about two Canarsie baseball prodigies: one who made it to the big leagues and another who, plagued by injury, now works as a housepainter and still lives with his bickering parents in the old neighborhood.
Jake "J.T." Thomas, multimillionaire outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates and reigning National League batting champion, is returning home to Brooklyn for what he believes to be a quiet weekend visit. But old friends, family members, and fans of all ages have come out of the woodwork to get a glimpse of the handsome young superstar. Huge banners welcome J.T., and news of his arrival is on every local television channel -- which infuriates Ryan Rossetti to no end. Rossetti, an old teammate of J.T.'s who once had just as much major league potential until an elbow injury ended his playing days forever, sees in J.T. everything that he rightfully deserves but doesn't have -- fame, fortune, adoration, etc. Rossetti, however, does possess one thing that Thomas never will: the love of Christina Mercado, J.T.'s high school sweetheart and current fiancée. This is the weekend that Christina is going to break up with the womanizing megastar and finally end their fiasco of a relationship so that she can start her life with Rossetti. But instead of ending it as planned, Christina and J.T. set a wedding date! Thus begins a series of events that includes psychotic crackhead gangbangers, more than a few sex scandals, and multiple bloody murders.
Lights Out moves like an out-of-control nitrous oxideinjected muscle car with no brakes. Strap yourself in and prepare for one helluva wild ride… Paul Goat Allen