The Craving



Manhattan thrives on desire?the longing for a better apartment?a higher-paying job?fame. Simon Burns ought to know, since he nearly lost it all.?

Just when he thought he?d hit rock bottom, Simon found a group of friends, daytime dads like himself. But there was something ?off? about Michael, Charlie, and Ramon, and Simon found himself slowly changing into the kind of man he?d given up trying to be a long time ago?and ...

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Manhattan thrives on desire—the longing for a better apartment…a higher-paying job…fame. Simon Burns ought to know, since he nearly lost it all.…

Just when he thought he’d hit rock bottom, Simon found a group of friends, daytime dads like himself. But there was something “off” about Michael, Charlie, and Ramon, and Simon found himself slowly changing into the kind of man he’d given up trying to be a long time ago—and rediscovering the most primal of hungers. There were nights he made constant love to his wife, nights he roamed the city streets, nights he doesn’t even remember. And it’s one of those blackouts that’s going to come back to haunt him.

For Simon isn’t the man he once was. In fact, he’s not really a man at all anymore. He’s a member of the pack. And once you’re in, it’s impossible to get out....

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Editorial Reviews

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“Jason Starr is hypnotically good.”—Lee Child

“Fascinating…The author writes one-of-a-kind horror tales that will make him tomorrow’s superstar in his field.”—Midwest Book Review


Publishers Weekly
Simon Burns and his single dad cronies from The Pack (2011) return in this similarly dark and humorous look into what life is like in modern Manhattan when you suffer from a "lycanthropic disorder." NYPD homicide detective Geri Rodriguez is trying to connect Burns and his pals to the death of a successful 38-year-old Upper East Sider from the climax of their first outing. Pack leader Michael Hartman's 141-year-old dad, Volker, is turning on him, hinting to Simon that during WWII his son was a "Nazi werewolf serial killer." Simon's marriage is still rocky, if without worries that he may "wolf out" and devour his wife. Simon has many problems—"it was hard to appreciate the positives of being a werewolf"—but at least when Simon sings in the shower, he now sounds like Barry White. As usual, Starr (Panic Attack) pictures a completely convincing New York scene, spiced lightly with sprinkles of Lon Chaney Jr. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
Jason Starr continues the saga of regular-guy-turned-werewolf that he began with The Pack (2011). Women find Simon Burns irresistible. So much so that they practically yank his pants off while he's out with his young son to enjoy a day in the park. But Simon's conversion from an ordinary guy to a sexually magnetic stay-at-home dad with strange physical powers isn't a coincidence. It all began when he turned into an urban werewolf courtesy of Michael, the strange German heir to a beer fortune. Simon's wife, Alison, understands only that her husband suffers from some type of psychological disorder that makes him think he's a werewolf, but Simon knows the truth, and he's hidden it from her well. Or at least he's tried, because lately his powers have been growing, and he's becoming stronger, faster and more dangerous every day. As Alison grows more and more puzzled about her marriage and Simon's weird behavior, Simon explores the werewolf side of his personality and discovers he can run faster and longer than ever before and sense smells like never before, all while experiencing amazing changes to his body. But Simon is worried about his family's safety. He has seen firsthand the brutal appetite of werewolves in a feeding frenzy and worries that his own role in a police investigation led by a sexy female detective will soon bring much unwanted notice to him and the members of his pack. Not to mention that his own wife displays the critical judgment skills of a teenage girl who goes down in the basement knowing that there might be a guy with a hockey mask and a chainsaw waiting. Starr's book is long on gore and rife with the kind of sexual thinking generally attributable to nerdy but hopeful 15-year-old boys, and none of Starr's characters are especially redeeming, but there's a goofy kind of fun to the writing. Starr doesn't let plot development or characterization impede the flow of violence or improbable twists and turns in this tale about a guy who parents by allowing his 3-year-old to hang out with people-eating werewolves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425256534
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Series: Pack Series, #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,485,754
  • Product dimensions: 4.35 (w) x 7.57 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Starr is the author of ten previous novels and has won the Anthony Award and the Barry Award.

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