Love on the Internet gone wrong
Reminiscent of Nick and Amy in Gone Girl , Jack and Maria have a tortuous history. Currently, they live in a claustrophobic Manhattan apartment with their eight-year-old son, Jonah. Jack has quit booze, but his music career ended abruptly, and he isn’t doing much better as a real estate agent. Maria’s doing well at her corporate job, but she travels frequently. While they both love their son, they don’t seem to have much else in common and their sex life is nonexistent.
When a former band member tells Jack about a new extramarital dating app called Discreet Hookups, Jack quickly meets Sophia, who goes by the online name Fugitive Red. Jack and Sophia hit it off and have a steamy online affair. When Jack agrees to rendezvous with Sophia at her townhouse, he discovers her deadstrangled by a red necktie.
Immediately, Jack becomes a person of interest in the murder. Convinced that Sophia’s husband is the killer, Jack sets out to prove his innocence and save his marriage. Instead, he leaves a trail of dead bodies in his wake, and the police close in on him. Worse, he discovers that he has been the victim of a sinister scheme that may cost him his life.
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About the Author
Jason Starr was born and raised in Brooklyn. He began writing plays and fiction in college at Binghamton University. Starr has an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College. He is the international best-selling author of fourteen novels and four novels coauthored with Ken Bruen. Starr also writes graphic novels and superhero comics for Marvel and DC. He has won the Barry Award and is a two-time winner of the Anthony Award. Several of his books are in development for TV, film, and theatrical adaptions. His books have been translated into ten languages. Starr is known for his satirical urban crime novels, set mainly in the New York City area. He lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jason Starr tells a tale of internet hookups gone wrong and its...wrong. The book is extremely predictable and strange. There are definite ideas here that could have worked but it is just bizarre how off the rails things go and how the characters react to these events. The main character is not likable. The ending was atrocious and a letdown for what could have been. Overall, an underwhelming read, to say the least.
Entertaining, page turner Jack Harper's marriage is not going well and, motivated by a friend, he visits an online dating site - just to liven up a dull evening! Unfortunately his first extra-marital date is dead by the time he arrives, which causes problems for Jack with the police - and his wife. From this moment on this psychological thriller turns into a real page turner. Although it is difficult to have any sympathy with Jack, I was fascinated to find out what happens. Some of the action would have been almost farcical if it hadn't been so serious, but the story is gripping and great entertainment (after a rather slow start). 4*s from me as this was a great book to escape into, with an excellent ending.
Jack is not happy with his marriage. He and Maria have grown apart. She's not interested in anything he does .... he's not happy in his job. He only stays because of his young son. They both love their son, but they're living like roommates .. or brother and sister. When a friend of Jack's tells him about a new dating site for married cheaters, Jack visits the web site just to see what it's all about. But Jack is roped in by a woman who calls herself Fugitive Red. He's intrigued ... they have so much in common. He's not happy with his marriage, she says her husband is abusive. They make plans to meet face to face .... but Jack decides he just can't go through cheating on his wife. But he does want to meet this wonderful sounding woman and tell her face to face. What he finds is going to turn his whole life upside down. Fugitive Red is waiting ... on the bed ... strangled by a red tie. Jack instantly becomes the prime suspect. This was quite a roller coaster ride. With more bodies being found that are linked to Jack have him wondering if he IS the killer. He is a recovering alcoholic, but is he having black outs? Is someone trying to frame him? Can the investigating cops be involved? This is a real hand wringer, full of action and angst watching as Jack's life falls apart. There are twists and turns leading to an OMG ending that seemed to come out of nowhere. Many thanks the to the author / Oceanview Publishing / Edelweiss for the advanced digital copy of this psychological thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Start spreading the news. The King of New York City Noir, and two-time winner of the Anthony Award, Jason Starr, has written a gripping, can't stop reading, thrill ride of a crime novel, entitled Fugitive Red. The novel is being published this November. Fugitive Red is a searing account of what can happen when love on the internet turns deadly, the results turning real estate agent Jack Harper's job, marriage and life upside down, and inside out. The author's last novel, Savage Lane was a tense, wickedly mesmerizing read, and Fugitive Red continues Jason Starr's winning streak big time. After a tip from an old friend, Jack Harper checks out a extramarital dating app called Discreet Hookups, where Jack meets Sophia, know as Fugitive Red on the site, and the pair quickly become hot and heavy through hot text messages. Soon a meeting is planned at a NYC townhouse, with all sorts of sexy action planned for the evening. Jack arrives with high anticipation only to find the front door ajar, and up the stairs in the bedroom, not a willing partner, but a bloody, dead body of Sophia, with a red necktie twisted solidly around her neck. Jack, a recovering alcoholic, quick to blame others for his woes, becomes the number one suspect in the murder, and from the start he continues to lie, making one mistake after another, finding himself in over his head, the cops closing in, and on the run through the subways and streets of New York. Soon more deaths occur, and just when the reader thinks it cannot get any worse, it does. This is a grand page turner from Mr. Starr. It never left my reach until I finished it. It wallops the reader at the end with a knock-out of a satisfying last sentence that takes the breath away.