Hard Feelings

Hard Feelings

by Jason Starr
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Hard Feelings 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Kiki-Travels More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

Harriet Klausner