REVIEW: SAVAGE LANE by Jason Starr

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”JASON STARR’S SAVAGE LANE IS A BEAUTIFUL-UGLY, CHARACTER-RICH AND MULTI-LAYERED EXPLOSION OF MIDDLE CLASS SUBURBAN PARANOIAS…” – Bristol Noir

 

I opened the Hitchcock-esque cover of JASON STARR’S book, stylishly produced by NO EXIT PRESS, and found a receipt from the previous person who had had a go at reading it.

It was left in page 25; so deduced they’d had tried and then given up.

The receipt:
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1 Pint of milk
1 Pork Pie 
1 copy of the Daily Mail newspaper
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I could forgive them the milk – not the pie (as I’m Vege-ish). And,  certainly not the Daily Mail. Although… I was confused that a Daily Mail reader had enough taste to pick it up in the first place. I quickly concluded this book must have been a gift from a more free thinking sibling, relative or had simply fallen in their bag as they shopped. Or, maybe someone slipped it in whilst they were distracted by an exclusive Farage on Clarkson sex exposé calling to them from another shelf?

After thinking on the receipt I knew I was going to get way past where my predecessor had left their mark… and I did. It had me well and truly hooked.

I read it to the end with all the time I could magic-up around my day job, writing myself and that left over by a one year old daughter who seems to think sleep is something she needs to grow into in a year or two.

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SAVAGE LANE is exciting; a soup of relationships, paranoia and seedy complications all building and overlapping – you can feel it going bad – someone’s going down – or all of them are.

‘It felt designed for me to want them to suffer somehow, so I relished it when they did.’Bristol Noir

The tension is beautifully played out and built-up… making it un-put-downable, as the situations get more fraught and ugly between all the characters.

This is the one of the first Noir books of this type I’ve read; less the P.I., grift or cliched femme fetale. And, I really loved it; imagining David Lynch type set pieces throughout with white picket fences, a suburban district gone bad and a dark weirdness going on behind behind twitching curtains. The badness flows down Savage Lane… all ready to blow up and out at you as read it. And this is the main theme or aesthetic I really liked and loved; making a simple character play (as did the original Twin Peaks) that can suck the most average of soap addict in then increase it, hitting them with more and more depth unto the glorious subversive end – by which time it’s too late to jump ship and get out.

Beautifully done Jason Starr on Savage Lane. Or, as I nicknamed it when giving my copy to a friend: ‘STALKER-VILLE / CRAZY-FEST’.

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”A character rich, ugly-beautiful multi-layered explosion of suburban middle class paranoia – so ace I ordered my next fix straight away: ‘Cold Caller’ – I can’t wait!” Bristol Noir

Cold Caller by Jason Starr (also featuring Freddie the Cat)
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