Once a rising VP at a topflight ad agency, Bill Moss now works as a cold caller at a telemarketing firm in the Times Square area. He's got a bad case of the urban blues, and when a pink slip rather than a promotion comes through, Bill snaps....
Now he's got a dead supervisor on his hands and problems no career counselor can help him with.
Jason Starr, author of Cold Caller, Nothing Personal, Fake I.D., Hard Feelings and Tough Luck, was born in Brooklyn in 1966 and still lives in New York City. After completing a degree in economics at Binghampton University, Starr has concentrated on his classic noir crime fiction, which has been compared to the work of James Cain and Jim Thompson.
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"Jason Starr's got a hip style and an ear for crackling dialogue...characters so real we feel we know them." (Jeffery Deaver)
"Starr once again shows a real gift for satiric humor and capturing the contemporary New York scene." (Publishers Weekly on The Pack)
A sentence of life by Julian Gloag. Although very different in approach, both reveal the shifting viewpoints and gradual internal disintegration of the main protagonist
The ending, as it was unexpected
I bought this book on a whim with no expectations and am so glad that I did. Told from the perspective of the failed and disheartened advertising executive, the story firmly established the main characters before sliding into extremes, carrying the reader/listener along with events plausibly. The text was well written and the dialogue plausible, unstilted.
The narrator, Christopher Ragland, was perfect both capturing the voice of the main protagonist exactly as I would have imagined it, and clearly differentiating those of others in dialogue.
I recommend it if character, rather than constant action, is a main voice criterion.
Something About Myself
It held my attention so I guess I would. The maid character is a bit of a “Jerk” to coin the American phrase but for all that he was a prat I found that I wanted to see what he would do next.
The Narration was solid enough.
It was kind of a diet version of “American Psycho”. Warning there is some clunky dialogue that had me cringing at times. I did enjoy it but I am still not 100% sure why…. Well it was a special offer so not like I lost much for £1.99
This was my first time
He did better at narrating the other characters
I should have sent it back But gritted my teeth and finished it
I've not read the print version so I can't comment
The lead character was not likeable but he was complex and intriguing
The emotion and depth to the dialogue
Don't hang up
Cold caller is not a roller coaster yarn, the story is just interesting enough. I would not describe any of the characters as sympathetic, yet Jason Starr creates a good sense of atmosphere.
The slow build-up and the gentle introduction of new characters creates a rather believable world in which extreme events seem almost ordinary.
Christopher Ragland navigates the dialogue very well. The characters are nicely differentiated and I have have since bought books by other authors based on the skill of this excellent narrator.
Poor characterisation, thin plot. Unsatisfying ending. Wish I hadn't bothered. Perhaps it suffered in comparison to the excellent Harry Bosch novel I listened to immediately before.
I am a care assistant supporting people in their homes within the community. I have recently begun making my own flowers out of paper.
....... I liked it very much. A very good read indeed. A compelling story. It was all fantastic..... especially the twist at the end
Great narration and had me gripped from beginning to end. Lots of black humour despite the subject matter!
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