Jason Starr: Cold Caller

Very little f the genre I wasn t sure uite what to expect Whilst I am not sure that I enjoyed the novel Bec (The Demonata, or would recommend it I certainly couldn t stop reading and that certainly says something Why Firstly due to how bizarre it seemed and secondly due to the wryly amusing serial lying and immoral protagonist whose first person narrative makes him strangely easy to empathise withBill Moss is in his early thirties and should have been somebody in the worldf advertising up until losing his job as a VP The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins of marketing at a major New York agency two years earlier Taking a job as a cold caller at a telemarketing firm wasnly supposed to be a temporary stopgap and despite his aptitude for the job he considers it well beneath him Unfulfilled and fed up renting a cramped apartment with Julie the whining girlfriend who is holding him back a disastrous commute and the petty bureaucracy f his line manager sees him snap But when the unexpected upshot results in being promoted to the assistant to the fficious telemarketing manager Bill is in no doubt that his time has come and is already dreaming f his swift return to his ld career But Bill smart and well educated with an MBA has big plans and when his fat headed manger Ed O Brien throws a spanner in the works he succumbs to his fury and starts to take ut anything standing in his wayBill is the ultimate unreliable narrator and very economical with the truth even to himself A deluded egotist with an iceberg size chip f his shoulder his narrative withholds the reason he lost his job and portrays those that surround him through his Our Planet: Our Home own very biased perspective There is littlebjective about his make up and his belief that he is right is unfailing with those that disagree either simply stupid Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 or jealousf his talent However his dedication to his work cannot be faulted and terms f productivity and hours worked his record after promotion is stellarWhilst I wouldn t particularly categorise the book as a thriller given there is nothing too surprising about Bill s downward spiral as his lies half heartedly makes an effort to cover up his crime. Rea He's got a bad case f the urban blues Still he's good at his work and he thinks about to be promoted when ut f the blue he's fi.

Cold Caller Dark White Collar NoirCold Caller by Jason Starr has been dubbed white collar noir and having read and enjoyed his short thriller it is easy to see why it has attracted that tag Cold Caller gets darker the you read and the you read the easier it is to identify with Bill Moss If you have ever worked in a call centre those soul destroying places that are the modern satanic mills then you will close I always knew that telemarketers were sociopaths I knew it I knew it I knew it This is Starr s first novel At times the prose struck me as either verly mannered r verly amateurish but verall he turns in a great performance updating the conventions f the classic noir tale to familiar and believable contemporary NYC surroundings The ending is a surprise but also the nly possible and fitting conclusion This ne makes me want to read Starr Jason Starr is the kind f solid dependable thriller writer i can get behind Kinda trashy but deceptively astute incredibly well plotted sharp funny and really dark In this A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) one you re not exactly rooting for the character he s a scumbucket but there s something about him that you sympathise with It s a neat trick and his slow moral descent is pretty funny and frighteningly realistic Not sure if it jumped the shark at the end A total page turner though The book that launched Jason Starr s career and the book that got me hookednto his dark crime noir style f writingAll his protagonists are creepy devious and evil Yet you can t seem to avoid rooting for them to get ut f their predicamentsThe closest author I can think f who most resembles his works and characters is Patricia Highsmith and her famous Talented Mr Tom Ripley character COLD CALLER is In the End onef those books that gets better the times I read itThe dialogue is crisp clever and portrays the mindset f lead character Bill in perfect clarity From his deluded tho Darkly comic take f a deluded egotist making some very bad decisions highly readableCold Caller is Jason Starr s 1997 debut and is classified as American noir specifically hard boiled white collar noir and having read. Once Bill Moss was a rising VP at a topflight ad agency but now he works as a cold caller at a telemarketing firm in the Times Suare

S and deals with the unforeseen conseuences it is undoubtedly a compelling ride Although it takes until the half way mark for Bill to actually despatch his boss the build up to it is hugely entertaining as from the get go he is a loose canon heading towards a disaster given the size f his ego and lack f conscienceIn parts the story reminded me f a calmer and less gratuitous version n American Psycho whilst at thers I struggled to follow the protagonists random chain f thought which saw him incensed by the petty bureaucracy f his telemarketing job at ne moment to fantasising about prostitutes the next I did feel that Bill s relationship with Julie a needy embarrassment to women everywhere added little to the story and was noticeably less tense than any The Age of Treachery of the time he spent in the workplaceThe ending is near perfect and a satisfying resolution to a short slick and blackly comic novel and Cold Caller is an atmospheric and crazy look at a telemarketer releasing his frustrations in the most extremef ways A short novel f cynical suspense that leaves a lasting impression and the memory f an unforgettable character whose engaging narrative makes him The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy oddly likeableSo whilst I wouldn t actively seekut any Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite of this authors books I would definitely read another it if thepportunity arose The plot is easy to followand narrative crisp and clearbut sorry something is missing for meProbably I have a deja vu feeling that I ve read this kind beforeReading it again may give me a different impression I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller Cold Caller was fast paced had dark humour and felt like a bit Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) of a tame versionf American Psycho at times This was really easy to listen to in audiobook format and I found myself taking it around the house with me all day as I couldn t stop listening to itI borrowed this through Kindle Unlimited Jason Starr s first novel is short dark unsettling and awkwardly funny Bill Moss has big plans for getting his career back n track and no ne is going to get in his way So what if he has to murder a few people They are really in the way and totes deserve it. Red So Bill snaps and the next thing he knows he has a dead supervisor n his hands and problems no career counselor can help him with.

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