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One of the Best Books of 2015 —Bookreporter

Savage Lane is a wickedly smart and twisted look at suburbia - a tense thriller and searing satire.”
—Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Cartel

"Who but Jason Starr could render suburban vice pitch black, sneakily endearing and wickedly funny all at once? Like James M. Cain meets Tom Perrotta, Savage Lane shows, in grand style, how twisted the hearts of All-American families can be, and how those picket white fences can be dangerously sharp.”
—Megan Abbott, Edgar Award-winning author of The Fever

"SAVAGE LANE is a next-level kind of crime novel. The kind of book that gets in your head and stays there for a long time, and makes you look at yourself and everyone else differently. "
—Ed Brubaker, Eisner Award winning author

"One of the best books of 2015, and Starr is one of the greatest writers now working in the United States. Reminiscent of Rick Moody’s THE ICE STORM and Tom Perrotta’s LITTLE CHILDREN, SAVAGE LANE is a novel of our lives and times that is a must-read on multiple levels." —Bookreporter

"(Starr) casts a dark light on the mundane in this satirical and chilling portrait of a very bent side of suburbia." — Booklist

"A surfeit of toxic behavior surrounds the aptly named Savage Lane...Starr has some startling plot twists up his sleeve." —Publishers Weekly

"(A) deadly tale of dysfunctional people living on a cul-de-sac in an upscale suburb...mix two distrustful teenage daughters, a psychopathic killer and a likable gay detective, and you get a fun, trashy domestic thriller." —Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"A fantastic thriller that makes the reader face hard questions of fantasy versus reality, SAVAGE LANE is one of the best books I’ve read all year." —CrimeSpree Magazine

"A thrilling noir that offers up a searing satire of a declining marriage, suburban life, and obsessive love."
—Criminal Element

Named one of PopSugar's Best Fall Reads!


Jason Starr is one of the most critically-acclaimed writers working today, and in Savage Lane he has crafted a searing tale of suspense that proves the adage: Love thy neighbor, but don't pull down your hedge.

Karen Daily, recently divorced, lives with her two kids in a
quaint suburb of New York City. She’s teaching at a nearby elementary school, starting to date again, and for the first time in years has found joy in her life. Mark Berman, Karen’s friend and neighbor, wants out of his unhappy marriage, and so does his wife, Deb, but they have stayed together for the sake of their children.

Unbeknownst to Karen, while Mark’s marriage has deteriorated his obsession with her has grown. And as Mark’s rich fantasy life takes on a more sinister edge, rumors begin to spread about Karen and a bigger secret is uncovered. And soon Karen finds that Mark is not the only one who has taken an undesired interest in her…

Jason Starr is one of our most accomplished writers of the darkness that lies within the human heart, and Savage Lane is his both riveting and intimate novel yet—a dark, domestic thriller and an honest, searing satire of a declining marriage, suburban life, and obsessive love.

Publication Date: October 13th, 2015
$25.95/$32.50 CAN
Hardcover • 6" x 9" • 336 pages
ISBN: 978-1-940610-64-1 • eISBN: 978-1-940610-65-8
Rights: North America, audio