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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241956692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241956694
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 999,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 is hypnotically good (Lee Child )

The ultimate page turner (Michael Connelly )

Manhattan receives a lustrous varnish of black, black humor in this sly urban fantasy thriller...Starr once again shows a real gift for satiric humor and capturing the contemporary New York scene (Publishers Weekly )

About the Author

Jason Starr was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is the award-winning author of a number of acclaimed crime novels which have been international bestsellers. He now lives in Manhattan and is currently writing The Craving, the sequel to The Pack. Find out more at jasonstarr.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 April 2012
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Jason Starr is a new author on my radar although I know that he's written other books, something about the blurb for this one just grabbed me. Within this book is a story of self-discovery as the titles lead character Simon, learns to deal with the hardships that life throws at him when he loses his job. Its quirky, its amusing and what the author does really well for me, is bring the lead character to life in a personable way that made me want to spend time with him.

Add to this solid character interaction between the cast, some wonderful dialogue and personal relationship troubles that readers can relate to thrown in with a dash of the fantastical. All in a solid read and when you add good pace and decent prose into the mix, makes this a book that was a pure joy to read. Great stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Captain EO on 5 April 2013
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As a fan of the horror genre in general & in particular werewolves I read Starr's novel with interest & whilst I enjoyed it, I can't say I'd go back for more to either the Author or any forthcoming sequel.

It's a rather simple yet effective plot whereby a young husband & father has his "humdrum" life turned upside down when he falls in with a group of fathers who turn out to have a darker side & soon becomes a werewolf himself. The Author's biggest achievement is the manner in which he captures how something as fantastical as becoming a werewolf would effect a regular guy & the impact on his life. I found myself truly sympathising with the lead character in this respect & Starr genuinely hits many nerves in terms of things spiralling out of control with a marriage & fatherhood. This part of the book worked very, very well.

What didn't work quite as well for me was the rather stereotypical nature of everything else. The back cover sells a contemporary NYC with Manhattan apparently receiving a lustrous varnish of black humour - I can honestly confirm that my mouth didn't even begin to form a smile let alone a laugh & whilst this is no bad thing, do not be fooled into thinking Starr's writing is anything other than simply rooted in "crime". The book is indeed set in NYC however anyone could throw in a few meetings in Battery Park & jogging trips to & from Central Park. Again, not a huge criticism but it's very much NYC by Numbers.

Overall this was a decent read but it did plod at times & as stated previously felt very much like an average American crime writer turning his hand to the horror genre with good, but not great results.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Great White VINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2012
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So many books have been converted into movies and most have been bad. However every so often, a book slips under the radar that people don't know about or don't realise it's potential as a major motion picture. The pack is just one such book that should be considered for a new film. Don't not mistake this for the the films in 1977 or the film from 2011, because this is not a novel of those films. Books turned into movies don't always work, I felt that this was a rare gem because while i read it, i envisioned it as a movie. As it played out, I found it a tense thriller/horror During the book, it was apparent that this story was directed at the dad's o the world, wanting to prove a safe and secure enviroment for their kids. During the book, you the reader are gien a lott of moralistic judgements about what's riht and what's wrong. How far would you go to protect your loved ones? If you felt that you weren't getting justice for an infraction that was caused, what would you do to get that deserved justice? What would be your course of action to rectify that wrong? Would you fight or flee? Would that decision of action cost you and your family dearly? Could it even threaten your own life? These were questions that i found myself thinking about as i read this. Being a father myself, it felt like a familiar brand of irony and territory. it's a book with a moral to be heeded, be careful who you trust and be very careful who you become friends with, it could cause your downfall.

The pack is about a Dad who has a fall out with his boss and is unjustly fired from his job. While waited to pick his son up from the school playground, he meets a group of fathers with a sinister agenda who want to help him but at a very great cost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam VINE VOICE on 23 Sept. 2012
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Jason Starr has written a werewolf novel that, if it doesn't make you `howl' with laughter, will make you smile, because it is soaked in some delicious dark humour.
Our protagonist Simon Burns is an ad exec , family man and New Yorker. He's expecting promotion at the start of the novel, but is abruptly fired. This is an effective scene of urban torment and trauma that fuels the mood of urban paranoia and claustrophobia that this novel is steeped in, and for which it develops its own lycanthropic response. For Simon is about to experience a bizarre new freedom...
His sacking starts a chain of events. Frustrated as a stay at home Dad, he meets a trio of Alpha male Dads at a playground with his son, and is eventually invited to a gathering at their `leader's' (Michael) pad. Here he's invited to eat a lot of steak, given an unusual intoxicating beer, passes out, and comes too naked in the woods. He will soon discover his life has changed forever. He has somehow unlocked a store of seemingly unlimited energy and sexual and athletic prowess, and incredibly enhanced sensory powers. It's the urban fantasy stifled and fearful New Yorkers may dream of.
But it comes with a terrible price.
Starr's novel references and borrows happily from its genre, for example the humour and urban setting references "An American Werewolf in London," the office politics, theme of enhanced sensory abilities and again urban setting can be found in "Wolf," and the unlocking of energy, strength and sexual prowess through a weird infection ultimately leading to bizarre transformation can be found in "The Fly."
The scenes of wolf carnage are not frequent, apart from a welcome set of climactic battles in the end.
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