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Mauvais Karma

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  221 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Richie Segal, 34 ans, est un commercial dont l'avenir s'annonçait prometteur. Mais depuis peu ses résultats sont en baisse et il ne supporte plus la pression à son travail. Il commence à boire et se montre jaloux avec sa compagne Paula dont la carrière est en pleine expansion. Un jour, il croit reconnaître dans la foule le visage d'un homme qui l'aurait violé étant enfant. ...more
223 pages
Published March 11th 2004 by Éd. du Rocher (first published 2002)
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Paul Bryant

What I don’t like is when I find the first chapter of the author’s next book added on to the end of the book I’m reading, like a free download or like junk mail. You don’t see Marcel Proust or Margaret Atwood doing that. It’s really not classy.

What I do like is another tale of a guy coming apart at the seams as the pressure builds up and up and UP. We’ve seen it many times before, in movies like Fargo, Locke and Bad Lieutenant, and in novels like Casino Moon, Bonfire of the Vanities and What I L
Aug 12, 2016 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
SETTING: New York City
RATING: 3.25
WHY: Richie Segal was a successful salesman who changed jobs and hasn't made a sale in months. He's drinking again, but his problems really start when he accidentally sees his childhood abuser, Michael Rudnick, on the street. He rapidly spirals out of control, assaulting Rudnick and wrecking his marriage. Every page brings more disaster. It's like watching 2 trains rushing toward each other--no matter how horrible you know it's going to
Ed Armstrong
Mar 15, 2010 Ed Armstrong rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Richard Segal was a successful network system salesman and consultant who changed jobs and, overnight, became not so successful, successful and....well that's the story. He's married to Paula, a rising star with a Wall Street investment research firm who "has a past." Richard struggles with his alcohol addiction and, apparently, Paula struggles with a sex addiction. The couple argues frequently and the arguments inevitably involve their addictions. Jason Starr writes about middle class people li ...more
falls einem die welt wieder einmal unsagbar ungerecht vorkommt ist dieses buch ein gutes gegenmittel. der unsympathler in der hauptrolle bekommt was er verdient. und wieder eine gescheiterte biographie mehr die starr hier knochentrocken in szene setzt. bei meinem dritten buch von starr hab ich allerdings dann doch das gefühl dass der gute jason nur einen charakter beschreibt, nicht mehrere...aber noch werfe ich ihm das nicht vor, dazu schreibt er einfach zu unterhaltsam. aufzeichnungen aus dem b ...more
Manuel Antão
Jun 08, 2016 Manuel Antão rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


My first Jason Starr. I'm reading this novel in tandem with "Light's Out" and I sense a running theme.

I'm always a sucker for novels with amoral characters, or unsatisfying endings. This one has plenty of that. Richard Segal looks like a normal guy in every sense of the word. He doesnât manifest any overt psychological abnormalities if his life. At the beginning everything is running smoothly, but when problems arose, he reverted to his primal state of psychopathology.

Starr likes to draw his cha
Sep 18, 2013 Delia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Hard Feelings" is the second Jason Starr novel I've read this month, and I am officially a major fan. I read this book in a single evening, and I can't remember the last time I've done that. The writing is straightforward and stripped down, never coy, overbearing, or enamored with itself. There is a lot of dark humor here, especially in the scenes of Richard struggling to thrive in his cut-throat sales job. It's painful, yet riveting to watch Richard unravel.
Nov 19, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cannot understand why this one doesn't have a higher score and more ratings - thought it was great and almost a 5 star read for me (take half a star off for not quite being believable). Descriptions of corporate life and dialogue with his wife all seemed very authentic and there were a couple of unexpected twists and what I thought was a great ending. Will definitely track down more by this author.
Jordan McPeek
Nov 18, 2012 Jordan McPeek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, box-7
Average guy with few friends makes one bad decision after another, alienating himself even more. It all snowballs until it explodes in a spectacular ending. You feel for the guy, shouting at him as he takes the wrong fork in the road yet again. As a reader, you see what's happening, hear the self-rationalization, yet are helpless to stop it. And that's what makes this such a compelling read. I've complained about books where too much time is spent on day-to-day lives of main characters, and not ...more
Jul 30, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime Fiction Fans
Crime Fiction

Richie Segal is going through a rough patch in his life. He's a computer network salesman, and his recent job change has seen him hit a terrible sales slump. His wife, Paula, is an MBA with a new promotion. Richie and Paula are arguing alot, and are $20,000 in debt thanks to credit cards.

Richie is seeking relief in alcohol, but that just makes everything worse.

One day at lunch Richie sees Michael Rudnick, who as a teenager bullied Richie. As memories return, Richie gets angrier and
Jun 04, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: badass
I love Jason Starr. I'm a super-fan!! Anything he's written that I haven't read is a must-read at this point.
Roger Cottrell
Oct 20, 2008 Roger Cottrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best American crime writer operating today and this is one of his best books. You really feel that you know the seamy underside of Brooklyn or Queens when you've read a Jason Starr novel. As an admirer of the kitchen sink novels e.g. of Alan Sillitoe and Ted Lewis (as well as the crime thriller genre) and committed to fusing the two in my own work, I really like the fact that Starr's characters are usually disempowered nobodies who inhabit the real world. I've also met Jason and he's a reall ...more
Kiri Mccurdy
It was readable but shallow. It went nowhere fr a vague self piteous start
Jun 17, 2014 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually more like 4.5 stars. This book really held my interest.
A novel about a perpetual loser could be a dreary read, but the author uses the promise of redemption to keep the reader interested. A good read.
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Richie Segal’s life is a mess. He has $20,000 in credit card debt, his new boss is pressuring him, his wife is probably having an affair, and he is a recovering alcoholic fighting the lure of the bottle. When Richie spots the man who abused him as a kid, troubling memories send him over the edge and he decides to seek revenge. How does it all work out? Let’s put it this way: his life gets a lot messier. Fans of the noir fiction of Jim Thompson and David Goodis are likely to enjoy the books of Ja ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
This is the noir equivalent of the trashy romance novel. There's nothing groundbreaking here. The characters are ok. You can see the ending coming a mile away unless you are totally not paying attention. But that's cool with me. Sometimes you need a piece of noir fluff that you can just breeze through without overthinking.
Mar 22, 2010 Alecia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this noir novel. I am actually giving it 3.5 stars for the sheer cringe-worthy enjoyment of reading this. You know Richard Segal's tale will end badly and it does. But the narrator's voice is an easy, "rational" one and takes the reader through his downward slide with authority.
Feb 08, 2008 Doug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun enough book that pulls you along - about a falling apart type life. Bit of crime, workplace hi-jinks, and relationship terrors combined. Didn't think the wife was entirely realistic. The author works with Ken Bruen on some noir pulp.
The book was OK, then the last 100 pages flew by, it had gotten that interesting. Pretty good read, short.
Feb 05, 2008 C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Starr book. Worthy of comparison to Jim Thompson. Genius.
Mar 15, 2010 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This twisty plot sounds familiar to me. I'm sure I've read it.
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