Jason Starr
June 2022
ISBN: 978-1-78909-951-5
Cover art by Claudia Caranfa

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Steven Blitz didn’t think about his own safety when he saw the man trying to force a woman into his car. He stepped in to defend her, and got a knife to the gut for his troubles.

But when he wakes up in the hospital from what should have been a fatal wound, he finds the whole world changed—a different president in the White House, a loving family when he’d been on the verge of divorce, more money in the bank than he’s ever seen. There’s a dark side, though: in this world, Steven Blitz is not a good man. And now he’s got to get himself out of serious trouble without even knowing what it is he’s done wrong.

A paranoid thriller in the mind-bending tradition of Philip K. Dick and The Twilight Zone, THE NEXT TIME I DIE will draw you into its claustrophobic web of suspense and leave you questioning everything you think you know.

  • First publication anywhere!
  • Extraordinary suspense from the award-winning author, celebrating his 25th year in publishing
  • One of Hard Case Crime’s rare forays into the realm of the fantastical, previously reserved only for Stephen King, Michael Crichton and Ray Bradbury
  • Ian Rankin on THE NEXT TIME I DIE: "So fresh and clever and compelling. I don’t know when I last turned pages so quickly."
  • Bret Easton Ellis on THE NEXT TIME I DIE: "I really don’t know how Jason Starr does it: I start out thinking I’m only going to read a chapter and an hour later I’m on page eighty. Every book has a hook and Starr rolls it out effortlessly."
  • Joe Hill on THE NEXT TIME I DIE: "A paranoid noir freakout playing its own one-of-a-kind game...and a shameless page-turner."
  • Wallace Stroby on THE NEXT TIME I DIE: "An audacious mindbender of a novel. A high-octane cocktail of infidelity, murder and alternate realities, served up straight from the Twilight Zone."
  • Alison Gaylin on THE NEXT TIME I DIE: "Completely enthralling. THE NEXT TIME I DIE is sharp, super-suspenseful and impossible to put down."
  • Booklist on THE NEXT TIME I DIE: "Mind-bending, genre-blending...the story is dark, twisted, funny, frightening, and—in a strange way—uplifting."
  • Ed Brubaker on THE NEXT TIME I DIE: "It might be my favorite of his books ever. I read it in one day and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Highly recommended."
  • Ray Garton on THE NEXT TIME I DIE: "Jason Starr is one of the sharpest, most entertaining writers of crime fiction working today, and this book will bend your brain. Strongly recommended."

Acclaim for Jason Starr...

"Jason Starr is hypnotically good...some of the best new writing there is."
Lee Child

"Jason Starr is the leader of the new noir movement."
George Pelecanos

"Jason Starr is the first writer of his generation to convincingly update the modern crime novel by giving it provocative new spins."
Bret Easton Ellis

"You can’t stop reading."