I've been a big of fan of Jason Starr for about a decade now. To my mind, he's one of the smartest, most compelling crime writers of the last quarter century. His books HARD FEELINGS and TWISTED CITY, in particular, have had a huge influence on me. (The day I found out that my publisher had talked Starr into reading my first novel and that he had liked it enough to blurb it for me...well, that was one of my best days as a writer.)
The writer Mike Monson has a great interview with Starr up at his website. Check it out here.