Jason Starr was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1966. He worked as a dishwasher, telemarketer, financial reporter, publishing assistant and computer networking salesperson before publishing his first novel in 1997.
Starr is the author of many international bestselling crime novels, set mainly in the New York City area and his work has been published in over a dozen languages. He has been nominated for numerous crime fiction awards and in 2004 he won the Barry Award for Tough Luck, and in 2005 he won the Anthony Award for Twisted City.
Starr has co-written three darkly comic crime novels with Irish novelist Ken Bruen - Bust, Slide, and The Max - and co-edited the collection Bloodlines: An Anthology of Horse Racing, which includes stories by Jane Smiley, Laura Hillenbrand, Daniel Woodrell and Jonathon Ames.
Starr also writes comics and graphic novels. His 2010 original graphic novel, The Chill, was a Diamond Top Ten Bestseller and was featured on Entertainment Weekly's Must List. His work in comics has included characters such as Doc Savage, The Avenger, The Sandman, The Punisher, and Batman.
Starr lives in Manhattan.