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DARK STAR - EDITORIAL REVIEW




REVIEW:
James David Deacon Jones, a sensitive, tortured genius, knew his life was less than perfect. It had always been a journey of hope defeated by disappointment, good intentions overcome by darkness, and friendship ruined by mistrust.
During his first eighteen years, Deacon's overbearing father, the Reverend, Mr. Jones, ruled him with an iron hand and an open Bible. Deacon escaped his father and made his own way for ten exceptionally good years. He was successful in business and with a few exceptions, in life. Finally, at twenty-eight years of age, he thought he was happy, at least until an unseen source distorted his understanding of happiness. Everything changed when unsolicited religious propaganda began to arrive in the mail. Haunted by horrific nightmares, he began to drink to excess and watched his fragile contentment rapidly slip away.
Shortly thereafter, Estrella Star del Rio, seemingly the best thing that had ever happened to him, suddenly appeared. With her came a series of tragic events that drove Deacon ever closer to the brink of despair. He suffered black outs during which murders occurred that only he could have committed. He doubted himself, blamed himself, and with the help of his best friend, Doc, and the love of his life, Star, he struggled to learn the truth while secretly planning to end his own life. He went into hiding and quickly realized the only way to uncover the truth required that he step back into his own sordid past and dredge up memories that he preferred stay buried.
The murders began nearly a decade earlier in California. A pimp and a hooker died one day apart; their cause of death was identical. In the spring of Deacon's final demise, another pimp was murdered on the riverfront in St. Louis, Missouri. His corpse was bisected like something from the Old Testament. A few months after that, three women were murdered. The St. Louis Major Case Squad had only one suspect, James David Jones.
Estrella del Rio, a highly intelligent, innocent child, was the daughter of a dead American and a Mexican whore. When she was fourteen, her coarse, money-hungry mother orchestrated her loss of innocence. Her reward was a lone morsel of dark chocolate. The un-embodied psyche, who called herself Star, arrived during the deflowering, took control, and became the second of three personalities to inhabit Estrella's single physical presence. Star showed Estrella how to exact revenge for her loss of happiness. She murdered her mother and their shared pimp, without a shred of remorse. As she felt their source of life ebb away, a new feeling of Godlike power coursed through her veins, but it was not enough.
Star found Deacon in St. Louis on the road to his recovery. His friends had dried him out and set him to mend. She intricately threaded herself into his life and immediately began to control his destiny. The murders were necessary to implicate Deacon in everyone's eyes, including his own. The nightmares were necessary to distort his reality. The drugs were essential to the planting of memories. Through her madness, she carefully executed each detail and gradually drove him into an insufferable maelstrom. She made only one mistake. She miscalculated Deacon's strength of heart. Star meant to make him want her. She never imagined that he would want her so much that he would do anything to protect her. Their tangible, emotional connection and his undying love began to work against her. Finally, on the last day, Star revealed to him a devastating family secret that would change his life forever. A secret that caused Deacon Jones to remember things he never knew.
Star saw Deacon as weak, but she was wrong. Only he possessed the power to beat her at her own hellish plan...



 

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