"A fearless young talent to keep your eye on."
"Always a witty and astute social observer, Jake Lamar illuminates the interaction of French locals with Americans abroad, some of them on the lam, in a suspenseful and funny thriller set in the seamy, particularly fascinating Eighteenth Arrondissement of Paris."
--Diane Johnson, author of Le Divorce, Le Mariage, and L'Affaire, on Rendezvous Eighteenth
"The author casts a tough, critical eye on his cast of mostly black middle-class expatriate Americans, whose interactions he so deftly depicts....Mainstream readers fond of Paris should feel fully satisfied."
--Publishers Weekly on Rendezvous Eighteenth
--The Miami Herald on Rendezvous Eighteenth
"This one is a gem not just for its plotting but for the extremely likable character of Jenks, who lives in a world of perpetual perplexity where music is the only thing he understands well. Mr. Lamar's love of Paris and his understanding of its ways add to the delight."
--The Washington Times on Rendezvous Eighteenth
"A first-class story...Jake Lamar delivers a compelling and unique look at the stranger-in-a-strange-land theme....An intriguing tale of alienation and the search for identity."
--Sun-Sentinel (Florida) on Rendezvous Eighteenth
"A page-turner of a murder mystery with a clear, breezy style. The book is also a wicked black comedy in both senses of the phrase---it's both caustically funny and a shrewd take on racial politics."
--The New York Times Book Review on If 6 Were 9
"Maybe he's feeling the shade of the great Chester Himes, because this novel has wit and sparkle, to say nothing of fabulous characters."
--The Globe and Mail (Toronto) on If 6 Were 9
"Lamar is a skilled tactician....The situations and relationships are believable and sharp."
--The Washington Post Book World on Close to the Bone
"Lamar skillfully weaves the romantic with the political, and the personal with the societal."
--Mademoiselle on Close to the Bone