James Sallis has published fourteen novels, multiple collections of short stories, poems and essays, the definitive biography of Chester Himes, three books of musicology, and a translation of Raymond Queneau's novel Saint Glinglin. The film of Drive won Best Director award at Cannes; the six Lew Griffin books are in development. Jim plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and Dobro both solo and with the band Three-Legged Dog.
"The perfect piece of noir fiction."--Marilyn Stasio "New York
Times Book Review "
"More thought, feeling and murderous energy than books twice its length"--Chicago Tribune
"Terse, brutal, poetic, perfectly wrought." (starred review)--Publishers Weekly
"DRIVEN is a lean and nasty piece of neo-noir. I took my seat on page one and didn't get back up again until it ended (far too quickly.) Always a pleasure to be in the hands of a master like James Sallis."--Dennis Lehane, New York Times best-selling author
Sallis's slim sequel to his acclaimed Drive might at first glance seem like a prose poem or a children's book. With its close attention to telling detail and a vocabulary that rarely ranges beyond two-syllable words, it is a bit of both, mixed with interludes of extreme violence, in an angst-drenched Phoenix. That is to say that this novel is a close to perfectly executed noir. By the second paragraph, Driver sees his lover viciously shot dead at his side, and this causes him to set out to discover who is after him. The language is plain, the action is brutal, and the characters are memorably and briefly etched. Typical is this characterization of a suburban couple: "Sectional couch! Jell-O salad! Mashed potatoes! Lawrence Welk!" Charles Bukowski couldn't have said it better. VERDICT Coming hard on the heels of the 2011 film version of cult favorite Drive, this gritty, gristly tale will rivet Sallis's growing audience.-Bob Lunn, Kansas City, MO (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.