Drive: A Novel (Paperback)

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Drive: A Novel (Paperback)


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"Drive is full of sly humor, poetic details and plenty of rude violence...The novel is a terrific ride." Los Angeles Times

I drive. That's what I do. All I do.

Originally written in 2005, Drive by James Sallis is the inspiration for the iconic 2011 film starring Ryan Gosling in the role of the man known only as 'Driver', a Hollywood stunt driver by day and a getaway driver by night.

The gritty back streets of Los Angeles are the backdrop for what the New York Times calls "a perfect piece of noir fiction" in which the Driver is double-crossed in a burglary gone horribly wrong.

This beautiful new edition introduces a noir classic to a new generation of readers, featuring added materials, including a reading group guide and author Q&A.

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.

Product Details ISBN: 9781728255774
ISBN-10: 1728255775
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: September 20th, 2022
Pages: 160
Language: English
"Drive is full of sly humor, poetic details and plenty of rude violence...The novel is a terrific ride." — Los Angeles Times

"A perfect piece of noir fiction." — New York Times

"Sallis's lean mystery and flat-voiced prose are refreshing, even startling. A lovely piece of work." — Washington Post

"One stark and stunning tale of murder, treachery, and deceit . . . [Drive] packs a wallop." — Boston Globe

"Imagine the heart of Jim Thompson beating in the poetic chest of James Sallis and you'll have some idea of the beauty, sadness and power of Drive...[It] has more thought, feeling and murderous energy than books twice its length" — Chicago Tribune

"Sallis' riveting novella reads the way a Tarantino or Soderbergh neo-noir plays, artfully weaving through Driver's haunted memory and fueled by confident storytelling and keen observations about moviemaking, low-life living, and, yes, driving. Short and not so sweet, Drive is one lean, mean, masterful machine. " — Entertainment Weekly