Thursday, September 16, 2010


"Much later, as he sat with his back against an inside wall of a Motel 6 just north of Phoenix, watching the pool of blood lap toward him, Driver would wonder whether he had made a terrible mistake. Later still, there would be no doubt."

So begins Drive, by James Sallis, an extremely lean neo-noir story about a professional driver (named Driver – it’s a pseudonym rather than a Pilgrim’s Progress sort of name) who is forced to take extreme action when a robbery goes very wrong. Driver finds himself on the run from organized crime as well as the police.

Very much recommended, Drive is actually a novella rather than a full novel. Sallis is also a published poet, and has a gift for language. If noir is to your tastes, and the opening sentences grab you, you should check it out.

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