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  • Hardcover: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (Sept. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590581814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590581810
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.8 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #640,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. I drive. That's what I do. All I do." So declares the enigmatic Driver in this masterfully convoluted neo-noir, which ranges from the dive bars and flyblown motels of Los Angeles to seedy strip malls dotting the Arizona desert. A stunt driver for movies, Driver finds more excitement as a wheelman during robberies, but when a heist goes sour, a contract is put on his head and his survival skills burn up the pavement. Author of the popular six-novel series set in New Orleans featuring detective Lew Griffin (The Long-Legged Fly, etc.) and such stand-alone crime novels as Cypress Grove, Sallis won't disappoint fans who enjoy his usual quirky literary stylings. Reading a crime paperback, Driver covers "a few more lines till he fetched up on the word desuetude. What the hell kind of word was that?" Lines such as "Time went by, which is what time does, what it is" provide the perfect existential touch. In this short novel, expanded from his story in Dennis McMillan's monumental anthology Measures of Poison, Sallis gives us his most tightly written mystery to date, worthy of comparison to the compact, exciting oeuvre of French noir giant Jean-Patrick Manchette.
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*Starred Review* Sallis has a bloodhound's nose for noir. Whether in the celebrated Lew Griffin novels or in his several stand-alones, his characters are always trapped--trapped by their inability to effect change in a malign world, trapped by their own character flaws, trapped by the wrong girl, trapped by walking into the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes they know they're trapped, and sometimes they are the last ones to know, but Sallis always knows; he can smell it in their pores, and he makes us smell it, too. So it is with Driver, the antihero of this quintessential noir novella about a loner with a passion for driving fast cars. He's a Hollywood stunt driver by day and a getaway car driver by night, but he has no interest in either movies or crime: he just wants to drive. Life won't let him, of course, and eventually he figures that out, as he sits in a Motel 6 near Phoenix, "watching the pool of blood lap toward him." Sallis shows us how he got there in one crisply written, spot-on scene after another. At one point, near the end of the book, Driver reflects that we neither choose our lives nor have them thrust at us. Instead, "they're forever seeping up under our feet." You won't find a better definition of the noir worldview than that, and you won't find a more textbook example of how to express that view in fiction than in this hypnotic little story about driving circles around your life. Bill Ott
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Awesome book. Good story, amazingly written and told. A bit too short, but that's what makes it special.

A good book for everyone that enjoyed the movie.
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By cassysweetheart on Nov. 25 2011
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This book, like the movie, has kept me wanting more! Its not a long story, but in the first 2 paragraphs will have you hooked!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria Casacalenda TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2015
Format: Hardcover
Another one of those books that I wanted to love, but just couldn't get into. Drive is a very easy read, at 158 pages and large type, so at least I wasn't reading something I wasn't enjoying for a super long time.

I bought this book after seeing the movie and didn't get around to reading it until now. The book was more confusing than the movie that's for sure. It kept jumping from time frame to time frame and it gave no warning like a date or anything so the reader doesn't even realize that the time period has changed until a couple of sentences into the chapter.

There were so many random characters that were barely decribed other than their names and it was hard to keep track of who was who, who was good, who was bad etc.

I feel like for once I might like a movie better than the book, although that may be unfair considering a lot was changed.

At least the movie tie in edition has a pretty cover?
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By clayton leonard on Dec 4 2014
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Great shape. Like new.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GreenPlantern on Feb. 5 2012
Format: Paperback
Currently halfway through the book, and it's been page after page of garbage. Run-on sentences, clumsy metaphors, pages of narration that tries too hard to be clever and just winds up being tedious and boring, followed by important points that just get glossed over. It's the kind of book that devotes two hundred words to what someone has for lunch, but skips over the getaway from a pawn shop robbery with "they barely got away." One chapter takes place from the perspective of a different character, but doesn't let on that we're not following the main character until halfway through -- we're back to the main guy in the next chapter, with no clear indication of the switch. It contains some of the worst descriptions I've ever read. I have no idea why people enjoyed this book, and can only assume they haven't read a lot of books for comparison.
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