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ISBN: 9781842437247
Price: £9.99
Casing: Paperback
Format: B (198 x 129mm)
Extent: 192pp
Rights: UK & Commonwealth only, excl. Canada
Pub. Date: May 2012


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James Sallis

Jim Sallis has published fourteen novels, multiple collections of short stories, essays, and poems, books of musicology, a biography of Chester Himes, and a translation of Raymond Queneau's novel Saint Glinglin. He has written about books for the L.A. Times, New York Times, and Washington Post, and for some years served as a books columnist for the Boston Globe. In 2007 he received a lifetime achievement award from Bouchercon.

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film edition
by James Sallis


'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, of course, there'd be no doubt. But for now Driver is, as they say, in the moment. And the moment includes this blood lapping toward him, the pressure of dawn's late light at windows and door, traffic sounds from the interstate nearby, the sound of someone weeping in the next room....'

Thus begins Drive, a new novella by James Sallis. Set mostly in Arizona and L.A., the story is, according to Sallis, "...about a guy who does stunt driving for movies by day and drives for criminals at night. In classic noir fashion, he is double-crossed and, though before he has never participated in the violence ('I drive. That's all.'), he goes after the ones who doublecrossed and tried to kill him."


James Sallis is a superb writer
- The Times

Sublime, soulful, and essential
- Mike Stafford, Bookgeeks

If Camus wrote pulp, he'd read like Sallis
- Andrew Donaldson, Times South Africa

Sallis is a fastidious man, intelligent and widely read. There's nothing slapdash or merely strategic about his work ... peculiar and visionary.
- Iain Sinclair, London Review of Books

An immensely rewarding read
- Paul Kane, @JildySauce


Sallis creates vivid images in very few words and his taut, pared-down prose is distinctive and powerful. The result is a small masterpiece.
- Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph [read the full review]

Sallis's lean mystery and flat-voiced prose are refreshing, even startling. A lovely piece of work.
- Paul Skenasy, Washington Post Books World - Best Books of 2005

a minor masterpiece... minimalist, stylish, and all the more evocative for it. Essential noir existentialism.
- Maxim Jakubowski, The Guardian [read the full review]

James Sallis has written a perfect piece of noir fiction.
- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times [read the full review]

Full throttle getaway to the underworld
- Lesley McDowell, Independent on Sunday [read the full review]

Drive is a sublime read, its detached nature reeling you in from the very first page
- Marty Mulrooney, Alternative Magazine Online [read the full review]

If Camus had been at all interested in the crime or noir genre, then you could imagine he might produce something vaguely comparable to James Sallis’ novel Drive
- Spike Magazine, Declan Tan [read the full review]

A taut page-turner. Sallis' lean tale (158 pages) and flat-voiced prose are refreshing, even startling...It's a lovely piece of work that makes you wish some other writers would take lessons from him.
- Paul Skenazy, Washington Post [read the full review]

The novel is a terrific ride, and true to form, Sallis leaves us with an enigmatic teaser of an ending.
- Scott M Morris, Los Angeles Times [read the full review]

Fast cars, guns and babes. Just my cup of tea.
- Mark Timlin, Independent Online [read the full review]

Imagine the black 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
- Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune [read the full review]

- Cathy Staincliffe, Tangled Web [read the full review]

a compact, beautifully written little noir gem...
- Seattle Times [read the full review]

masterfully convoluted neo-noir, which ranges from the dive bars and flyblown motels of Los Angeles to seedy strip malls dotting the Arizona desert...
- Publshers Weekly [read the full review]


Little White Lies - The DRIVE issue

Drive Film Preview at BFI Sept 19th - Director Nicolas Winding Refn Q&A after

James Sallis' noir outlook in 'The Killer Is Dying' and 'Drive' (L A Times)

Production notes for Drive - the movie

Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling talk to the Guardian about Drive

Danish auteur drives into Cannes best director slot

Director Nicolas Winding Refn on the making of Drive

Ryan Gosling on the making of Drive on

Drive film adaptation nominated at Cannes Film Festival 2011

Film adaptation of Drive directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.

Greatest Hits - new short story by James Sallis for

James Sallis' Delta Roots revealed

James Sallis interview in ShortList

Others of His Kind: PW Talks With James Sallis

Chin Wag At The Slaughterhouse: Interview With James Sallis

James Sallis interview with ARD German TV in Munich

James Sallis interview with ZDF German TV in Phoenix

James Sallis - Six of the Best: Heist Films The Times Saturday Review July 14th 2012

James Sallis in Conversation at The Watershed in Bristol: May 26th 2012

Interview with Bookgeeks June 18th 2012

GQ: Drive author James Sallis on working with Ryan Gosling and the latest on the sequel, Driven

James Sallis on Driven in The Big Issue

The Killer Is Dying Named Winner Of North American Hammett Prize

Metro: James Sallis: I never anticipated Drive sequel but the Driver is unknowable

AnOther: Culture Talks | Author James Sallis on Driven

Dazed & Confused: James Sallis: Drive & Driven - The author of Drive on Ryan Gosling, writing the sequel and the freedom of driving fast

Noir writer Megan Abbott and Los Angeles Review of Books noir editor Boris Drayluk discuss James Sallis's latest, Driven

‘Drive’ Author James Sallis on His Sequel, ‘Driven’ (The Daily Beast)

James Sallis page on NEP

No Exit to publish James Sallis sequel to 'DRIVE'

James Sallis may be the best crime writer you've never heard of

We Love the Contract Killers: Video Interview with James Sallis

James Sallis' Website

Guardian Interview with James Sallis

James Sallis' work profiled

James Sallis on Patricia Highsmith

Shutting Darkness Down (short story)

James Sallis reviewed in the Los Angeles Times

James Sallis Interview on Salt River with Shots Magazine

James Sallis interview with

Profile of James Sallis in the Guardian from 2001

James Sallis interview on Crime Time

James Sallis interview on Drive and the big screen at


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