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Driven [Kindle Edition]

James Sallis
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Book Description

As we exit the initial novel, Driver has killed Bernie Rose, “the only one he ever mourned,” ending his campaign against those who double-crossed him. Driven tells how that young man, done with killing, later will become the one who goes down “at 3 a.m. on a clear, cool morning in a Tijuana bar.”

Seven years have passed. Driver has left the old life, become Paul West, and founded a successful business back in Phoenix. Walking down the street one day, he and his fiancee are attacked by two men and, while Driver dispatches both, his fiancee is killed.

Sinking back into anonymity, aided by his friend Felix, an ex-gangbanger and Desert Storm vet, Driver retreats, but finds that his past stalks him and will not stop. He has to turn and face it. At a garage in Guadalupe, an Hispanic and Native American community on the edge of Phoenix, he rebuilds a Seventies Ford Fairlane.

Because he drives. That is what he does.


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''Lean and lethal...The underworld characters Driver deals with have a tendency to wax philosophical. 'You think about stuff much? Why you're here, what it all means?' one of the hit men asks him. 'Not really,' Driver answers. And then he kills the guy'' --New York Times

''The enigmatic loner known as Driver, introduced in 2005's Drive, takes to the road again after two thugs assault him and his fiancee' on a Phoenix street in this terse, brutal, poetic, perfectly wrought sequel.'' --Publishers Weekly, starred review

''Sallis, perhaps the most genuinely poetic crime writer alive, bleeds tone on every page, crafting sentences that read like a Thomas Hardy lyric.'' --Booklist, starred review

'' . . . on the heels of the 2011 film version of cult favorite Drive, this gritty, gristly tale will rivet Sallis's growing audience.'' --Library Journal

''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, praise for Drive

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"Lean and lethal...The underworld characters Driver deals with have a tendency to wax philosophical. 'You think about stuff much? Why you're here, what it all means?' one of the hit men asks him. 'Not really, ' Driver answers. And then he kills the guy." --"New York Times"

"The enigmatic loner known as Driver, introduced in 2005's "Drive", takes to the road again after two thugs assault him and his fiancee on a Phoenix street in this terse, brutal, poetic, perfectly wrought sequel." --"Publishers Weekly", starred review

"Sallis, perhaps the most genuinely poetic crime writer alive, bleeds tone on every page, crafting sentences that read like a Thomas Hardy lyric." --"Booklist", starred review

"Coming hard on the heels of the 2011 film version of cult favorite "Drive", this gritty, gristly tale will rivet Sallis's growing audience." --"Library Journal"

"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", praise for "Drive "


Product Details

  • File Size: 241 KB
  • Print Length: 155 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1464200106
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QV4APM
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All the strengths and weaknesses of noir mysteries April 8, 2012
By David
Format:Paperback
Others have summarized the plot well. This is hardcore noir--people either speak in extremely short, terse sentences or like university psychology or physics professors. Most of the living quarters are roach infested. Characters have, at most, one name. The bad guys are always able to track down the hero, without any explanation of how. The action begins immediately and the book is very short. The action scenes are exciting, but the characters are stick figures. There is a great deal of violence. Ryan Gosling did a wonderful drive bringing the hero to life in Drive--a better job than the author does on the page.

This is a treat for noir lovers and not bad for noir haters.

It is a terrible shame that The Driver never teamed up with Richard Stark's Parker.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I have always regarded James Sallis as one of the most skilled writers in the US of any genre. Despite the darkness and the sometimes excessive violence of his latest noir thrillers, Sallis's ability to say much in few words and to convey tension without being melodramatic is awe-inspiring. His dialogue, usually terse, says all that needs to be said, and his ability to create perfect images in few words is unparalleled. "Minimalism" takes on new meaning in his hands.

His novel Drive, recently made into a hit film starring Ryan Gosling, precedes Driven, and both are short novels which lack the fully developed characters one finds in Sallis's other novels. Drive, the story of a man who works as a stunt driver by day and as the driver of getaway cars by night, is full of violence, and the body count in the book and film is extremely high, some of the deaths coming at the hands of Driver himself as payback for egregious betrayals. At the end of the novel and film, Driver gets into his car and drives, seriously wounded.

Driven begins six years later. Driver has been keeping a low profile under the pseudonym of Paul West in Phoenix, and he has been successful in avoiding trouble - and in falling in love with Elsa. The novel starts with a bang, however. On page one, Driver and Elsa are attacked on a Saturday morning, and though Driver manages to disable one attacker, the second one fatally stabs Elsa before Driver can take care of him. He has no idea who the attackers are or why he was selected for attack, and even more attacks follow, but as a friend tells him, "Those you seek are wolves. Wolves do not wish to be found, they are themselves the hunters...They survive, they thrive, on their cunning." Ultimately, the book's body count equals that of Drive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars driving storyline April 3, 2012
Format:Paperback
After Driver killed Bernie Rose, he felt remorse for the first time (see Drive) since he began his obsessed revenge vendetta. He decided the time was right to move on and end his vengeance killing spree.

Seven years later, thirtyish Paul West enjoys his middle class life in Phoenix. His dream shatters on a Saturday morning while walking with his fiancée Elsa. Two men attack them; killing Elsa before he can kill them. Driver is back as Paul dies when he sees Elsa die. His friend former Ranger Felix helps him temporarily hide, but his enemies keep on coming. This time two vehicles with hit men wait for Driver who is more Driven now then he was seven years ago.

The return of Driver will elate fans especially with the movie of the first thriller coming. The antihero fights back against his adversaries with renewed feral vigor fueled by his watching Elsa take her last breath. He knows one thing: those who arranged the hit will die. Action-packed from the opening assault on a Phoenix street, the accelerator never breaks even at the finish line as Driver is Driven by his new mission.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take the Ride April 1, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you made it to the Cineplex to see Ryan Gossling in Nichols Nefn's neo-noir masterpiece, "Drive," don't wait to see if there's going to be a sequel - you can read in now. "Driven" is James Sallis' brilliant follow-up to his dark tale of Driver, a 26 year-old reclusive Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a robbery wheelman. Driver is now 32, living as Paul West in Phoenix, having gone-to-ground to escape the mobsters he dispatched in the first episode. Or so he thought. Sallis wastes no time getting to the action and violence; the first page hasn't turned before Driver leaves two would-be killers broken and dying on the pavement. From here out the formula is straightforward - Driver, with some assistance from the shadowy Gulf War vet Felix - brutally retires a seemingly endless parade of thugs send to kill him, while he soups up an inconspicuous Ford Fairlane and hunts down those behind the repeated attempted hits.

This is a simple story, a fast read that could be mediocre were it not delivered by James Sallis. Despite its brevity, the talented Sallis packs more imagery and power into 140 pages than the average crime writer could muster in 1,000; that rare brand of prose that is atmospheric without being bloated. This is lean, stripped down fiction, reminiscent of Jim Thompson or Raymond Chandler, but more elegantly told in sentences that, despite the grisly fare, read more like poetry than pulp fiction.

Like its predecessor "Drive," "Driven" is American crime writing at its best, and James Sallis is the unsung master of the genre. If you haven't discovered him yet - with or without Ryan Gossling - this quick pair of novels is a great place to make the acquaintance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good sequel
Enjoyed it a lot. Much like the first book, this one was filled with the suspense that Sallis is known for
Published 20 days ago by The Chef
4.0 out of 5 stars Good sequel novella to the Noir treat Drive!
This is a great little read and a pretty good followup to Sallis' Noir thill Drive. While the first book focuses on interactions at Diners and Dive Bars in Los Angeles, this book... Read more
Published 2 months ago by anonymous rogue
5.0 out of 5 stars Because he drives. That's what he does.
Wow! This book is a fierce blow, leaving the reader wanting more. Alternates between Driver's latest setup and his memories of starting out in the trade. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bob Miles
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing, lazy and bad
Confusing, and lazy writing. Hugely disappointed with this follow up. I will not be reading any more books from this author
Published 4 months ago by Kelly McCarty
4.0 out of 5 stars Must read for any fans of the series!
Huge fan of the movie, so I wanted to read both Drive and Driven. Very happy with my purchase, having sourced an old library-edition. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shaun DaCunha
2.0 out of 5 stars What a failure
The 1st book/movie had sooo much potential for a sequel. This book fell hard on its face. I won't give spoilers just in case other people are as dumb as I was and choose to read... Read more
Published 6 months ago by zane halfaker
5.0 out of 5 stars "Drive" was great. This is like Part 2 and it makes you wish you...
Sallis writes in a very compressed style. and can tell a long novel's worth of story in a short book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by John R. Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This is a good read and would recommend you to get it especially if you read Drive or at least saw the movie.
Published 13 months ago by O. K. Maharaj
5.0 out of 5 stars before you read this..
Consider reading or watching the movie Drive before you read this. It will give you a better feel for the character.
Published 14 months ago by Marsha Irwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Driven
Good book. This book adds to the depth of driver, and keeps the reader intrigued. I would recommend this book to a friend.
Published 14 months ago by matthew
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