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The Driver: A Novel Hardcover – August 8, 2017
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Praise for Hart Hanson and The Driver:
"Hanson's storytelling voice is off the charts: blunt, morbid, morally indignant and furiously funny." —The New York Times Book Review
"It is so hard to be unique in crime fiction and Hart Hanson has done it big time with The Driver. It’s got all the ingredients: high risks, strong momentum, unseen turns and a set of gripping characters. You can’t ask for more!"
"An outstanding debut thriller. Readers of Scott Turow and Harlan Coben will appreciate the intricate plot and rich character development."
—Library Journal (starred review)
"The Driver is an action-packed, humor-infused novel that doesn’t disappoint. Hart Hanson’s debut is chock full of eccentric characters, from soldiers with a cause to crooked cops to diva wannabes. This is a book that is sure to fly from the shelves to the bedside tables.”
—The San Francisco Book Review
"The first chapter delivers an entertainment smack upside the head that will keep readers rapt to the story's end…. Wryly funny and whip-smart, Hanson's narrative seamlessly weaves in serious themes, pop culture and a bit of a love letter to Los Angeles.”
“[A] remarkable debut… The dialogue is crisp and street-tough, and the action redefines relentless. Expect lots of buzz for what is sure to be one of the season’s hottest first novels.”
—Booklist (starred review)
"Hanson, creator of the long-running TV series Bones, takes to crime fiction in high style. Like Carl Hiaasen, he shows great pleasure in combining nasty violence with an arch comic sensibility...[a] fresh-voiced first novel."
“Hanson, creator of the TV series Bones, melds well-placed bits of humor with a serious look at the emotional trials of returning veterans. The energetic plot demands a sequel.”
“Riveting, smart, and funny, The Driver is a masterfully crafted debut. Michael Skellig is the hero we’ve been waiting for—a wry war veteran who doesn’t take anything (or anyone) too seriously, even while staring down the face of a sawed-off shotgun.”
"Funny and smart"
—Dallas Morning News
“[A] hugely entertaining thriller…Infused with dark humor.”
“The Driver has it all—crisp dialogue, complex characters, anda plot that zips at breathtaking speed. I see the beginning of a great career in thriller fiction.”
“The Driver is packed with action…tightly plotted...The characters [are] sharply drawn and sympathetic (the heroes) or scary (the villains). Good or bad, they all come alive on the page.”
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
—New York Post
“The Driver is everything a great thriller should be—always smart, often funny, and relentlessly exciting. The novel features imaginative mayhem from the first pages, a terrific twisting plot, and countless fresh elements, starting with its hip, witty, limo-driver hero, who deals with the eccentric world of high-profile skateboarding and the lingering sadness of many of our vets. I loved every page.”
“Hart Hanson has given us a wonderful debut novel in The Driver. Former Army Special Forces Sergeant Michael Skellig runs a limousine service in Los Angeles, staffed by his hand-picked team of former war companions. Skellig and his people are living casualties of America's wars—damaged in different ways but clinging to their lives with determination, anger, and resourcefulness. Set in an LA of narcissistic celebrity, corrupt law enforcement, and limitless greed, The Driver is grim, funny, violent, and moving—all on the same page.”
—T. Jefferson Parker, author of The Room of White Fire
"The Driver is smart, brash, and funny, with characters who strut right out of an Elmore Leonard novel. For thrills, chills, and plenty of laughs, Hart Hanson is your man.”
—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of I Know a Secret
“The ghost of Raymond Chandler is apparently alive and well and living inside Hart Hanson. I felt as though I was reading a 21st century reboot of The Long Goodbye. Brutal, gripping and funny. A dazzling debut.”
About the Author
Hart Hanson wrote for Canadian television before moving to Los Angeles, where he worked on various TV programs before creating the series Bones, the longest-running scripted hour-long series on the FOX network. Married with two sons, Hart lives with his wife, Brigitte, in Venice, California. The Driver is his first novel.
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Brilliant writing and impossible to put down, The Driver walks readers through the underside of Los Angeles, with all the ugliness and filth intact and laid out for inspection. Yet the glamour of wealth isn't any prettier, hiding savage rot beneath pristine surfaces.
And all the misery and violence is presented with wit and humor, showing that survival often depends on a good attitude as much as a convenient weapon.
Buy it. Read it. And remember the scars war leaves on the bodies and souls of our young the next time a Washington windbag struts and postures, threatening to "take care of" those we disagree with.
The novel's protagonist, Michael Skellig, is an ex-special forces veteran who owns an LA limo service that is staffed by his Afghan war compatriots. The party includes an affable illegal who was Skellig's in-country, a young triple amputee and badly traumatized, female mechanic. All are damaged goods in some way or another but, rescued by Skellig, they are now a family unit surviving civil life in SoCal together. The story opens with an assault on a limo business client--a world famous skateboarder with legions of fans and some apparent enemies. Skellig and his limo crew are pulled into the client's problems in a way that puts them all at serious physical and legal risk.
Highly enjoyable read. A book that finishes too early and cries for a sequel. If you are an admirer of the Junior Bender series by Tim Hallinan, you will definitely enjoy this one!
Who wouldn't want that life?... but this dood is a sneaky, greedy guy that still doesn't have enough money and is finding tricky, illegal ways to pack his bank account. Well, that doesn't go so smooth and he almost ends up dead for his greedy ways! An easy book to get lost in the story and feel like you're there watching the action. I've never read Hart Hanson books but I'll be searching for them now.