James Sallis





James Sallis


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in Helena, Arkansas, The United States
December 21, 1944

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James Sallis (born 21 December 1944 in Helena, Arkansas) is an American crime writer, poet and musician, best known for his series of novels featuring the character Lew Griffin and set in New Orleans, and for his 2005 novel Drive, which was adapted into a 2011 film of the same name.

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Drive (Drive, #1)

3.47 avg rating — 4,986 ratings — published 2005 — 38 editions
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Driven (Drive, #2)

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The Long-Legged Fly (Lew Gr...

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Cypress Grove (Turner, #1)

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The Killer Is Dying

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Cripple Creek (Turner, #2)

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Salt River (Turner, #3)

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Others of My Kind

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Moth (Lew Griffin, #2)

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Black Hornet (Lew Griffin, #3)

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“Maybe he should turn around. Go back and tell them that’s what life was, a long series of things that didn’t go down the way you thought they would.
Hell with it. Either they’d figure it out or they wouldn’t. Most people never did.”
James Sallis, Drive

“He existed a step or two to one side of the common world, largely out of sight, a shadow, all but invisible. Whatever he owned, either he could hoist it on his back and lug it along or he could walk away from it. Anonymity was the thing he loved most about the city, being a part of it and apart from it at the same time.”
James Sallis, Drive

“Mostly what you lose with time, in memory, is the specificity of things, their exact sequence. It all runs together, becomes a watery soup. Portmanteau days, imploded years. Like a bad actor, memory always goes for effect, abjuring motivation, consistency, good sense. ”
James Sallis, Black Hornet

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