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Drive by James Sallis
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bookshelves: october-reading, noir, thriller, adapted-to-screen
Read from October 22 to 24, 2011

Driver did not want to know the details of the job he was on, all he did was drive.
He was on the streets in the beginning without a penny to his name then a fate encounter in a bar hooked him up with the stunt car driving world. You won't find this great story telling but a biography of one man's plight in the concrete jungle. He was not brought up with a silver spoon in his mouth but was street savvy and knew how to get by. He could out smart the players. As always the glamorous life of a stuntman by day and getaway man by night comes with it's dangers and he finds himself a problem in the shape of a mobster and tries to stay alive. I found it enjoyable to have the written word describe stunts and driving in general, a change from watching it on the big screen. The movie adaptation is out so I had to read this novel first instead of his other titles. I hope to read more of his works in the near future.
"Driver'd been out three days before to get a car. He always picked his own car. The cars weren't stolen, which was the first mistake people made, pros and amateurs alike. Instead, he bought them off small lots. You looked for something bland, something that would fade into the background. But you also wanted a ride that could get up o its rear wheels and paw air if you needed it to. Himself, he had a preference for older Buick's, mid-range, some shade of brown or gray, but he wasn't locked in. This time what he found was a ten-year-old Dodge. You could run this thing into the side of a tank with no effect. Drop anvils on it, they'd bounce off. But when he turned the motor over, it was like this honey was just clearing its throat, getting ready to talk"

"Desperate times, desperate measures.
Well out of the city, out where the first of a crop of white windmills, lazily turning, wound sky down to desert, Driver sailed without warning onto an exit ramp and into a one-eighty. Sat facing back the way he'd come as the Mustang raced towards him.
Then he hit the gas."

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James Thane I think you'll like his other books as well. Sallis is a very good writer who hasn't gotten the attention he really deserves. Hopefully, the adaptation of this book for the movie will help bring him a larger audience.


message 2: by Mohammed (last edited Oct 27, 2011 08:45AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mohammed This was my first Sallis book to and it was a big surprise quality writing, awesome noir wise.

Sallis is the ideal cult writer, he is too poetic,literary talented to be bestseller popular in todays book market. As big Sallis fans im happy he has great acclaim among critics and he has loyal fans that write him letters saying how important he is.


message 3: by Lou (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lou Thanks for all the Sallis advice!


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