Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Just Finished: "Drive" by James Sallis

Just Finished "Drive"

Finished Drive by James Sallis. A kind of hardboiled character study by mystery writer Sallis. The main character is only called Driver. Orphaned after his insane mother killed his father, Driver ends up in Hollywood as a 16 year old stunt driver.

Asked by a friend and neighbor to be a wheelman for a robbery, Driver continues in both stunt work and getaway driving until he hooks up with the wrong dude. After a mafia supported robbery in Tucson goes bad Driver ends up with the cash and travels Arizona and Southern California plotting his escape while fighting the hitmen sent after him.

The story uses flashbacks and Driver's memories to detail how Driver ended up doing what he does.

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