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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (458 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Sallis Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Driver Series Release Date:
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At the end of the initial novel, Drive, Driver has killed Bernie Rose, “the only one he mourned,” ending his campaign against those who double-crossed him. Driven tells how the young man, done with killing, later will become the one who goes down early one 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 fiancée are attacked by two men, and while Driver dispatches both, his fiancée is killed.

Sinking back into anonymity, aided by his friend, Felix, an ex-gang member and Desert Storm vet, Driver retreats but finds that his past stalks him and will not stop. He has to turn and face it.

Because he drives. That’s what he does.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Terse, brutal, poetic, perfectly wrought.”

    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)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patrick | 2/19/2014

    " A fine sequel to Drive, with similarly likable characters and only a slightly less compelling storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim Niland | 2/13/2014

    " In 2004, James Sallis wrote the short novel Drive, which I think is one of the most perfect pieces of crime fiction ever written. It had everything: plot, characterization, action and style. Shorn of everything ornamental, it was unstoppable and I thought would be the only of its kind. But after that story was surprisingly made into a movie, Sallis gives us a sequel - just as haunting, riveting and enigmatic as the first book. This no cash in, however, he is the master storyteller twisting multiple characters and plot lines like a strand of DNA helix. The challenge of the story is part of the pleasure, there are no kid gloves here and the melancholy sadness of the story reveals itself without a drop of sentimentality. The un-named Driver has come a long way since the first book. It's revealed that he became a successful businessman for a few years, but the past has a way of catching up with you, especially when you have left as many bodies behind as Driver has. Gunmen come for him and murder his girlfriend before he has the chance to dispatch them. And we're off on an extraordinary roller coaster ride that is a complex puzzle, an enigma: who tried to kill Driver? Who is sending men to chase him around the desert is his hopped up Ford? Sallis has a signature style that is all his own, characters drift in and out of the narrative focus with little or no warning. Scenes shift hypnotically with flashes of extraordinary violence. Like its predecessor, this book is under 200 pages, and every word is etched in stone like a master craftsman had chiseled a perfect statue from a block of granite. Challenging, harrowing and always thoughtful, this is a book that must be read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim Ferry | 2/12/2014

    " Great noir in a slim package. Sallis certainly captures Phoenix and all it's gritty underbelly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan Mcgunnigle | 2/8/2014

    " Agree with others in saying it is superior to the original novel. Even if you didn't read the first book and just want to continue the story based off the movie it is still a fun read. "

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