Published By: Mariner Books

Book Category: Fiction, Suspense

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Reviewed by Kaitlin RM Burkard

What does it take to make a man a murderer? Driver has been living a double life for years--to society, he's a professional stunt driver for the movie industry. But on the underground, he mans the getaway car for crooks fleeing the scene of a crime. All he was supposed to do was drive--he wasn't supposed to know the details. He wasn't expected to get involved. But when Driver is caught in the middle of a robbery gone terribly wrong, he is thrown into a dark world of crime, deception, and revenge. Kill or be killed--the only law of the road.

James Sallis' Drive presents an interesting and colorful reading experience. On the surface it merely appears to be a dark tale of crime and revenge, but underneath all the lawlessness, the author addresses much deeper topics. Most of the characters that Driver encounters are those in the lower class whose only crime was to be born in the wrong place at the wrong time. Along with Driver, the reader is led to wonder throughout the course of the novel, can a man rise above the circumstances of his birth? Once a man has taken a step toward a life of crime, can he ever turn back?

Though violent, Drive is not explicitly gory. It is gritty, but not vulgar. The story is marked by a surprising amount of pathos. The deaths of everyone he cares about leaves Driver rootless. He has recurring dreams of seeking after beauty--reaching for hope--that always end before he finds fulfillment. The events in the story unfold like a Greek tragedy--things could have turned out differently if only the characters had made better choices.

Any reader that feels up to the challenge is welcome to check out the novel.

Armchair Interviews says: Drive is a complex and thought-provoking novel that challenges its readers to examine their own stand on morality.

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