Driven Cover


By James Sallis

Poisoned Pen Press, Paperback, Large Print, 9781464200120, 194pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 2012



Driven is the sequel to Drive, now also an award-winning film. As we exit the initial novel, Driver has killed Bernie Rose, “the only one he ever mourned,” ending his campaign against those who double-crossed him. Driven tells how that young man, done with killing, later will become the one who goes down “at 3 a.m. on a clear, cool 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 fiancee are attacked by two men and, while Driver dispatches both, his fiancee is killed.   Sinking back into anonymity, aided by his friend Felix, an ex-gangbanger and Desert Storm vet, Driver retreats, but finds that his past stalks him and will not stop. He has to turn and face it.

About the Author
Jim Sallis has published fifteen novels, including the Lew Griffin series, Others of My Kind, Death Will Have Your Eyes, and Drive. Drive was adapted for film and released in 2011. He also published the standard biography of Chester Himes, a translation of Raymond Queneau's novel, Saint Glinglin, and multiple collections of essays and stories. He has three collections of poems: Sorrow's Kitchen, Rain's Eagerness, and now BLACK NIGHT'S GONNA CATCH ME HERE: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (New Rivers Press, 2015). Born in Helena, Arkansas, Sallis spent his childhood on the banks of the Mississippi River and then attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where he first began to sell his writing. He subsequently moved to Iowa and then to London, where he wrote much of his first book of prose and poetry, A Few Last Words. Sallis has lived in New York City, Boston, Paris, Pennsylvania, and Texas. At present he lives in Phoenix, Arizona.