James Sallis - Author

About the Author

James Sallis has published fifteen novels, multiple collections of short stories, essays and poems. Jim lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where he previously taught novel writing at Phoenix College and plays regularly with his string band, Three-Legged Dog. He stays busy.

Featured books by James Sallis

Drive

Drive

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2012

'Much later, as he sat with his back against an inside wall of a Motel 6 just north of Phoenix, watching the pool of blood lap toward him, Driver would wonder whether he had made a terrible mistake. Later still, of course, there'd be no doubt. But for now Driver is, as they say, in the moment. And the moment includes this blood lapping toward him, the pressure of dawn's late light at windows and door, traffic sounds from the interstate nearby, the sound of someone weeping in the next room....' Thus begins Drive, a new novella by James Sallis.

Other books by James Sallis

Difficult Lives - Hitching Rides

Difficult Lives - Hitching Rides

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/11/2018

Bluebottle

Bluebottle

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2018

Willnot

Willnot

Author: James Sallis Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2016

A brilliant new protagonist and his memorable community are introduced in the latest masterpiece by acclaimed novelist James Sallis. In his celebrated career, James Sallis has created some of the most finely drawn protagonists in crime fiction, all of them thoughtful observers of the human condition: Lew Griffin, the black New Orleans private investigator; retired detective John Turner; the unnamed wheelman in Drive. Dr. Lamar Hale will now join the ranks of Sallis' finest characters.In the woods outside the town of Willnot, the remains of several people have suddenly been discovered, unnerving the community and unsettling Hale, the town's all-purpose general practitioner, surgeon, and conscience. At the same time, Bobby Lowndes-a man being followed by the FBI-mysteriously reappears in his hometown at Hale's door. Over the ensuing months, the daily dramas Hale faces as he tends to his town and to his partner, Richard, collide with the swerves and turns of life in Willnot. And when a gunshot aimed at Lowndes critically wounds Richard, Hale's world is truly upended.In his inimitable spare style, James Sallis conjures indelible characters and scenes that resonate long after they appear. "e;You live with someone year after year, you think you've heard all the stories,"e; Lamar observes, "e;but you never have."e;

Death Will Have Your Eyes

Death Will Have Your Eyes

Author: James Sallis Format: eBook Release Date: 29/07/2014

Mulholland Books takes pleasure in restoring to print an acclaimed novel of espionage and suspense by the author of Drive.David (as he's currently known) was a member of an elite corps of spies trained during the coldest days of the Cold War. For almost a decade he has been out of the game, working as a sculptor. Then a phone call in the middle of the night awakens him: the only other survivor from that elite corps has gone rogue. David is tasked with stopping him.What ensues is an existential cat-and-mouse game played out across the American landscape, through the diners and motels that dot the terrain like green plastic houses on a Monopoly board. Both a suspenseful novel of pursuit and a thematically rich exploration of the mind of a spy, Death Will Have Your Eyes is a contemporary classic of the espionage genre.

Death Will Have Your Eyes

Death Will Have Your Eyes

Author: James Sallis Format: eBook Release Date: 15/11/2013

David, as he's currently known, was a member of an elite corps of spies trained during the coldest days of the Cold War. But those days are long gone, and for almost a decade he has been out of the rat race and working as a sculptor. Then a phone call in the middle of the night awakens him: the only other survivor from that elite corps has gone rogue-and they need David to stop him. What ensues is an existential cat-and-mouse game played out across the great board that is the American landscape and through the diners and motels that dot the terrain like green plastic houses on a Monopoly board. In this haunting and visceral yarn, James Sallis investigates the cynical, violent, sophisticated world of modern espionage with authority and originality.

Others Of My Kind

Others Of My Kind

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/10/2013

Driven

Driven

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2012

Driver

Driver

Author: James Sallis Format: eBook Release Date: 27/08/2012

Driver ist kein Verbrecher. Jedenfalls nicht im engeren Sinne. Er ist nur der beste Stuntfahrer, den man in Hollywood kriegen kann. Und manchmal fahrt er bei Raububerfallen den Fluchtwagen, obwohl ihn das gar nicht so richtig interessiert. Genauso wenig wie die Hollywoodfilme. Eigentlich will er nur fahren. Aber dann lauft einer dieser Uberfalle schief, und Driver findet sich in einem schabigen Motel in Arizona wieder, mit mehreren Leichen im Zimmer und einer Tasche voller Geldscheine. Eigentlich sollte auch er tot sein, denn der Raububerfall war eine abgekartete Sache ... "e;Driver"e; von James Sallis ist ein literarischer Glcksfall: ein fesselnder, atmosphrisch dichter und zugleich virtuos erzhlter Kriminalroman, eine Hommage an den klassischen Roman noir, die fast beilufig zu groer Literatur wird.

Driver 2

Driver 2

Author: James Sallis Format: eBook Release Date: 27/08/2012

Vor sieben Jahren ist Driver, der wortkarge Stuntfahrer, der nebenbei bei Raububerfallen den Fluchtwagen lenkte, abgetaucht. Einer dieser Uberfalle war schiefgelaufen, und mehrere Leute sind fur eine Tasche mit gestohlenem Geld draufgegangen. Erst als die Sache geregelt war, konnte Driver verschwinden und eine andere Identitat annehmen. Nur hatte er nicht damit gerechnet, dass ihn die Vergangenheit eines Tages einholen wurde. Sie kamen an einem Samstagmorgen, kurz nach elf Uhr, zu zweit. Es war bereits hei und wurde noch heier werden ... James Sallis hat die Fortsetzung seines preisgekrnten und erfolgreich verfilmten Romans "e;Driver"e; geschrieben - und wieder einen auergewhnlichen Roman noir geschaffen.

Ghost Of A Flea

Ghost Of A Flea

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2012

Death Will Have Your Eyes

Death Will Have Your Eyes

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2012

Drive

Drive

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2012

'Much later, as he sat with his back against an inside wall of a Motel 6 just north of Phoenix, watching the pool of blood lap toward him, Driver would wonder whether he had made a terrible mistake. Later still, of course, there'd be no doubt. But for now Driver is, as they say, in the moment. And the moment includes this blood lapping toward him, the pressure of dawn's late light at windows and door, traffic sounds from the interstate nearby, the sound of someone weeping in the next room....' Thus begins Drive, a new novella by James Sallis.

Eye Of The Cricket

Eye Of The Cricket

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2012

The Long-legged Fly

The Long-legged Fly

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2012

Salt River

Salt River

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2012

Black Hornet

Black Hornet

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2012

Moth

Moth

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2012

Cypress Grove

Cypress Grove

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2012

Driven

Driven

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2012

Driven

Driven

Author: James Sallis Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2012

At the end of the initial novel, Drive, Driver has killed Bernie Rose, "e;the only one he mourned,"e; 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 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-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.

The Killer Is Dying

The Killer Is Dying

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/10/2011

Drive

Drive

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2011

Eye of the Cricket

Eye of the Cricket

Author: James Sallis Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2009

Lew Griffin is a survivor, a black man in New Orleans, a detective, a teacher, a writer. Having spent years finding others, he has lost his son-and himself in the process. Now, a derelict has appeared in a New Orleans hospital claiming to be Lewis Griffin and displaying a copy of one of Lew's novels. It is the beginning of a quest that will take Griffin into his own past while he tries to deal in the present with a search for three missing young men. Somewhere in the underbelly of the Crescent City there are answers and more questions, there are threats and the promise of salvation, and there is a dangerous descent into the alcoholic haze that marked Griffin's younger days, as well as the possibility of rising from it redeemed.

Ghost of a Flea

Ghost of a Flea

Author: James Sallis Format: eBook Release Date: 13/05/2009

The mystery of Lew Griffin is revealed in this concluding novel of an honored series. In his old house in uptown New Orleans, Griffin is alone. His relationship with Deborah is falling apart, his son, David, has disappeared again, and Lew is directionless-he hasn't written anything in years, and he no longer teaches. Now he stands in a dark room, staring out the window. Behind him, on the bed, is a body. He thinks if he doesn't speak, doesn't think about what happened, somehow things will be all right. In a story that is as much about identity as it is about crime, Sallis' enthralling series about a black man moving through time in a white man's world has held up the mirror to society and culture as it set Lew Griffin to the task of discovering who he is. This brilliant final volume will resonate in readers' minds long after the story is finished.

Bluebottle

Bluebottle

Author: James Sallis Format: eBook Release Date: 16/04/2009

As Lew Griffin leaves a New Orleans music club with an older white woman he's just met, someone fires a shot and Lew goes down. When he comes fully to, Griffin discovers that most of a year has gone by since that night. What happened? Who was the woman? Which of them was the target? Who was the sniper? There are too many pieces missing, too few facts, and a powerful need to know why a year has been stolen from his life. Weaving Griffin's search for identity-one of the recurring themes in this magnificent series-with a sensuous portrait of the people and places that define New Orleans, Sallis continues not only to unravel Griffin's past but to map his future-and our own. Bluebottle continues the mysterious journey begun in The Long-Legged Fly and demonstrates the growing mastery of one of America's finest crime fiction stylists.

Black Hornet

Black Hornet

Author: James Sallis Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2008

A sniper appears in 1960s New Orleans, a sun-baked city of Black Panthers and other separatists. Five people have been fatally shot. When the sixth victim is killed, Lew Griffin is standing beside her. He's black and she's white, and though they are virtual strangers, it is left to Griffin to avenge her death, or at least to try and make some sense of it. His unlikely allies include a crusading black journalist, a longtime supplier of mercenary arms and troops, and bail bondsman Frankie DeNoux. Yet it is the character of Lew Griffin that takes center stage, as in each of Sallis's highly praised books. He is by now, in this prequel, well on the way to becoming what he will be: violent, kind, contradictory, alcoholic. Both naive and wise, he is a man cursed by unspeakable demons, yet seemingly encircled by redemptive angels awaiting an opening.

Moth

Moth

Author: James Sallis Format: eBook Release Date: 11/11/2008

Lew Griffin has quit the detective business and withdrawn to the safety of his old home in New Orleans' Garden District, where he copes with his past by transforming it into fiction. But following the death of a close friend, he returns to the streets-not only the urban ones he has conquered but also those of the rural South that he escaped long ago-to search for the runaway daughter he didn't know his friend had. Griffin discovers that we rarely know anyone, even those closest to us. And he now finds that he must also face the two things he most fears: memories of his parents and his own relationship with his now-vanished son.

Long-Legged Fly

Long-Legged Fly

Author: James Sallis Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2008

In steamy New Orleans, black private detective Lew Griffin has taken on a seemingly hopeless missing-person case. The trail takes him through the underbelly of the French Quarter with its bar girls, pimps, and tourist attractions. As his search leads to one violent dead end and then another, Griffin is confronted with the prospect that his own life has come to resemble those of the people he is attempting to find. Waking in a hospital after an alcoholic binge, Griffin finds another chance in a nurse who comes to love him, but again he reverts to his old life in the mean streets among the predators and their prey. When his son vanishes, Griffin searches back through the tangles and tatters of his life, knowing that he must solve his personal mysteries before he can venture after the whereabouts of others.

Drive

Drive

Author: James Sallis Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2006

Much later, as he sat with his back against an inside wall of a Motel 6 just north of Phoenix, watching the pool of blood lap toward him, Driver would wonder whether he had made a terrible mistake. Later still, of course, there'd be no doubt. But for now Driver is, as they say, in the moment. And the moment includes this blood lapping toward him, the pressure of dawn's late light at windows and door, traffic sounds from the interstate nearby, the sound of someone weeping in the next room... Thus begins Drive, the story of a man who works as a stunt driver by day and a getaway driver by night. He drives, that's all-until he's double-crossed. Powerful and stylistically brilliant, Drive has been hailed by critics as the "e;perfect piece of noir fiction"e; (New York Times Book Review) and an instant classic.

The Guitar in Jazz An Anthology

The Guitar in Jazz An Anthology

Author: James Sallis Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/1996

The Guitar in Jazz presents in rich, entertaining detail the history and development of the guitar as a jazz instrument. In a series of essays by some of jazz's leading historians and critics, the volume traces the impressive evolution of jazz guitar playing, from the pioneering styles of Nick Lucas and Eddie Lang through the recent innovations of such contemporary masters as Jim Hall and Ralph Towner. Editor James Sallis has included essays that focus on individual guitarists, including Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, and JoePass. Other chapters vividly describe important jazz guitar styles, such as swing guitar and fingerstyle guitar. In all, The Guitar in Jazz provides a full and captivating portrait of the guitar's place in jazz. The book also offers insights into the larger history of jazz-its development, the social contexts in which the music came into being, and its eventual recognition as the American classical music. The essays will appeal to guitar players and enthusiasts, and to all jazz lovers.

Ash of Stars On the Writing of Samuel R. Delany

Ash of Stars On the Writing of Samuel R. Delany

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/1996

Ash of Stars On the Writing of Samuel R. Delany

Ash of Stars On the Writing of Samuel R. Delany

Author: James Sallis Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/1996

The Guitar Players One Instrument and Its Masters in American Music

The Guitar Players One Instrument and Its Masters in American Music

Author: James Sallis Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/1994

The guitar and American music are inexorably intertwined, writes James Sallis in The Guitar Players. He notes that American music was built on the backs of black slaves. The great classical blues period of the 1920s had rich antecedents going back further than plantation orchestras featuring fiddles and bajos. The introduction of the guitar, at first not a solo instrument, really demonstrated rhythmic ingenuity. Sallis shows how folk music and a cross-fertilization of traditions and techniques resulted in blues, ragtime, jazz, rock 'n' roll, and country-western. He writes eloquently about fourteen transitional or pivotal performers: the Mississippi Sheiks; Lonnie Johnson, the first virtuoso blues guitarist; Eddie Lang, the first great jazz guitarist; Roy Smeck, the foremost popularizer of guitar playing; Charlie Christian, the founder of modern jazz guitar; Riley Puckett, the first great country-music guitarist; T-Bone Walker, daddy of the blues ; George Barnes; Hank Garland; Wes Montgomery, the jazz innovator; Mike Bloomfield, the heavy-rock guitarist; Ry Cooder; Ralph Towner; and Lenny Breau.

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