Following directly behind the critically praised cinematic adaptation of Drive (2011), author James Sallis has composed an appropriately named sequel titled Driven. The first page sparingly yet vividly details the murder which fuels the storyline as the criminally retired Driver seeks to discover who is responsible for the killing of his fiancé.
“It was all over in minutes. He understood then what delayed the second man’s attack. Elsa lay against the wall of the abandoned café, blood pumping from the wound beneath her breast. She had been trying to smile up at him as the light went out of her eyes.”
Even though the prevailing atmosphere is that the past has come seeking revenge, the narrative concentrates on the present-day predicament of the protagonist. James Sallis keeps the chapters short and the intrigue tightly woven. As one character keenly observes, “We rarely understand what effects our actions have. Or will have. We in some strange power’s employ.” Fortunately for the reader, Driver is driven to write his own destiny.
Trevor Hogg is a freelance video editor and writer who currently resides in Canada.