Books by James Sallis

James Sallis is a prolific man of letters. Author of the popular Lew Griffin novels and the recent novel Cypress Grove, he has also written an avant-garde novel, Renderings, and a spy novel, Death Will Have Your Eyes, as well as countless short stories, p


OTHERS OF MY KIND by James Sallis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"The novelistic equivalent of a band jam session, with riffs well-worth listening to."
The latest from Sallis, best known for his Lew Griffin detective series and for Drive (2006), the basis for the Ryan Gosling film of the same name. Read full book review >
DRIVEN by James Sallis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2012

"The noir formula readily accommodates Sallis' mannered dialogue. Even so, most readers will feel a jarring split between the ostensibly thrilling tale and the downbeat commonplaces that punctuate it, or vice versa."
Just in time for fans of the Ryan Gosling film adaptation, the further adventures of Driver (Drive, 2005). Read full book review >
THE KILLER IS DYING by James Sallis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Sallis (Salt River, 2007, etc.) takes his time weaving together the lives of these lost souls, each apparently as aimless as the bugs and birds they can't help noticing. The payoff is a moment of well-nigh miraculous consolation."
Sallis' latest prose-poem entangles a hit man's last days with a Phoenix cop's search for him and an abandoned boy who's tormented by the killer's dreams. Read full book review >
SALT RIVER by James Sallis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Sallis (Cripple Creek, 2006, etc.) is never about plot, but always about good writing. This little gem is a case in point."
Elegy time approaches for Cypress Grove, Tenn., and maybe for its sheriff too. Read full book review >
CRIPPLE CREEK by James Sallis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 4, 2006

"As usual with Sallis, you don't get a lot of plot. What you get instead are characters to engage the mind and heart and some of the most flavorful writing crime fiction has to offer ("cordovan shoes so highly polished it looked like he was walking on two violins"). "
Dodging trouble, ex-cop, ex-con J. Turner has run to one of those small towns that time forgot (Cypress Groves, 2003), but trouble finds him, since, as Turner himself likes to say, "No one is exempt." Read full book review >
CYPRESS GROVE by James Sallis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2003

"A featherweight mystery, but appealingly complex characters, and a prose style to savor."
Sallis shines again in this offbeat tale of a dropout detective. Read full book review >
GHOST OF A FLEA by James Sallis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 10, 2002

With this sixth Lew Griffin novel, Sallis brings to an end one of the genre's least conventional series (Blue Bottle, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

CHESTER HIMES by James Sallis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 2001

"Himes deserves a new audience for the 21st century—unfortunately, he also deserves a better biography than this one."
Despite the appalling turgidity of his prose, Sallis (Gently Into the Land of the Meateaters, p. 289, etc.) successfully salvages the life and literature of Chester Himes from critical and readerly neglect. Read full book review >
GENTLY INTO THE LAND OF THE MEATEATERS by James Sallis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 15, 2000

In this clear and poetic collection of personal essays, Sallis (Bluebottle, 1999, etc.) recounts the beauty and pain he has

experienced as a writer and as a human being.

Best known for his Lew Griffin detective novels, Sallis has a talent for conveying sadness and humor simultaneously. Read full book review >

BLUEBOTTLE by James Sallis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 1999

Black detective Lew Griffin, who stars in this insect-named series (The Eye of the Cricket, 1997, etc.), begins his fifth adventure comatose. Read full book review >

DEATH WILL HAVE YOUR EYES by James Sallis
THRILLERS
Released: July 11, 1997

A world-weary spy who's been out of the business for nine years is dragged back into the circus to catch a former colleague gone rogue. At least that's the summary that'll end up on the dust jacket. Read full book review >

RENDERINGS by James Sallis
Released: July 5, 1995

Sallis, who's won widespread acclaim for his strikingly wayward Lew Griffin detective stories (Black Hornet, 1994, etc.), is also a poet, translator, and literary essayistand now, the author of this slender, unrevealing portrait of an unnamed fictional artist reflecting on his life and loves and coming death. Read full book review >

BLACK HORNET by James Sallis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1994

Can one man change the world? Read full book review >

THE LONG-LEGGED FLY by James Sallis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

Black detective Lew Griffin skips his father's final illness (New Orleans, 1964) when he's hired to find a missing person—well-known black leader Corene Davis. Read full book review >