Search Results: "James Sallis"


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THE KILLER IS DYING by James Sallis
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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SALT RIVER by James Sallis
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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CRIPPLE CREEK by James Sallis
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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

"Likely target audience: people who think James Lee Burke's moody Dave Robicheaux novels are overplotted."
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 >

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WILLNOT by James Sallis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"A brisk and sure-handed treat."
From veteran Sallis (Others of My Kind, 2013, etc.) comes this short, charming novel that's part noir mystery and part small-town slice of life. Read full book review >

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GENTLY INTO THE LAND OF THE MEATEATERS by James Sallis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 15, 2000

"From literary and emotional standpoints, the essays are charming and memorable."
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. Read full book review >

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

"The reward for patient readers is a finely poetic quality to every understated scene—despite a cargo of allusions to Voznesensky, Cendrars, Pavese, Cavafy, MacLeish, Apollinaire, and Homer."
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. Read full book review >

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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 >

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

"Some good writing, a few strong scenes, but a story woefully underplotted, determinedly nonlinear, and as tricky to catch hold of as, say, a frightened fly."
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 >

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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 >

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CYPRESS GROVE by James Sallis
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >