James Sallis is an American author best known for writing and creating the Lew Griffin series of books. He is also the author of Drive which was later adapted into a film that was recognized at the Cannes film festival.

James grew up in Arkansas on the banks of Mississippi. His brother, John, is a philosopher who has also published numerous books. In addition to writing, James worked as a reviewer for numerous periodicals over the years. Sallis is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from Bouchercon, the Hammett Award for literary excellence in crime writing, and the Grand Prix de Littérature policière

Publication Order of Lew Griffin Books

The Long-Legged Fly (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Moth (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Hornet (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Eye of the Cricket (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bluebottle (1999)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ghost of a Flea (2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Turner Books

Cypress Grove (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cripple Creek (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Salt River (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Drive Books

Drive (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Driven (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Renderings (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Will Have Your Eyes (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Killer Is Dying (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Others of My Kind (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Willnot (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sarah Jane (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Guitar Players: One Instrument and Its Masters in American Music (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Guitar in Jazz: An Anthology (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ash of Stars (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Difficult Lives (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gently into the Land of the Meateaters (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chester Himes: A Life (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Difficult Lives Hitching Rides (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Collections

Sorrow's Kitchen Poems (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Time's Hammers: The Collected Short Fiction of James Sallis (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A City Equal to My Desire (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Limits of the Sensible World (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Potato Tree (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rain's Eagerness (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Night's Gonna Catch Me Here (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Night's Pardons (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

Breaking Windows(2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Books to Die For(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Borderland Noir(2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Highway Kind(2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

If You Like James Sallis Books, You’ll Love…

Drive is the book by Sallis that later became a hit movie starring Ryan Gosling. The book tells the story of Driver, a man who does stunt driving by day and then spends his night driving for criminals. He’s one of the best drivers you will ever see as he maintains laser focus on the job and lives completely in the moment. He doesn’t participate in violence, he just drives, but when he is double-crossed by those who hired him for a job – he will end up breaking that rule.

Sallis is also the author of Sarah Jane. The title character has a complicated history, but she doesn’t let that get in the way of being a good cop. This book is an interesting character study as it covers Sarah’s life from her early days on the chicken farm, to running away, to a stint in the army, and a failed marriage. Ultimately, the story leads her to how she become the sheriff of this small town and her investigation into the disappearance of the sheriff she replaced. This is another classic noir from Sallis that tells of the tender aspects of human nature.

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