The Driver

Hart Hanson. Dutton, $26 (352p) ISBN 978-1-10-198636-3
Los Angeles limousine driver Michael Skellig, the hero of Hanson’s nimbly plotted first novel, has spent the past 28 hours ferrying around Bismarck Avila, a celebrity skateboard mogul. A former Special Forces sergeant, Michael is waiting outside a Santa Monica hotel for his client when he believes he hears the voice of the Chechen torturer he killed a decade before in Yemen warning him of danger. He runs inside the hotel just in time to save Avila—but not one of his bodyguards—from two gunmen. Michael wakes up hours later in the hospital only to discover that the police suspect him of the murder. Avila will vouch for Michael with the LAPD—if Michael agrees to become his full-time personal chauffeur. But the job is more than just driving Avila: Michael needs to find—and stop—the person who’s targeting the skateboarder. Hanson, creator of the TV series Bones, melds well-placed bits of humor with a serious look at the emotional trials of returning veterans. The energetic plot demands a sequel. Agents: Eve Attermann and Claudia Ballard, William Morris Endeavor. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 05/29/2017
Release date: 08/08/2017
Genre: Fiction
Library Binding - 500 pages - 978-1-68324-565-0
Ebook - 978-1-101-98638-7
Audio Product - 978-1-101-98637-0
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