No Exit buys Drive sequel

Indie crime specialist No Exit Press has acquired the sequel to US author James Sallis' Drive, made into a Ryan Gosling film earlier this year. The publisher will also rerelease Sallis' backlist.

Publishing director Ion Mills bought UK and Commonwealth rights (including digital) to Driven from the author's US agent Vicky Bijur through Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein for an undisclosed sum.

The title will be published as a paperback original in June 2012 and follows the nameless protagonist of Drive seven years on as he is forced to face up to his violent past as a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for the mob.

No Exit Press will also relaunch Sallis' 12 backlist titles with a new livery in the same month. The Arizona-based author will be in the UK to promote in May and June.

Mills said: "James is a superb writer and a unique talent. Drive was a breakthrough book and was made into a terrific movie which helped win him a global mainstream audience. The follow-up will be one of the most eagerly awaited crime novels of the year."