Big DriverDVD - 2014
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Tess on her writing, P1 of2:
Homicide. Homicide. Let's talk about murder and mayhem... As they are the flip side of the American dream. I'm often asked if I draw my characters from real life. The truth is, my strange and diabolical aunts, who live for awful gossip, are the inspiration for the willow grove knitting society. As to my other characters ... I'm a little embarrassed to say this... Um, ever since I was a little kid, I had these voices in my head... all kinds... Men, women, old, young, this mysterious corral of people I've never met. So I was either gonna end up in a padded cell or published... One or the other. I think the most important thing about writing is that an author knows about human nature...
Tess on her writing, P2 of2:
The contradictions we all have, the lies we pretend are truths, the fears that we pretend are strengths, the greed and revenge that we have that we don't admit to ourselves. In my books... Like in my life, I guess... Logic is king. Or I guess, in my case, the queen.
Okay, so, a murderer drowns his victim with a mouthful of snow. You get it'? It melts. No evidence.
Can't go to Siam... It was renamed Thailand in 1948.
As your most finely-realized character, Doreen Marquis, says in "The Willow Grove Knitting Society Goes to Dallas," the two best things in life are warm croissants...
-"warm croissants and a quick way home."
And a quick way home.
A bad boyfriend is worse than a serpent's tooth.
-What? Where ls that from?
The bible? Dr. Phil? Anyway, we broke up.
-Yeah, that's what a lot of women say, and then they go back. A guy who does it once... You can't count the times.
You don't look good.
-Well, if I had an ex and he came for a surprise visit, I'd probably look
exactly like this.
You're always tripping.
-Well, I'm a writer... I get preoccupied,
I'll get an a.L.D.S. Test, get checked for stds, but that's it. No one is going to know about this. Once it's out, some will say I asked for it. I have nothing
to be ashamed of. But I know how it works.
I don't sell guns. I sell peace of mind.
I was afraid
What if he has a girlfriend... a wife?
-Guys like that don't have wives... not ones who stick around... there's only one woman in his life... and she's dead
How's the tire?
-Round. With lots of little... Tiny words on the side of it.
I strongly recommend that you get started. "Soonest begun, soonest done."
Never tell a writer their stuff is crap. It brings out the worst in us.
Don't lie to me, mommy. I saw it in your eyes when you came to the door.
It will confirm that you failed in three ways. One, your plan didn't work. Ergo, your agenda and goals are in ruin. Two, when caught, you will face a legal quagmire, a hurtling fall from grace, likely imprisonment, and, of course, the possibility of a dreary cell mate and my consequent refusal to visit you, since I abhor wretched settings. Last but not least, three... You are condemned to live with the excruciating truth that, despite your astute mind, you overlooked something.
Better a straight shot through robin hood's forest than all the way around it.
If you're losing your mind and pm you, why are you making such good suggestions?
Uh, was he big? Was he real big?
-Uh, like giant.
Oh, that's "big driver"
Logic will only get us so far in solving a crime... We must understand the emotion motivating it in order to comprehend why people do the unthinkable. Because in the absence of logic, we all make some of the most profound choices of our lives.
We can't always be polite and... And logical, can we? Sometimes it's just about friggin' payback.
I guess I was always violent deep down. I denied it like most of us do, but lt let me dream up 12 novels where people were murdered in cold blood, so that didn't come from nowhere.
I've just sent myself to hell.
-Well, point taken. But why not make sure the other guy gets there first, hmm'?
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