Taxi Driver

When Raymond Knister drowned in the 1930s, he was at the height of his literary career. He had just begun to win major prizes, and had been published across the Atlantic alongside Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway. He had also edited the first collection of Canadian short stories, and was at work on a number of
books before his untimely death.
His sudden death left behind a number of manuscripts. In 2006, Black Moss released the never before published There Was A Mr. Cristi. This new work, also found and never published, except in part in a short story, places the focus upon Knister’s years of driving a taxi in Chicago. This was during the Roaring Twenties, and one can only imagine what life was like in a city dominated by Capone.
Where this novel differs from his others is that it examines life in a large American city with all its hustle and drive for success. In the underbelly of a city marked by crime, this young taxi driver ventures, and out of it emerges with vivid memories. Is it autobiographical? It certainly is, including one tale of being abducted by Chicago thugs.

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