The Driver's Seat (1970) is the first Muriel Spark novel I have read, thanks to Nick Hornby's praise in his collection of books read, More Baths Less Talking. There are some caustic observations about time and place that I found entertaining throughout the novel: hippies, macrobiotic diets, counterculture, etc. But it is a taut psychological thriller, which doesn't become completely apparent until late in the novella. I found the main character, Lise, difficult to relate to and somewhat of a cipher. But I expect that was Spark's aim. I can see similarities to Patrica Highsmith in the psychological depictions of characters and in the execution of the plot in this novel. And I expect I will read more by Spark, because like Hornby, I am drawn to well-written short novels, especially crime novels.