The Outlaw Album

In his first collection of short fiction, Daniel Woodrell returns to the Missouri Ozarks of his haunting “country noir” Winter’s Bone — recently adapted as a ruggedly powerful film. These brief, explosive tales are like muzzle flashes in the night, momentarily illuminating a rogues gallery of characters who would be the “bad guys” in any other book. But Woodrell — whose early novel, The Ones You Do, was a B&N Discover Great New Writers selection — assembles these short takes into a compelling mosaic of life on the wrong side of the tracks.