“Berney’s characters . . . are brilliantly drawn . . . the dialogue is crisp and often funny, or laced with irony. Gutshot Straight made Booklist’s 2010 Best Crime Novels list. Whiplash River should be a contender for this year’s list.” on WHIPLASH RIVER
“Like Carl Hiaasen, Berney delights in the cartoonish. Like Elmore Leonard, he can drive a plot. What sets him apart is how well he evokes love, making the romance at the heart of this cinematic book as compelling as the mystery.” on GUTSHOT STRAIGHT
Lou Berney is an accomplished writer, teacher, and liar who has written feature screenplays and created TV pilots for Warner Brothers, Paramount, Focus Features, ABC, and Fox, among others. His short fiction has appeared in the NewYorker, Ploughshares, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and other publications. His first novel, Gutshot Straight, was named one of the ten best debut crime novels of the year by Booklist and nominated for a Barry Award.