The Bayou Trilogy: Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, and The Ones You Do

The Bayou Trilogy: Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, and The Ones You Do

by Daniel Woodrell

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The Bayou Trilogy: Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, and The Ones You Do by Daniel Woodrell

A hard-hitting, critically acclaimed trilogy of crime novels from an author about whom New York magazine has written, "What people say about Cormac McCarthy ... goes double for [Woodrell]. Possibly more."

In the parish of St. Bruno, sex is easy, corruption festers, and double-dealing is a way of life. Rene Shade is an uncompromising detective swimming in a sea of filth.

As Shade takes on hit men, porn kings, a gang of ex-cons, and the ghosts of his own checkered past, Woodrell's three seminal novels pit long-entrenched criminals against the hard line of the law, brother against brother, and two vastly different sons against a long-absent father.

THE BAYOU TRILOGY highlights the origins of a one-of-a-kind author, a writer who for over two decades has created an indelible representation of the shadows of the rural American experience and has steadily built a devoted following among crime fiction aficionados and esteemed literary critics alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316133654
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/28/2011
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 566,325
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Five of Daniel Woodrell's eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.

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The Bayou Trilogy: Under the Bright Lights; Muscle for the Wing; and The Ones You Do 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
Three crime novels are collected in this book chronicling the gritty life of Detective Rene Shade. His portion of hell on earth is the Parish of St. Bruno, Louisiana. A place where the wildlife on the streets is ever bit as dangerous as that in the bayou. Shade is part French and part Irish with the temperament of a Louisiana gator. He got his education on the streets and in the ring. The fact that he turned out working for the law instead of against it is still a subject of talk in many corners of the parish. Shade has more twists and moods than the Mississippi winding through the bayous. One minute he is tender and reflective, the next he is smashing someones face in with his fists. The author, Daniel Woodrell is a master of the turn of a phrase. He can paint a picture with words that makes you feel the bayou swamp water seep through your cloths and into your shorts. You can feel the pressure of the heavy rays of the sun beating down on you, squeezing the sweat from your pores, like juice through a cheesecloth. If you want a thrill ride through the bayou, latch on to Detective Rene Shade as he fights crime Louisiana style. This book provided for review by the good folks at Library Thing and Mulholland Books
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I had high hopes for these novels after reading Winter's Bone but the narrative just fell apart. Skip these and spend your time instead reading worthwhile fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No where close to the depth of Winter's Bone.
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Great prose and strong story line
Zipcat More than 1 year ago
Lots of local color and laid-back style. I enjoyed it. Interestingly enough, I bought this book because President Obama did. Don't that beat all.
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I enjoyed this collection, however, I found myself struggling to finish it. The stories did get better as the collection evolved, with the third story being the best with the most well fleshed out characters. obviously, we see the writer develop through the stories and even though they are brief with very abrupt endings I wish there was just a bit more falling action to each story rather than ending almost immediately following the climax.
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*follows*