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

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But above all else, The Bayou Trilogy is augmented by the sheer beauty of Woodrell’s writing. If you are looking for a comprehensive compilation of Woodrell’s Rene Shade books, then look no further than The Bayou Trilogy. It’s a modern-day classic.
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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.
 

About Daniel Woodrell

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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.
 
Published April 28, 2011 by Mulholland Books. 478 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sam Millar Sam Millar on Mar 01 2017

But above all else, The Bayou Trilogy is augmented by the sheer beauty of Woodrell’s writing. If you are looking for a comprehensive compilation of Woodrell’s Rene Shade books, then look no further than The Bayou Trilogy. It’s a modern-day classic.

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