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

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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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and even though it may be called a Rene Shade book, the story is essentially that of John X.’s life.

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St. Bruno is created out of whole cloth, yet the power of Woodrell's prose is such that one becomes almost instantly familiar with the city and its inhabitants after reading but a few chapters of UNDER THE BRIGHT LIGHTS, which introduces not only St. Bruno but also the Shade brothers.

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Shade hails from the fictional Louisiana city of San Bruno: “a city of many neighborhoods, Frogtown and Pan Fry being the largest and most fabled, and great numbing stretches of anonymous, bland, and nearly affluent subdivisions.” These neighborhoods are sharply divided along ethnic lines with th...

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Chicago Tribune

By the time Woodrell wrote the final novel, The Ones You Do (1992), he was less interested in the crime plot than in the family arc of the dysfunctional Shades.

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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.

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