The Bayou Trilogy

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

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Author: Daniel Woodrell

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316190551

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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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.

Small Towns in Recent American Crime Fiction

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Author: David Geherin

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476619182

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

View: 2010

Small towns have long been a commonplace setting in cozy mysteries, but in recent years writers of realistic crime fiction have discovered fresh possibilities in small town settings. There they can take advantage of distinct facets of small town life—a sense of community, slower pace of life, proximity to nature—and yet deal with social, economic and environmental issues. Because crimes in small communities hit closer to home, the human element can better be emphasized. This book focuses on the work of ten contemporary authors who have placed small towns like Rocksburg, Pennsylvania (K. C. Constantine), West Table, Missouri (Daniel Woodrell), Niniltna, Alaska (Dana Stabenow), Aurora, Minnesota (William Kent Krueger), Paradise, Michigan (Steve Hamilton), Millersburg, Ohio (P. L. Gaus), Heartsdale, Georgia (Karin Slaughter), Millers Kill, New York (Julia Spencer-Fleming), Durant, Wyoming (Craig Johnson), and a number of national parks (Nevada Barr) on the map of American crime fiction.

Rough South, Rural South

Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

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Author: Jean W. Cash,Keith Perry

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1496804961

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Essays in Rough South, Rural South describe and discuss the work of southern writers who began their careers in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. They fall into two categories. Some, born into the working class, strove to become writers and learned without benefit of higher education, such writers as Larry Brown and William Gay. Others came from lower- or middle-class backgrounds and became writers through practice and education: Dorothy Allison, Tom Franklin, Tim Gautreaux, Clyde Edgerton, Kaye Gibbons, Silas House, Jill McCorkle, Chris Offutt, Ron Rash, Lee Smith, Brad Watson, Daniel Woodrell, and Steve Yarbrough. Their twenty-first-century colleagues are Wiley Cash, Peter Farris, Skip Horack, Michael Farris Smith, Barb Johnson, and Jesmyn Ward. In his seminal article, Erik Bledsoe distinguishes Rough South writers from such writers as William Faulkner and Erskine Caldwell. Younger writers who followed Harry Crews were born into and write about the Rough South. These writers undercut stereotypes, forcing readers to see the working poor differently. The next pieces begin with those on Crews and Cormac McCarthy, major influences on an entire generation. Later essays address members of both groups—the self-educated and the college-educated. Both groups share a clear understanding of the value of working-class southerners. Nearly all of the writers hold a reverence for the South’s landscape and its inhabitants as well as an affinity for realistic depictions of setting and characters.

The Callahan Brothers Trilogy

Blue Bayou, River Road, Magnolia Moon

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Author: JoAnn Ross

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439139091

Category: Fiction

Page: 900

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Set in steamy Blue Bayou, Louisiana, The Callahan Brothers features three sexy siblings and the fascinating women who fall in love with them. ?? Blue Bayou: Danielle Dupree and Jack Callahan both grew up in Blue Bayou, Louisiana; Danielle was the closest thing the community ever had to a princess, and Jack was the sexy bad-boy son of her wealthy father's housekeeper. Dani and Jack had a steamy love affair as teenagers, until Dani’s father, Judge Dupree, sends Jack away. Thirteen years later Dani returns to Blue Bayou as a widow with a young son. Jack too, has returned, having purchased the former Dupree home, the grand and stately Beau Soleil with hopes of restoring it to its former glory. A former DEA agent, Jack is now a bestselling writer. But even as their passion reignites, Dani and Jack know that secrets hang in the air…and that the past may ruin their second chance at a once-in-a-lifetime love. River Road: Free-spirited actress Julia Summers has wanted to be a Bond Girl all her life, so landing the role of Carma Sutra in the newest James Bond movie is a dream come true. But before she can head off to Katmandu to start her new role, she has to wrap up the season of the nighttime soap opera on which she plays a vixen. The cast is on location in Blue Bayou, LA when Julia begins to receive potentially threatening fan letters. Not wanting to put his star (and the show) at risk, the director hires no-nonsense FBI Agent Finn Callahan to act as a bodyguard. Julia and Finn soon discover that despite their differences, there's an undeniable attraction between them. Magnolia Moon: Detective Regan Hart’s life turns upside down when her dying mother confesses that Regan was adopted. Determined to learn the truth about her past, she travels to Blue Bayou to piece together her birth mother’s mysterious death and figure out the identity of her real father. The mayor of Blue Bayou, Nate Callahan, has always loved Southern belles. And they’ve always loved him right back. But when Regan comes to town, he finds himself drawn to the no-nonsense cop. And although she initially dismisses him as a rogue, Regan can’t help noticing a deeper side to Nate. With Nate’s help, Regan delves deep into her mysterious past—and ends up learning more about her family, her heart, and herself than she had ever expected.

Midnight Caller

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Author: Leslie Tentler

Publisher: MIRA

ISBN: 9781426884313

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Late-night radio-show psychologist Rain Sommers is used to the crazies who call in to rage from the back alleys of the French Quarter and the shadows of the bayou. But one caller's chilling obsession with her and her long-ago murdered mother—an iconic singer beloved among the city's Goth community—has even the jaded Rain running scared as a sadistic serial killer known as the Vampire prowls New Orleans. FBI agent Trevor Rivette is convinced her midnight caller and the killer are one and the same. As it becomes disturbingly clear that the Vampire has a sick bloodlust only Rain can satisfy, she allows Trevor to get closer and closer. But he soon discovers that his secretive past and troubled present are intertwined—and that he may die trying to keep Rain's fate out of a madman's control.

Midnight Bayou

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Author: Nora Roberts

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101146545

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents a novel set deep in the bayou of Louisiana—where the only witness to a long-ago tragedy is a once-grand house… Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. Ever since he first saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted—and obsessed—with it. Determined to restore the mansion to its former splendor, Declan begins the daunting renovation room by room. But the days spent in total isolation in the empty house take a toll. He is seeing visions of days from a century past and experiencing sensations of terror and nearly unbearable grief. Local legend has it that the house is haunted, and with every passing day Declan's belief in the ghostly presence grows. Only the companionship of alluring Angelina Simone can distract him from the mysterious happenings in the house, but Angelina has her own surprising connection to Manet Hall—a connection that will help Declan uncover a secret that's been buried for a hundred years. From the Paperback edition.

The Ones You Do

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Author: Daniel Woodrell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671001353

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

View: 3664

On the lam with his second wife and $47,000 of Lunch Pumphrey's ill-gotten gains, former pool shark John X. Shade flees to the steamy bayou town of St. Bruno and to the wife and kids he abandoned years before

Blue Bayou

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Author: JoAnn Ross

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 074344292X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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JoAnn Ross, one of the fastest-rising stars in contemporary romance, begins a stunning trilogy that showcases her extraordinary storytelling ability and introduces the unforgettable, moss-draped splendor of Blue Bayou. Danielle Dupree, daughter of a prominent judge, was the closest thing to a princess the sleepy Louisiana town of Blue Bayou ever had. Her passionate teenage love affair with Jack Callahan was cut short for reasons that were never clear to Dani -- but were all too obvious to Jack, the sexy bad-boy son of Judge Dupree's housekeeper. Thirteen years later Dani, a widow with a son, comes home to start a new life and is surprised that Jack, too, has moved back to the Bayou. A former DEA agent who is now a bestselling author, Jack has bought Dani's childhood home, Beau Soleil. But even as their passion reignites, Dani and Jack know that secrets hang in the air...and that the past may ruin their second chance at a once-in-a-lifetime love.