The Bayou Trilogy

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


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


Author: David Geherin

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476619182

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

View: 7130

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


Author: Jean W. Cash,Keith Perry

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1496804961

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 6198

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 Ones You Do


Author: Daniel Woodrell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671001353

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

View: 8668

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

The Callahan Brothers Trilogy

Blue Bayou, River Road, Magnolia Moon


Author: JoAnn Ross

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439139091

Category: Fiction

Page: 900

View: 3566

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.



Author: Lisa Coots

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780990766926


Page: 270

View: 3044

Fleeing a disastrous marriage, Faith Bertrand Williams returned to her home town of Cypress Point to put her life back together. Her family and her job at Gil's Diner kept the blues at bay through the long, gray Louisiana winter. Now she's desperately waiting for spring, her divorce papers, and for her lunkheaded brother to pop the question to her best friend Claire. Jake Fusilier has been biding his time, working his farm and playing music, while navigating a string of dead end relationships. He's been secretly waiting for Faith to come home since the day she left. Coming to her rescue on a gravel road gives him the opportunity to rekindle the flame of their young love. Can the music in his heart help heal what drove her away so many years ago? Should he dare to hope for a future that includes Faith? In this second installment of the haunting Coeur du Bayou trilogy, the ghostly happenings escalate. More clues are revealed as a timeless tragic love story deepens. Serena, ever the free spirited advisor, believes that Faith holds the key to the mystery of the crying ghost. Can Faith help unravel the haunted past of the house and forever silence those restless spirits in the heart of the bayou?

Midnight Caller


Author: Leslie Tentler

Publisher: MIRA

ISBN: 9781426884313

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 7888

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.