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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (539 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Woodrell Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bayou Trilogy Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s poetry in Woodrell’s mayhem, each novel—and scene—full of gritty and memorable Cajun details.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Combining three earlier works all set in the low-down parish of St. Bruno, this [trilogy] should prove to readers of crime fiction everywhere that the author of Winter’s Bone is a sharp and wondrous writer.”

    Library Journal

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brandon | 2/20/2014

    " The novels themselves were quite short, and I'm not sure how much I would have enjoyed them separately, but they made for a compelling whole. It's a trite way of putting it, but Woodrell's early books read like Elmore Leonard filtered through the sensibilities of an MFA-trained writer (which Woodrell was--Iowa, no less). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 2/10/2014

    " I expected to enjoy this trilogy more than I did. I think the problem for me is that the stories are very much character driven rather than plot driven, and the central character (Rene Shade, the tough guy detective cliche) just wasn't particularly interesting. Out the three novels, the last (The Ones you Do) was my favourite, mainly because it centres on Rene's errant father "John X", a charismatic old (ex)pool hustler, who is far more entertaining than Rene ever could be. Also it has by far the best ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clay Nichols | 2/9/2014

    " Read the whole trilogy in one gulp. Woodrell conjures a whole-cloth coon-ass countryside, replete with every shade of lowlife. And every lowlife Shade is a gem. Rene Shade, iffy cop and native son, carries the first two novels, but his dad arrives with young daughter in tow to enliven the third novel. Though the first two books are well constructed and full of dialog that sizzles with local flavor, the third book holds hints of where this Winter's Bone author is headed. The elder Shade rips off some neologisms that I won't soon forget -- "stragedy" being my favorite. While the first two novels are more along the line of thriller/procedurals, the third is more along the line of No Country for Old Men, with unlikely criminals fleeing a relentless killer. The final scene is as elegiac as I've read in many years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/3/2014

    " What brings me back to Woodrell is his ability to set a place and a mood and complete root the reader in them. The term "southern noir" is a perfect fit and his characters are both classic and wholly original. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Woodrell

Daniel Woodrell lives in the Missouri Ozarks near the Arkansas state line. His five most recent novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel. Two novels have been adapted as major motion pictures: Woe to Live On, filmed in 1999 by Ang Lee as Ride with the Devil, starring Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich, and Winter’s Bone, a 2010 film accepted to the US dramatic competition category at the Sundance Film Festival.