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3.00309259259259 out of 53.00309259259259 out of 53.00309259259259 out of 53.00309259259259 out of 53.00309259259259 out of 5 3.00 (540 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: April 2011 ISBN: 9781470801335
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 1/17/2014

    " I am planning to read this just because Obama is reading it while he's on vacation. Of course, he has been criticized for reading fiction; but, I like to be entertained while I'm on vacation, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat | 1/5/2014

    " I read Woodrell's books in the wrong order. Winter's Bone is so luminous and character-driven, that it's hard to switch into the broader, more violent (seriously!), and faster paced world of the popular hard-boiled murder mystery after that. And I'm a fan of hard-boiled crime fiction! Woodrell does a great job setting up the atmosphere of the bayou, and I do really enjoy the way he sets out former boxer and police detective Rene Shade as his investigating figure and sets him in a family where some are on the shady side of the law (hence the name) and others are devoted to shadiness but seem above board (like his brother, lawyer Francois Shade). I actually would have enjoyed spending more time with this family and less time with the criminal shenanigans that these novellas trace (and chase), which explains why the last book, about Rene Shade's long-absent father getting into trouble with a sadistic killer, appealed to me the most. Each is an enjoyable read, but none is as special as Winter's Bone was throughout, perhaps an unfair generic comparison, though I think some Chandler and Hammett mysteries are as luminous and thought-provoking as anything written in a realistic mode. Regardless, Woodrell nails atmosphere and dialogue, and this book is a fast read, though I kept picking it up and putting it down (hence it took me a long time to get through, which is never really a fair way of evaluating narratives based so much on suspense). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cami Lind | 12/22/2013

    " Really loved this series - a great change of pace! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcleitson Leitson | 12/8/2013

    " Almost through the 1st of the 3 stories and am stunningly impressed with Daniel Woodrell's story construction!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doctorwu51 | 11/23/2013

    " This is a trilogy consisting of three earlier connected novels written at different times. I love Woodrell's work and these books are no exception; in my opinion, the best of the three is "The Ones We Do". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael J. Martens | 9/25/2013

    " I came to Daniel Woodrell through the film, Winter's Bone and The Bayou Trilogy is the first book of his I've read. I cannot put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Cain | 5/10/2013

    " I had not read Woodrell before. He has a gift for description and dialouge. Rene Shade and the Shade family are a true find. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 4/25/2013

    " While on the whole, the three short novels here do not stand up to Winter's Bone, there are moments in each where Woodrell's genuis shines through. All in all, good, gritty, southern crime writing. If you like Woodrell, you'll like this omnibus edition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bentley | 4/7/2013

    " Three books featuring detective Rene Shade. Daniel Woodrell is very talented and a great read. Similar to Burke although I think Cormac McCarthy is a more superior wordsmith. However, Woodrell has a sarcastic way with words which fits this genre well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Corinna | 3/8/2013

    " I really wanted to like this, but found it too wordy for my taste and could only make it through half of 'Under the Bright Lights.' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 8/7/2012

    " Three early mystery novels, more or less, collected in one volume. Good stuff, though Woodrell's writing really improved in Winter's Bone. I read the last novel before, and it reads much better here as part of the whole. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Ross | 4/19/2012

    " Darker than expected, but I really liked it. Wonderful prose kept it fun. Definitely going to read more Woodrell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nik Korpon | 1/21/2012

    " Read the first novel in a couple days. Not the best Woodrell, but that's like considering that every other writer isn't Woodrell. Tight plotting coupled with a horde of miscreants and goddamn do his characters say the coolest things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 1/12/2012

    " The description of details and the dialogue is enough to keep you reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 9/30/2011

    " I looove this guy's writing! Winter's Bone is better than the 3 novels in this book, but these are great too. I just finished the second one--love reading about hillbilly mischief. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 6/9/2011

    " Darker than expected, but I really liked it. Wonderful prose kept it fun. Definitely going to read more Woodrell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 6/6/2011

    " I looove this guy's writing! Winter's Bone is better than the 3 novels in this book, but these are great too. I just finished the second one--love reading about hillbilly mischief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/17/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Itskevinzhang | 2/24/2011

    " Received a copy from Goodreads First Reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 2/15/2011

    " I started reading this the other night, and the heat began climbing in the room. What atmosphere! Great characters and sense of place.
    I'm just going to put this one aside for a bit. Going a little slow. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.