The book consists of three novels featuring Detective Rene Shade, an ex-boxer turned cop dealing with murder investigations, corruption scandals, and gangs of ex-cons in the Louisiana swamp town of Saint Bruno. "Old fans and new readers alike ought to be grateful....The novels showcase Woodrell's evolution as a writer....Woodrell's The Bayou Trilogy supplies all the pleasure of hard-boiled noir: laconic cynicism, casually colorful characters and a hero whose feet of clay make his dedication to law and order all the more admirable," wrote the reviewer in the Chicago Tribune.
The author of eight novels, Daniel Woodrell was born and now lives in the Missouri Ozarks. He left school and enlisted in the Marines the week he turned seventeen, received his bachelor's degree at age twenty-seven, graduated from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, and spent a year on a Michener Fellowship. 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 in 1999.
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