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Daniel Woodrell

USA flag (b.1953)

Dan Woodrell comes from a long line of Ozarkers that stretch back before the Civil War. A high school dropout he joined the marine corps at 17. The military and he saw things differently. A period of post military drifting ended up at the University of Kansas and a Michener fellowship at the Iowa Writers School, where he was definitely the odd man out.

He is the author of eight novels including Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, The Ones You Do, Ride With the Devil, Woe To Live On, Give Us A Kiss, Tomato Red and The Death Of Sweet Mister. He lives in West Plains, Missouri.

Genres: Mystery
Rene Shade
   1. Under The bright Lights (1986)
   2. Muscle For The Wing (1988)
   3. The Ones You Do (1992)
   Woe to Live On (1987)
     aka Ride with the Devil
   Give Us a Kiss (1996)
   Tomato Red (1998)
   The Death of Sweet Mister (2001)
   Winter's Bone (2006)
   The Maid's Version (2013)
   The Outlaw Album (2011)
Daniel Woodrell recommends
The Waters (2024)
Bonnie Jo Campbell
"Bonnie Jo Campbell has quietly become one of our best writers. She brings news you haven't heard before, and that's why I read. Her new novel, The Waters, is written in prose strong and lyrical, and tells a story so deeply rooted in a specific place that the accumulation of details approaches the magical."
The Devil Takes You Home (2022)
Gabino Iglesias
"Though a young writer, Gabino Iglesias writes with the authority of a writer who's been down this road many times before. Iglesias' prose is smooth where smooth is called for and rough or a bit mean when smooth won't work."
The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu (2021)
Tom Lin
"Tom Lin’s debut novel is a special pleasure. There’s blood and humor, wit and wide knowledge, in his telling of this revenge odyssey that rambles across the vastness, harshness, and myriad dangers of the Old West. The nuanced prose is firm and evocative, and we have a gritty, luminous, and fantastic take on the era and the people. Ride this one hard, folks, and put it up wet."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Daniel Woodrell
The Best American Mystery Stories 2012 (2012)
(Best American Mystery Stories)
edited by
Robert Crais and Otto Penzler
A Hell of a Woman (2007)
An Anthology of Female Noir
edited by
Megan Abbott
Men from Boys (2003)
edited by
John Harvey

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