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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
   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)
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The Which Way Tree (2018)
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The Winter Station (2018)
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Country Dark (2018)
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Kingdomtide (2020)
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The Last Homeland (2020)
(Mountain Trilogy, book 2)
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"A harrowing, respectful novel...Beautiful."
The Night Always Comes (2021)
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"I finished reading this novel dripping with admiration for Willy Vlautin and the tough wonder he has brought forth. The Night Always Comes hits the high-water mark; there is skillful and beautiful objectivity to the writing, characters so real that when they bleed you get a few drops on your sleeve, and a story of economic want and desperation and heart."
The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu (2021)
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