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The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell
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Mar 16, 11

bookshelves: crime, murder, mystery, mystery-adventure-thriller
Read in March, 2011

Three crime novels are collected in this book chronicling the gritty life of Detective Rene Shade. His portion of hell on earth is the Parish of St. Bruno, Louisiana. A place where the wildlife on the streets is ever bit as dangerous as that in the bayou. Shade is part French and part Irish with the temperament of a Louisiana gator. He got his education on the streets and in the ring. The fact that he turned out working for the law instead of against it is still a subject of talk in many corners of the parish. Shade has more twists and moods than the Mississippi winding through the bayous. One minute he is tender and reflective, the next he is smashing someones face in with his fists. The author, Daniel Woodrell is a master of the turn of a phrase. He can paint a picture with words that makes you feel the bayou swamp water seep through your cloths and into your shorts. You can feel the pressure of the heavy rays of the sun beating down on you, squeezing the sweat from your pores, like juice through a cheesecloth. If you want a thrill ride through the bayou, latch on to Detective Rene Shade as he fights crime Louisiana style. This book provided for review by the good folks at Library Thing and Mulholland Books
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