The Ones You Do. Under the Bright Lights. Give Us A Kiss. Woe to Live On. These are just a few of Daniel Woodrell’s wonderful books. This man should be a bestselling author, held in the same high regard as Michael Connelly, T. Jefferson Parker, George Pelecanos, and Dennis Lehane. But while he’s well-reviewed, he’s not well-read (the same fate befell Ang Lee’s excellent RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, the movie version of Woe to Live On… it went unnoticed by audiences and tanked at the boxoffice). Hardly anybody is aware of him despite the fact he’s one of the best crime writers today…hell, he’s one of the best writers out there in any genre. My brother Tod pointed me to an interview with Woodrell in The Independent. Among his quotes:
"I just really like the verve and muscle of good crime fiction,
the narrative punch of it. The underlying principle of good crime
fiction is an insistence on a kind of root democracy. I’ve always
responded to that notion."