Daniel Woodrell is able to lend uncanny logic to harsh, even criminal, behaviour in his wrenching first collection of short fiction.
Desperation - both material and psychological - motivates his characters.
A husband cruelly avenges the murder of his wife's pet; an injured rapist is cared for by a young girl, until she reaches breaking point; a disturbed veteran of Iraq is murdered for his erratic behaviour; an outsider's house is set on fire by an angry neighbour.
There is also the tenderness and loyalty of the vulnerable in these stories - between spouses, parents and children, siblings and comrades in arms - which brings the troubled, sorely tested cast of characters to vivid, relatable life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 05/07/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781444735789