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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.


It brings us all the satisfactions of crime thriller and mystery...The beauty lies in the loveable and wholly believable character of Ree
<i>Guardian</i> on WINTER'S BONE
A suspicion grows that you are reading the sort of book D.B.C Pierre's Vernon God Little might have been, had it been five times as keenly observed and deeply felt
<i>The Times</i> on WINTER'S BONE
'Woodrell is a marvellous writer'
Roddy Doyle
'Woodrell throws down sentences that will leave you amazed'
Charles Frazier
'Reading this will make you feel that you walk on very, very thin ice, and know that chaos is very, very close. Such knowledge has many consequences, one of them is exhilaration'
Niall Griffiths, <i> Observer </i>on WINTER'S BONE
'Brutal, violent and completely gripping'
<i>Independent on Sunday </i> on WINTER'S BONE