Monday, April 26, 2010

New praise for Daniel Woodrell's TOMATO RED

Tomato Red made me laugh, made me shake my head in amazement, but most of all it made me bloody envious. Modern crime fiction is thick with storytellers, but Daniel Woodrell is that rare beast: a writer.”—Roger Smith, author of Mixed Blood and Wake Up Dead

“The characters in Daniel Woodrell’s Tomato Red speak the poetry of the trailer park in a world where all wisdom is hard-won. Here there are no trust fund babies plagued by ennui. Woodrell’s universe is strictly hard-scrabble, where the only struggle involving identity is the one to keep it concealed. We are better for knowing it.”—Thomas H. Cook, Edgar Award-winning author of The Last Talk with Lola Faye

“There are a handful of writers who are known, read and revered by other writers for the brilliant beauty of their words. Some have become better known—James Lee Burke is an obvious example—but some haven’t yet achieved the wide readership that they deserve. Daniel Woodrell is chief amongst them. He’s created his own niche in the mystery world—‘Ozark Noir’—and he’ll dazzle you with each page. Chandler once wrote his ideal of a private eye and I think it applies to writers as well, certainly to Woodrell: ‘He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.’ Woodrell is the best at what he does and he can equal the best writing in any other world.”—JB Dickey, Seattle Mystery Bookshop (Seattle, WA)

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Tomato Red (originally published in 1998 by Henry Holt) will be reprinted this September by Busted Flush Press (trade paperback; 978-1-935415-06-0; $15), with a new foreword by Edgar Award-winning crime writer Megan Abbott. Read more praise for Tomato Red and The Death of Sweet Mister (trade paperback; 978-1-935415-08-4; $15; March 2011; new foreword by Dennis Lehane) here.

3 comments:

Keith Rawson said...

without question Woodrell is America's great, unheardled novelist; a true, uncomprimising master. I can't wait for these reissues, David.

Mark said...

Thrilled to learn about the reprints. Woodrell's moment may well have arrived, and high time, too.

shullamuth said...

I hope these reprints are just the beginning, and that they herald something new on the horizon.

Adrian McKinty blogs about how rare it is to see blue collar characters written with pathos; we all deserve the chance to read Woodrell for that reason alone. Add to it his brilliant lyricism, and you're talking incomparable literary pleasure.