Thursday, July 8, 2010


Dan Chaon -- the National Book Award-shortlisted author of Among the Missing and Await Your Reply -- has some kind words about Daniel Woodrell's The Death of Sweet Mister (being reprinted by BFP in March 2011). At Houston's Murder By The Book (my day job), Chaon's Among the Missing was one of our favorite books of 2009!

"Daniel Woodrell is one of my favorite contemporary writers, and The Death of Sweet Mister is one of his best. His books are often described as 'noir,'and it's true that they are often dark and shocking. But to me, the most shocking thing is the unsentimental tenderness that he brings to his portraits of these deeply troubled characters. This is an incredibly moving book, in addition to being an eye-popping, disturbing, blow-the-top-of-your-head-off work of suspense. I would say it's sort of a masterpiece." -- Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply

Look for Woodrell's Tomato Red from Busted Flush Press in August, and The Death of Sweet Mister next spring. And don't miss one of the indie-film hits of the year, Winter's Bone (based on Woodrell's 2006 novel), in theaters now!


Mark said...

I totally agree with Chaon. It's really hard to overestimate how great both The Death of Sweet Mister and Tomato Red are.

pattinase (abbott) said...

A great writer endorsing another great writer.