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Under the Bright Lights (original 1986; edition 1998)

by Daniel Woodrell

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Title:Under the Bright Lights
Authors:Daniel Woodrell
Info:Pocket (1998), Paperback, 192 pages
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My book collection is largely composed of authors from the past century, or very close to the beginning of it. The current author, Daniel Woodrell, has displayed a very gifted style in his first book, "Under The Bright Lights" published in 1986. Easily readable, and thoroughly enjoyable, this was a very good read. I am anxious to read more of his books, having also read his "Winter's Bone" and "Death Of Sweet Mister". More than equal style with the best of them, along with current settings = better than the vast majority of most of them. ( )
  tom1955 | Dec 15, 2012 |
Daniel Woodrell’s first novel, Under The Bright Lights, was published in 1986. Rene Shade, a former boxer, is a detective in the fictional southern river city of San Bruno. Crime – both petty and not – abounds. Rene’s brother, Tip, owns a bar and is no stranger to the underworld. His other brother, Francois, works in the District Attorney’s office. Their mother owns a pool hall.

When two murders, including one of a city councilman, threaten to ignite racial tensions between the two areas of San Bruno called Pan Fry and Frogtown, Shade works to solve them quickly. Francois has been tasked to ride herd on Shade to ensure that local power brokers remain untainted by the investigation. Shade senses that Tip knows more than he’s letting on.

Under The Bright Lights is an atmospheric mystery that displays the promise that fully blooms in Woodrell’s later novels. ( )
  Hagelstein | Apr 21, 2011 |
Woodrell sometimes seemed confused whether he wanted to emulate James Lee Burke or Raymond Chandler, alternating from florid prose to hard-bitten, snappy dialog. But that isn't entirely bad. In this debut with detective Rene Shade, he's done a lot right. His plotting is solid, his characters act human, and despite the overwriting at times, his story is a satisfying blend of crime, hot summer nights, bar room intrigue and race in the deep south. ( )
  MugsyNoir | Nov 19, 2010 |
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"You can map out a fight plan or a life plan, but when the acyion starts, it may not go the way you planned, and you're down to your reflexes - that means your [preparation]. That's where your roadwork shows. If you cheated on that in the dark of the morning, well, you're going to get found out now, under the bright lights." - Joe Frazier
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Jewel Cobb had long been a legendary killer in his midnight reveries and now he'd come to the big town to prove that his upright version knew the same techniques and was just as cold.
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