Daniel Woodrell is an award-winning and bestselling crime writer, most of whose work is set in the Missouri Ozarks, a landscape from his childhood. At one time, he called his books “country noir,” a phrase that has been adopted by commentators on his work. However, Mr. Woodrell in an interview said noir is a term he now tries to avoid when describing his books.
In addition, Mr. Woodrell has had two novels adapted for films. Woe to Live On, was adapted for the 1999 film Ride with the Devil. The more recent Winter’s Bone, was adapted by writer and director Debra Granik for a film of the same title, winning two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including the Grand Jury Prize for a dramatic film, receiving four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Five of his novels have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year