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Chris Offutt


Chris Offutt

Chris Offutt is the author of the short-story collections KENTUCKY STRAIGHT and OUT OF THE WOODS, the novels THE GOOD BROTHER and THE KILLING HILLS, and three memoirs: THE SAME RIVER TWICE, NO HEROES and MY FATHER, THE PORNOGRAPHER. His work has appeared in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays, among many other places. He has written screenplays for "Weeds," "True Blood" and "Treme," and has received fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations.

Chris Offutt

Books by Chris Offutt

by Chris Offutt - Fiction, Literary Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Mick Hardin, a combat veteran now working as an Army CID agent, is home on a leave that is almost done. His wife is about to give birth, but they aren’t getting along. His sister, newly risen to sheriff, has just landed her first murder case, and local politicians are pushing for city police or the FBI to take the case. Are they convinced she can’t handle it, or is there something else at work? She calls on Mick who, with his homicide investigation experience and familiarity with the terrain, is well-suited to staying under the radar. As he delves into the investigation, he dodges his commanding officer’s increasingly urgent calls while attempting to head off further murders. And he needs to talk to his wife.

by Chris Offutt - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Tucker, a young veteran, returns from the Korean War to work for a bootlegger. He falls in love and starts a family, and while the Tuckers don’t have much, they have the love of their home and each other. But when his family is threatened, Tucker is pushed into violence, which changes everything. COUNTRY DARK is the story of people living off the land and by their wits in a backwoods Kentucky world of shine-runners and laborers whose social codes are every bit as nuanced as the British aristocracy.

by Chris Offutt - Memoir, Nonfiction

When Andrew Offutt died, his son, Chris, inherited a desk, a rifle and 1,800 pounds of porn. Andrew had been considered the “king of 20th century smut,” a career that began as a strategy to pay for his son’s orthodontic needs and soon took on a life of its own, peaking during the ’70s when the commercial popularity of the erotic novel was at its height. Over one long summer in his hometown, helping his mother move out of the house, Chris began to examine his deceased father’s possessions and realized he finally had an opportunity to come to grips with the mercurial man he always feared but never understood.