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Lunch Pumphrey, Skeets Benvenuti and a Gang of Other Vicious Tush Hogs

Christopher Tayler: Daniel Woodrell, 10 June 1999

Tomato Red 
by Daniel Woodrell.
No Exit, 225 pp., £10, March 1999, 0 19 019822 2
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... motherfucker’ – it ‘makes you want to discriminate against yourself, basically’. Not that Daniel Woodrell is averse to the odd stereotype himself. Take Dean Pugh, a ‘daffy’ white-trash gangster in Muscle for the Wing: ‘junk-food raised and opposed to dentistry’, he feels compelled to explain after a murder that he ‘hated killin’ a ...

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