True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto Redux: Between Here and the Yellow Sea


In a previous post, I wrote about Nic Pizzolatto’s career up to his development of the HBO Series True Detective and focused in particular on his novel Galveston. I have just finished his short-story collection, Between Here and the Yellow Sea, and especially for a debut collection, it is astonishingly accomplished. Little wonder that most of the stories in the collection had been published initially in some of the most highly regarded literary journals, that several of them have received awards, and that the collection has received very laudatory reviews.

The collection includes just nine stories, but it is more than 260 pages long. So these are substantial pieces of work, with several approaching novella length. The stories are very readable, with a surface facileness that contrasts with their thematic density. Most of the stories employ the most striking structural feature of both True Detective and Galveston—a…

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