Check out this great interview with Missouri author Daniel Woodrell. He is the author of many novels and short stories. His books deal with life in Southern Missouri and many readers place them in the crime and thriller genre. I learned about his writing from an episode of "No Reservations" with Anthony Bourdain. I have been a fan of Bourdain's shows and writing for quite some time, and I enjoy getting a chance to check out the authors he recommends. I wasn't disappointed by the work of Woodrell and would love to read more of his writing. Check out the link above for a great a interview by lit reactor with the novelist.
Here is another link to information on author Daniel Woodrell via Narrative Magazine. They also have a couple of his short stories that you can read for free online.