Lou Berney is an accomplished writer, teacher, and liar. He is the author of WHIPLASH RIVER and GUTSHOT STRAIGHT. GUTSHOT STRAIGHT was nominated for a Barry Award and named by Booklist as one of the best debut crime novels of the year. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and the Pushcart Prize anthology, and he has written feature screenplays and created TV pilots for, among others, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Focus Features, ABC and Fox. Currently he teaches writing at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University.