Saturday, August 20, 2011
Miami Blues by Charles Willeford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Dark, absurd, and cynical, this tale of an ex-con on a blitz through '80s Miami flows like water. Willeford writes like a Zen master. Detective Hoke Moseley is pathetic, but somehow good company. Junior Frenger is a perfectly conceived psychopath and Susan Waggoner, the abused prostitute he hooks up with, is a mystery. Willeford does so much with spare details. It's not a mystery, it's just a story, about two desperate people who collide with a cop at the bottom of his downward spiral, told as spare and lyrically as a haiku.
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