Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review: Miami Blues


Miami Blues
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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3 comments:

G-Man said...

Probably my favorite Willeford novel (and that's saying something).

What do you think about the other Hoke Mosley novels (Sideswipe, The Way We Die Now, etc)?

Thomas Pluck said...

Actually, it's my first Willeford novel, so I have a lot of fun ahead of me.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I love all the Hoke Mosely books-they get stranger and stranger.

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