Author Topic: Charles Willeford  (Read 474 times)

Charles Willeford
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:33:29 PM »
I read 'Miami Blues' a few weeks ago and enjoyed how it was largely told in a way that had empathy for the villain, despite him being a total scumbag. I haven't committed to reading his entire output yet because my stack of other unread stuff is huge, but what should I read next if I do? Start back in his 1950s phase or complete the 80s first?

Here is a good article on him:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2000/05/the-unlikely-father-of-miami-crime-fiction/305143/

Re: Charles Willeford
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2018, 06:26:30 PM »
I really enjoyed The Woman Chaser and The Black Mass of Brother Springer.

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Re: Charles Willeford
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2018, 07:07:27 PM »
The other Hoke Mosely books are all good as I recall. The Burnt Orange Heresy is a really unusual crime novel, a real one off. I remember Cockfighter being good as well.

Re: Charles Willeford
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2018, 12:46:33 AM »
He apparently wrote a career-killing novel about Hoke just fucking losing it and killing everyone, but it remained unpublished. This is a dim memory so will have a google to see if I'm right...

Fuck! It sounds grimmer than I remembered.Can't imagine why he thought this would be the follow-up to Miami Blues. Funny that Hoke goes to see CaB favourite Local Hero at the cinema towards the end of his spree...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimhaven