Miami Blues


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Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publish Date
5.22 X 8.04 X 0.56 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Charles Willeford was a highly decorated (Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Luxembourg Croix de Guerre) tank commander with the Third Army in World War II. He was also a professional horse trainer, boxer, radio announcer, and painter. Willeford, the author of twenty novels, created the Miami detective series featuring Hoke Moseley, which includes Miami Blues, Sideswipe, The Way We Die Now, and New Hope for the Dead. He died in 1988.


"If you are looking for a master's insight into the humid decadence of South Florida and its polygot tribes, nobody does it better than Mr. Willeford." --The New York Times Book Review

"Extraordinarily winning. . . . Pure pleasure. . . . Mr. Willeford never puts a foot wrong." --The New Yorker

"No one write a better crime novel than Charles Willeford." --Elmore Leonard

"A tempo so relentless, words practically fly off the page." --The Village Voice

"The prose is clean and tough and flows easily." --The New York Times Book Review

"A Graham Greene-like entertainment, but tougher and funnier, softened by neither simile nor sentiment. This is probably as close to the real now Miami as any thriller is likely to come." --Donald Justice

"Terse, scary, and evocative, Miami Blues is a thriller with cold blood. . . . Snap up Miami Blues." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Nobody writes like Charles Willeford . . . he is an original-funny and weird and wonderful." --James Crumley

"A nasty crime-comedy that's full of casual violence, outrageous coincidences, and hilariously rude dialogue. . . . Willeford has a marvelously deadpan way with losers on both sides of the law." --Kirkus Reviews

"Absolutely brilliant in every regard-the definitive Miami novel." --Stanley Ellin

"Bone-deep satire . . . terrific." --Publishers Weekly

"A marvelous read. Do yourself a favor and go buy Miami Blues immediately." --Harry Crews

"A top notch crime novel . . . both tough and funny." --The Washington Post (refers to New Hope)

"Hoke Moseley is a magnificently battered hero. Willeford brings him to us lean and hard and brand-new." --Donald E. Westlake