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The Way We Die Now (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 2 Aug 2012

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141199261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141199269
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 936,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Delivers an off-kilter view of venal humanity via inimitable prose... brims with energy and brio (The Times )

Willeford stills knocks most writers into a cocked hat (Leonard, Hiaasen, you name them) (Guardian )

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By Gs-trentham VINE VOICE on 26 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
Miami Blues lef me to The Shark-infested Custard and now to this. Admiration for Willeford grows with each book. Superficially, The Way we Due Now is hard-boiled police procedural, but its investigation of character and motivation reveals an author with rather more to offer. The unconventional family in which Hoke, a police sergeant in deepest Miami, finds himself is portrayed with convincing insight. There is a murder to be solved and there is an assignment that deals in almost casual brutality.

The author writes with an eye for detail that is almost documentary yet somehow does nothing to mar the pace. Political correctness is precisely skewered in passing, and there is some delicious deadpan humour. Towards the end there is a marvellous riff on the theme of the new chief replacing the old new chief. R ead and enjoy.

If this is pulp fiction it is very high class pulp fiction.
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