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5.0 out of 5 stars A hoot from beginning to end, 7 Mar 2001
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The scary and funny thing about Willeford's 4 anti-heroes in "Shark Infested Custard" is how easy they perform and justify horribly amoral acts and how easily we accept the inevitability of those acts. Willeford paints brilliant characters whose ambitions seem to centre round hedonistic habits with no responsibility. Their attitude to and treatment of female partners is brutally impersonal, little evolved from caveman and yet they are amusing and at times fundamentally likeable. Hank's psychological profiling is hilarious. This is a good argument for tighter controls on guns in USA. Tarrantino should buy up the film rights quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charles Willeford's Best Book, 21 Nov 1997
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Willeford himself considered this his best book and if you read it you'll see why. Technically a novel, the book is really short storie with the same characters--four sociopathic swingers in Miami. Set in the seventies, the plot may have been too risque for its time, but with movies like Pulp Fiction and In the Company of Men invading our pop culture the bleak story is more timely than ever. A masterpiece of crime fiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Discursive but amoral fun, 30 Dec 2012
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Having discovered Willeford from Miami Blues, I hurried to the Shark-Infested Custard which is more of the same. This time four guys have adjoining apartments, share a louche social life, drift apart, come together again. Their tales are told from individual viewpoints, a tricky technique brought off with some flair.

Theres is dark humour, there are murders and beatings, the protagonists emerge as bad men with good instincts or good men with bad habits - the interpretation may vary from reader to reader. Occasionally, Willeford indulges in a showy set-piece that might have been irritating had it not been done so well: the boss trying to move on an underling who doesn't want to go is a splendid example.

Willeford is not for all tastes but will entertain those who can sublimate their scruples for a couple of hundred pages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Did Tarantino read this?!?, 13 Sep 2003
Pulp fiction, was never criticised as being before its time, all though Shark infested custard, surely would've been, the intercrossing style of narrative bears unusaul simmilarities with a certain palme d'or winner, The storys brief and poignant entertain and assist the musketeers all for one style premise, painting an entertaining picture of male america
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The Shark-Infested Custard (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Charles Ray Willeford (Paperback - 6 Dec 2005)
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