Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the true greats, 13 Jan 2014
This review is from: Miami Blues (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Charles Willeford, a fascinating figure, wrote some of the greatest and wierdest pulp of all time, and for me is one of the top three crime writers of all time alongside Leonard and Thompson, so it's great that his work is appearing in the Modern Classics imprint.

The 'Hoke Moseley' trilogy, which he wrote late in his career, are the nearest Willeford got to the traditional detective novel: Hoke, an aging, badly dressed divorcee with a host of faintly comical health issues, nevertheless stoically works through badly fitting dentures and alimony payments to get his man, blithe psychopath Freddie Ferenger. There's a lot of very black humour in the book that was missed in the movie version.

Willeford was influential, along with Leonard, in writing pulp that reflected wider realities and commented on the times, and here we have evoked his trashy 70's-hangover Miami of Cuban street food and polyester clothing. An excellent book and highly recommended, though it's not his bestnovel, which might be blue-collar existentialist classic 'Cockfighter'. You might try 'The Burnt Orange Heresy' too, one of few pulp crime novels that also serves as a meditation on finding meaning within abstract expressionist painting. Like I said, he was an interesting man.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.0 out of 5 stars (41 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (15)
4 star:
 (14)
3 star:
 (9)
2 star:
 (2)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
Used & New from: £143.22
Add to wishlist
Reviewer

A. Miles
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   

Location: Al Khor, Qatar

Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,426