"No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford". (Elmore Leonard). Ex-con Freddy 'Junior' Frenger lands in Miami with three stolen wallets and plans for a new life of crime, and leaves the airport with a snatched suitcase and the corpse of a Hare Krishna behind him. Homicide detective... show more
"No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford". (Elmore Leonard). Ex-con Freddy 'Junior' Frenger lands in Miami with three stolen wallets and plans for a new life of crime, and leaves the airport with a snatched suitcase and the corpse of a Hare Krishna behind him. Homicide detective Hoke Moseley is soon on his case, chasing the utterly immoral Junior and his hooker girlfriend through the Cuban ghettoes, luxury hotels and seedy suburban sprawl of Miami in a game of hide and seek that will leave Hoke beaten, robbed - but determined to get his man. A brutal, thrilling ride, "Miami Blues" is a classic of Florida crime fiction, revealing the sordid side of the Sunshine State. "Pure pleasure...Mr. Willeford never puts a foot wrong". ("The New Yorker"). This is the first in the "Hoke Mosely" series; other titles in Penguin Modern Classics include "New Hope for the Dead", "Sideswipe" and "The Way We Die Now", while fans of the books include Quentin Tarantino, Elmore Leonard and James Lee Burke.
Publish date: August 2nd 2012
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
Series: Hoke Moseley (#1)
Book Reaction (not a full review)I picked up Miami Blues because the author, Charles Willeford, is supposedly one of the core members of the hardboiled/noir canon. I'm not sure what I was expecting; Philip Marlowe in Miami, perhaps.In actuality, Miami Blues focuses mostly on the perspective of the a...
I loved this book. The quirky characters, the weird situations, the interaction. Junior Frenger, a freeloading sociopath recently released from prison, arrives in Miami, where he uses his skills at deception and violence to twist situations into his advantage.Weary police detective Hoke Moseley inve...
The massive coincidence at the beginning almost ruined the book for me. I demand not to be put out of the story... Fortunately what comes next more than makes up for the faltering beginning.Miami Blues is a wonderful novel: off-the-wall, fun, off-target with a clean, sublime prose style. Detective H...