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CHARACTERS Miami Blues

Sed and with his jaw wired shut He thinks back over ten years of cases wondering who would want to beat him into unconsciousness steal his gun and badge and most importantly make off with his prized dentures But the pieces never uite add up to revenge and the few clues he has keep connecting to a di. With Miami Blues veteran crime fiction writer Charles Willeford introduces Miami Homicide detective Hoke Moseley who has to rank as one of the most uniue and interesting fictional homicide cops ever to work a case He s middle aged divorced poverty stricken because of the divorce and living in a crappy hotel room He s not particularly attractive and has little luck with women Did I mention that he wears dentures which he seems to be losing all too often Still for all that he s a very sympathetic character and you can t help rooting for the guyAs the book opens an ex con named Junior Frenger arrives at Miami International Junior is a psychopath with big ambitions and as he s walking through the airport he accidentally kills a Hare Krishna who has annoyed him Junior steals some luggage checks into a hotel and makes a date with a hooker The hooker turns out to be a fairly spacey community college student named Suzie Waggoner who immediately falls for Junior s line of BS and moves in with himHoke Moseley is assigned the murder case and manages to track down Suzie and Junior whom he suspects of the crime Proving it will be another matter altogether and the dynamics among the three principal characters are very interesting and entertainingThis is an off beat crime novel with moments both serious and hilariously funny and fans of crime fiction who haven t yet discovered Willeford might want to search out this book Fortunately the entire Hoke Moseley series has recently been released in brand new editions which are easy to findAs a final note an excellent movie was made from this novel starring Alec Baldwin as Junior and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Suzie Fred Ward plays Hoke and is perfectly cast in the role This is one of those rare cases when the movie really does do justice to the book

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Miami Blues

Mwitted hooker and her ex con boyfriend and the bizarre murder of a Hare Krishna pimpChronically depressed constantly strapped for money always willing to bend the rules a bit Hoke Moseley is hardly what you think of as the perfect cop but he is one of the the greatest detective creations of all tim. I just want to go back to Okeechobee All I ve had is trouble of some kind or other ever since I came down here What I d say if you asked me about Miami I d say it s not a good place for a single girl to beSusan Waggoner has reasons aplenty to complain She s barely in her twenties and she s already a runaway from her small town in the Glades has been abused by her own brother had an abortion followed by a budding career in prostitution And that s all before she gets caught in a deadly game between Miami Police Sergeant Hoke Moseley and a ruthless criminal just landed from California Frederick J Frenger who prefered to be called Junior instead of Freddy was twenty eight years old He looked older because his life had been a hard one the lines at the corners of his mouth seemed too deep for a man in his late twenties His eyes were a dark shade of blue and his untrimmed blond eyebrows were almost white His nose had been broken and reset poorly but some women considered him attractive His skin was unblemished and deeply tanned from long afternoons spent in the yard at San uentin At five nine he should have had a slighter build but prolonged sessions with weights pumping iron in the yard as well as playing handball had built up his chest shoulders and arms to almost grotesue proportions He had developed his stomach muscles to the point that he could stand arms akimbo and roll them in waves I have chosen this long passage for two reasons first the novel spends much time inside the insane head of Freddy than in the company of Hoke Moseley this is not a spoiler and no mystery actually since we are following the events as they develop and not investigating them after the murder and secondly I really like the style of presentation hard edged but with the occasional flash of black humour eminently readable that s why the term page turner was invented Willeford knows best how to fade in the background and let his characters determine the dialogue and the style of presentationFreddy is also the reason I didn t add the final star to my review he is well constructed for a psychopat but I disliked him intensely right from the start with his casual atitude towards violence and total disregard for other people s property He feels entitled to grab everything he can seeing himself as a wolf among sheep He is completely self absorbed and ready to use his new girlfriend Susan both as a sex toy platonic marriage means something else than what I learned in school for Freddy and as his criminal accomplice You use that word a lot What word Fair Now that you re twenty years old Only by one month you d better forget about things like fair and unfair Even when people talk about the weather fair doesn t mean anything In the opposite corner sits Hoke Moseley an experienced criminal investigator cut from the same cloth as the classic hard boiled gumshoes divorced alcoholic cynical heavy fisted He s got the blues big time justifying the title of this first installment in the series dedicated to him Any way he looked at it it was a rotten business may refer both to the current affair and to his life in general who is not satisfied to kick him in the teeth but goes on to stamp on them throw them out windows and steal them it s a sort of running joke in the book with his false denturesThe third main actor in the drama is the city of Miami called in one of the opening scenes the original Sin City where shop owners are not satisfied with safe boxes and secure windowsview spoiler but keep a gunman handy in the back room hide spoiler

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After a brutal day investigating a uadruple homicide Detective Hoke Moseley settles into his room at the un illustrious El Dorado Hotel and nurses a glass of brandy With his guard down he doesn’t think twice when he hears a knock on the door The next day he finds himself in the hospital badly brui. Don t Watch the movie read the book in fact read all the books by Mr Willeford Sadly he is not creating any new books Published in 1984 and this is the second time I have read this book High rating for enjoy ability if you like a bit of a hard boiled edge and a great place to be introduced to this authorIn Miami blues by Charles Willeford the first of his Hoke Mosely series we find Freddy Frenger28 a body builder fresh out of San uentin Freddy arrives in Miami with some stolen credit cards he immediately breaks the finger of an annoying Hare Krishna beggar at the airport He gets a posh hotel he promptly teams up with air headed amateur hooker Susan Waggoner even though she s slow to oblige Freddy s taste for anal sex Meanwhile After a brutal day investigating a uadruple homicide Hoke Mosely our homicide detective a 42 divorced cop living in the El Dorado Hotel is investigating the death of that Hare Krishna beggar who died of shock and who just happened to have been Susan Waggoner s incestuous brother Marty So the curious cop and the paranoid psycho soon cross paths It seems Hoke gets too curious and Freddy beats him up destroys his false teeth steals his badge which comes in handy for assorted robberies frames Hoke as a bribe taker Eventually if only to protect himself the much battered Hoke must track this cheerful monster down but not before Freddy has bought a house in the suburbs been run over by a car and killed a bunch of innocent bystandersChronically depressed constantly strapped for money always willing to bend the rules a bit Hoke Moseley is hardly what you think of as the perfect copCharles Willeford has been an orphan hobo painter poet boxer book critic decorated tank commander actor truck driver teacher author and inveterate pranksterA funny story One of the Hoke Moseley seuels is called Sideswipe Willeford s widow Betsy says that not long after that book came out Willeford got a package in the mail When he opened it he found a hardbound copy of Sideswipe that someone had shot Accompanying the book was a note written in all caps saying It s a crime to charge 1595 for shit like this It was signed A Dissatisfied Customer


10 thoughts on “Miami Blues

  1. says:

    Don't Watch the movie read the book in fact read all the books by Mr Willeford Sadly he is not creating any new books Published in 1984 and this is the second time I have read this book High rating for enjoy ability if you like a bit of a hard boiled edge and a great place to be introduced to this authorIn “Miami blues

  2. says:

    I first read Miami Blues sometime in the eighties before the 1990 movie but rereading it now thirty years later it's hard

  3. says:

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 10 Good Cop Bad Cop The on going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containe

  4. says:

    With Miami Blues veteran crime fiction writer Charles Willeford introduces Miami Homicide detective Hoke Moseley who has to rank as one of the most uniue and interesting fictional homicide cops ever to work a case

  5. says:

    Miami Blues is a bacon decked cheese drenched all beef burger with a side of crisp greasy cayenne peppered fries and a combo size Xtra large plastic cup full of whiskey than cola In other words it's an off beat breezy crime novel that I swallowed than chewed over the course of one evening of reading and drinking alone One star is a burp the

  6. says:

    I picked this up after reading the review by my GR Friend Cbj and I wholeheartedly recommend that you read his review You can find it

  7. says:

    Very entertaining crime caper written with a simple effortless style and a compelling narrative structure Chapters alternate POV between the criminal Junior Frenger and his dimwitted girlfriend and Miami homicide detective Hoke Moseley These eventually converge in a final showdown of sortsThis one is all about the characters and they are wonderfully amusing Hoke a sad sack of a detective is middle aged divorced deeply in debt and

  8. says:

    Fantastic novelIt starts off ultra strong Perhaps with a stronger personality than any other third person narrated detective novels and kind of meanders after a while but it went above and beyond of what I expected Charles Willeford writes like El Leonard meets uentin Tarantino meets Dashiell Hammett He has a keen sense of observation treme

  9. says:

    I just want to go back to Okeechobee All I’ve had is trouble of some kind or other ever since I came down here What I’d say if you asked me

  10. says:

    Charles Willeford's Hoke Moseley series starts off with a bang it's a strange and twisted and outrageously funny at times