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Charles Willeford



Charles Willeford was a professional horse trainer, boxer, radio announcer and painter. He was also a highly decorated tank commander (Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Luxembourg Croix de Guerre) with the Third Army in the Second World War. Willeford, the author of twenty novels, created the Miami detective series featuring Hoke Moseley, which includes Miami Blues, Sideswipe, The Way We Die Now, and New Hope for the Dead.
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Hoke Moseley Omnibus

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Charles Willeford

Hoke Moseley is the star of the modern South Florida crime novel, birthed by Charles Willeford, whose forebear is John D. MacDonald and who, in his turn, has inspired Carl Hiaasen and Quentin Tarantino. Through Moseley we are witness to a Miami in transition, from lush retirement haven to capital of 1980s glamour, drugs and weird crime. Willeford's four Miami novels present a hero rather the worse for wear. Hoke sucks at life; in his mid-forties, with false teeth and an aching body, a bad divorce has left him with the cheap work and the care of two teenage daughters. His offbeat humour, brilliant writing and quirky sense of fashion have assured Charles Willeford a permanent place alongside the greats of modern crime fiction.

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Charles Willeford Omnibus 2

Charles Willeford
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Charles Willeford

Charles Willeford's varied, colourful life informs his tongue-in-cheek attitude towards the violence, treachery and plain craziness evident in his four novels in this second omnibus. The Woman Chaser allows its hero, Richard Hudson, womaniser and used car salesman, to play skilfully on all the vulnerabilities of men and women . . . but not without a comeuppance. Cockfighter is the least likely pulp novel of these: it is a masterpiece, a portrait of silent, passionate masculinity set against the underbelly of the rural South of the early 1960s. The Burnt Orange Heresy is a long satire on art, art criticism and collecting, and reflects Willeford's favourite pastime. The Machine in Ward Eleven collects six stories that display the madness that lies at the heart of politics, as Willeford lays bare the American Dream.

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Charles Willeford Omnibus 1

Charles Willeford
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Charles Willeford

Charles Willeford was a child of the Depression era, one of thousands who drifted across the Dust Bowl of America riding the freight trains. That experience, combined with twenty years spent in and out of the armed forces, and the most colourful of lives afterwards, fuelled his deeply authentic hard-boiled prose.High Priest of California is his first novel, and, like Pick-Up and Wild Wives, it is not pulp fiction, but almost satirises that genre. The humour is raunchy and bad-tempered, but the writing is never pretentious. The stories are not lurid; rather, skilfully crafted tales of men and women responding to their individual circumstances, at times purely for their own gain, at others driven by sheer force of hardship.

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Miami Blues

Charles Willeford
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Charles Willeford

'No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford' Elmore LeonardEx-con Freddy 'Junior' Frenger lands in Miami with a pocketful of stolen credit cards and plans for a new life of crime, and disappears with a snatched suitcase, leaving the corpse of a Hare Krishna behind him.Homicide detective Hoke Moseley is soon on his case, chasing the immoral Junior and his hooker girlfriend through the Cuban ghettos, luxury hotels and seedy suburban sprawl of Miami in an increasingly perilous game of hide and seek.

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I Was Looking For a Street

Charles Willeford
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Charles Willeford
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The Machine in Ward Eleven

Charles Willeford
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Charles Willeford

'I had a hunch that madness was a predominant theme and normal condition for Americans living in the second half of this century' Charles WillefordWilleford's pulp classic features six incisive tales as fresh as the day they were first published in 1963. Writing at a time when we still had some faith in our elected leaders, Willeford laid bare the American Dream - and 50 years later his revelations are as chilling and relevant as ever.

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The Burnt Orange Heresy

Charles Willeford
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Charles Willeford

'No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford' Elmore LeonardArt critic James Figueras is a psychotic, an amoral unrepentant killer. Out to make a lasting name for himself, he seeks out the greatest painter in the world, now a hermit in the Florida swamplands. Figueras is after more than the man, however - he wants the work, and something more . . . something more horrible than can be imagined.

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Cockfighter

Charles Willeford
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Charles Willeford

'No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford' Elmore LeonardFrank Mansfield is the cockfighter, a man obsessed with an illegal sport which is unspeakably cruel, unthinkably bloody - and incredibly exciting. His pursuit of the champion's medal takes him into the seamy underbelly of rural Southern life - into the hot, dusty small-town circuits, where greed and corruption vie only with lust and violence . . .

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The Woman Chaser

Charles Willeford, Perseus
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Charles Willeford, Perseus
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Wild Wives

Charles Willeford
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Charles Willeford

'No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford' Elmore LeonardAmoral, sexy and brutal, Wild Wives was written in a sleazy San Francisco hotel in the early 1950s while Willeford was on leave from the army. This tale of deception features crooked detective Jacob C. Blake and his nemesis: a beautiful, insane young woman who is the wife of a socially prominent San Francisco architect.Blake becomes entangled in a web of deceit, intrigue and multiple murders in this exciting period tale.'Mr Willeford never puts a foot wrong, and this is truly an entertainment to relish' New Yorker

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Pick-Up

Charles Willeford
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Charles Willeford
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High Priest of California

Charles Willeford
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Charles Willeford

'No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford' Elmore LeonardRussell Haxby is a ruthless used-car salesman obsessed with manipulating and cavorting with married women. In this classic or hard-boiled fiction, Willeford crafts a wry, sardonic tale of hypocrisy, intrigue and lust set in San Francisco in the early fifties, in which every sentence masks innuendo and every detail hides a clue.

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The Way We Die Now

Charles Willeford
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Charles Willeford

'No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford' Elmore LeonardSergeant Hoke Moseley is struggling: his division chief is making ominous plans for him, a man he sent to jail for murder has moved in across the street, and he's stuck on one of his toughest cold cases yet. So the last thing he needs is to be sent undercover just as he's beginning to make some headway with his work.South of Miami he is taken as a migrant worker to a farm where rumours of murder and slavery are rife. With only a Filipino prostitute and his own wits to protect him, Hoke faces vicious rednecks and his own scheming boss in this funny, vibrant masterpiece of hard-boiled fiction, the final Hoke Moseley.

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Sideswipe

Charles Willeford
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Charles Willeford
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New Hope for the Dead

Charles Willeford
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Charles Willeford