charles willeford

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Charles Willeford, ‘The Way We Die Now’ (1988)

Charles Willeford’s protagonist in the Hoke Moseley novels (of which The Way We Die Now is the fourth and last) is an unlikely hero. A police detective in Miami, Moseley starts the series living alone in a seedy hotel, paying his way by acting as the hotel’s unofficial security guard. He is overweight, casually racist, a slob … Continue reading

My Top Ten Crime Novels

There’s been a lot of comment online about the Crime Writer’s Association (CWA) list of the 10 Best Crime Novels of All Time, taken from a poll of their members to celebrate the CWA’s 60th birthday. Much of the debate has been around what it does and doesn’t include; but I was particularly disappointed that … Continue reading

John D. MacDonald, ‘The Deep Blue Goodbye’ (1964)

I’ve been aware of John D. MacDonald as long as I can remember, for which you can blame my parents. When I was about 5 or 6, the bookcase in our living room had a shelf of colourful, cracked looking paperbacks with titles such as A Purple Place for Dying, Bright Orange for the Shroud (‘Mummy, what’s a … Continue reading