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Willeford, Charles
 
Paul Bergin - 01:45pm Apr 27, 1998 PST

Charles Willeford was the master of the absurd in crime fiction, as well as of the sudden hyperviolent moment. He created such memorable psychopaths as Freddy Frenger, Jr., who, upon his arrival in Miami International Airport, breaks the finger of a Hare Krishna, killing him, as well as Hoke Moseley, arguably the most unflappable cop who has ever existed. During his brief (4 novels) career, Hoke has let a murderess walk in exchange for a lease on her house, interviewed a man while he (the man, not Hoke) did something quite odd to his dog, murdered two men and burned their bodies because it was expedient, and tried his hand at running a motel. Hell of a guy, Hoke.

Charles Willeford was himself a hell of a guy. Besides the Hoke Moseley novels, he produced three extremely important semi-mainstream novels: Pick Up, Cockfighter and The Burnt Orange Heresy.

He died in 1988.


Paul Bergin - 03:34pm Jun 4, 1998 PST(#1 of 2)

Possibly the greatest crime fiction line ever written: "He had to kill the Mexican after he blinded him; blind, the man wouldn't have been able to find any work." Wrestling with moral complexities was not Hoke's strongest suit.


michael clare - 05:41am Feb 23, 2000 PST(#2 of 2)

Anybody know how I can get hold of a copy of Willefords unpublished Grimhaven?

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