Sideswipe by Charles Willeford
A Hoke Moseley Detective Thriller (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

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Hoke Moseley has had enough. Tired of struggling against alimony payments, two teenage daughters, a very pregnant, very single partner, and a low paying job as a Miami homicide detective, Hoke moves to Singer Island and vows never step foot on the mainland again. But on the street, career criminal Troy Louden is hatching plans of his own with a gang including a disfigured hooker, a talentless artist, and a clueless retiree. But when his simple robbery results in ruthless and indiscriminate bloodshed, Hoke quickly remembers why he is a cop and hurls himself back into the world he meant to leave behind forever.

A masterly tale of both mid-life crisis and murder, Sideswipe is a page-turning thriller packed with laughs, loaded with suspense, and featuring one of the truly original detectives of all time.

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About Charles Willeford

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Charles Willeford was a highly decorated (Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Luxembourg Croix de Guerre) tank commander with the Third Army in World War II. He was also a professional horse trainer, boxer, radio announcer, and painter. 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. He died in 1988.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published September 4, 2009 by Vintage. 242 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Biographies & Memoirs, Crime. Fiction

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Willeford's black-comic novels featuring Miami cop Hoke Moseley (Miami Blues, New Hope for the Dead) manage to sustain suspense despite plots that are unabashedly disjointed and/or digressive.

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