Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sideswipe by Charles Willeford


(hb; 1987: third book in the Hoke Moseley series)

From the inside flap:

"Hoke Moseley, the leisure-suited Miami homicide detective. . . finally shows the world around him what a real 'burned out' cop does - he stops working, stops talking, stops thinking. . . and sits unseeing in his chair with a complete crime-induced breakdown of the highest order.

"In another part of the state: Career criminal Troy Louden - amoral, alias many other names, and reminiscent of certain reptiles - has arrived to upset the balance of nature on the city streets of south Florida.

". . . Here two sets of lives that should have absolutely nothing to do with each other collide in a spectacular and violent supermarket robbery that shouldn't have happened, but did."


Review:

Sideswipe, which takes place six months after the events of New Hope for the Dead, is, like its predecessor novels, an entertaining blend of neo-noir, relatable (and series-progressive) characters, and dark absurdist humor - reader-hooking work, this: own it, already!

Followed by The Way We Die Now.

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