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."


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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