New Hope for the Dead

New Hope for the Dead

A Novel

Book - 2004 | 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed.
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Miami homicide detective Hoke Moseley is called to a posh Miami neighborhood to investigate a lethal overdose. There he meets the alluring stepmother of the decedant, and begins to wonder about dating a witness. Meanwile, he has been threatened with suspension by his ambitious new chief unless he leaves his beloved, if squalid, suite at the El Dorado Hotel, and moves downtown. With free housing hard to come by, Hoke is desperate to find a new place to live. His difficulties are only amplified by an assignment to re-investigate fifty unsolved murders, the unexpected arrival of his two teenage daughters, and a partner struggling with an unwanted pregnancy. With few options and even fewer dollars, he decides that the suspicious and beautiful stepmother of the dead junkie might be a compromised solution to all of his problems.

Packed with atmosphere and humor, New Hope for the Dead is a classic murder mystery by one of the true masters of the genre. Now back in print, Charles Willeford's tour de force is an irresistible invitation to become acquainted with one of the greatest detective characters of all time.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2004.
Edition: 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed.
ISBN: 9781400032495
Branch Call Number: FIC WILLEFO
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 21 cm.


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Nov 22, 2017

Charles Willeford has created a magnificent battered anti-hero, Miami police detective Hoke Moseley. The plot is character driven. Sergeant Moseley's social commentary (circa 1985) is hilarious. Unfortunately, it appears that no current author can write a crime novel like Charles Willeford. IMHO, I would rate "New Hope for the Dead" at 5.0 stars.

LPL_DirectorBrad Jan 21, 2015

It is a crime how unheard of Charles Willeford remains. The Hoke Moseley series of four novels is excellent Miami crime fiction from the mid-1980s. The villains are ridiculous. The protagonist Hoke Moseley is endlessly fasincating. Read these books!

Aug 04, 2014

The paperback copy I finished today seems to end abruptly with no real resolution to the many story parts. I wonder if a few pages have fallen out of the end of the book. I must find another copy and investigate. (I bought a used copy through Amazon used books and found that the final 8 pages of the library book were missing. The more interesting thing is the book I bought was from the King County Branch system before Thrift Books acquired it and sold it to me. I plan to give it to Seattle Library so they can loan it instead of the book missing pages.)

None the less, this book is much more about Hoke Moseley than it is about murder mystery solving but as it goes for story telling, except for the strangely truncated feeling, at least in the copy I had, it's clearly meant as part of a cycle.

Do start with Miami Blues first.

Sep 20, 2013

Charles Willeford's Hoke Moseley series are classic Miami crime novels. The quartet is worth reading. Preferably quickly, in a row, with drink in hand.

Sep 20, 2013

Charles Willeford's Hoke Moseley series are classic Miami crime novels. The quartet is worth reading. Preferably quickly, in a row, with drink in hand.


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