New Hope for the Dead

New Hope for the Dead

A Novel

Book - 2004
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His life thrown into chaos by circumstance during an investigation into an overdose in a luxurious South Florida neighborhood, Miami cop Hoke Moseley is given twenty-four hours to find a residence for himself, his two teenage daughters, and his pregnant partner, who have been assigned fifty cold and unsolved murder cases.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2004
Edition: 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed
Description: 244 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781400032495
1400032490
Branch Call Number: Will

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Dave99_0
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!

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SeattleSueLibrary
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.

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radballen
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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radballen
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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