New Hope for the Dead is the second novel in Charles Willeford s Hoke Moseley series following Miami Blues Hoke is a middle aged Miami PD homicide detective who s been gutted financially by a divorce and has been reduced to KaBOOM!: One Entrepreneur's Quest to Build Community SAVE PLAY! living in a tiny room in a run down residential hotel that is inconvenientlyocated just outside the Miami city imits Inconveniently because Hoke s boss has just aid down the aw and announced that the department will begin rigorously enforcing the reuirement that all city polic What a weird novel Willeford was to crime fiction what PhilipKDick was to sci fi Hoke is unlike any other police detective in the crime fiction "Genre Is Almost Like "He is almost ike average middle class guy in some ways he has to deal with rent and alimony he has not had sex in a Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION long time and in this book he has to take care of his teenage daughters while he deals with gluttonous cravings and obesity Despite being a policeman he faces housing problems caused by mass immigration and white flight in Florida He is also tremendously good at his job and nothing ever escapes him because of which he has to fore go an opportunity to sleep with a beautiful woman Moseley s interactions with his daughters was the best part of the novel Unlike Miami Blues and Sideswipe this Hoke Moseley novel does not have the charismatic villain Willeford is not at the top of his game the sharp and epic dialog is a bit scarce and the case investigations seemedike they were put together too soon But reading about Hoke Moseley has become ike meeting up with good friends along with Hank Chinaski Holden Caufield Enid and Mark Renton So I am willing to forgive a few mistakes There s an OD that might be a homicide but the real uestion is will Mosely take the house sitting job where he has to jerk off a dog I oved the psychopath narrative in Miami Blues so much that whenever Mosely showed up I got a Mesagerul little impatient But here he s a great character and this thing readsike a tightly plotted Bukowski novel Hard for me not to picture Richard Jenkins or Ben Gazzara as Mosely In New Hope for the Dead by Charles Willeford Miami homicide detective Hoke Moseley is called to a posh Miami neighborhood to investigate a Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens lethal overdose There he meets the alluring stepmother of the decedent and begins to wonder about dating a witness Meanwhile he has been threatened with suspension by his ambitious new chief unless heeaves his beloved if sualid 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 ive 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 Charles Miami homicide detective Hoke Moseley is called to a posh Miami neighborhood to investigate a ethal 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 eaves his beloved if sualid suite at the El Dorado Hotel and moves downt.
Summary New Hope for the DeadOusly juggles finding a place of residence an emotional "homeless pregnant partner two young daughters fending off ineligible suitors in South Beach a severe ack of funds and "pregnant partner two young daughters fending off ineligible suitors in South Beach a severe ack of funds and crazy criminals in all shapes and forms Willeford purposely uses Mosely s heavy handed blunt approach for some bewildering humorous situations involving sex education with his teenage
Daughters And An Explanation Ofand an explanation of graphic crime scene complete with photographs with a fellow cop while his young daughters stand by nonplussed This book is unfortunately suffering from a severe case of middle book identity crisis and at times Willeford seems to be rambling incoherently in a bohemian haze It s occasionally heartened by some interesting detective work and is probably the only detective novel I have read where a case is solved by anal sex or ack thereofThis novel is head shaking at times and is probably only for hard core Willeford fans Also it should be mentioned disturbingly there is an underlying current of racism and sexism which I am unsure was Willeford speaking through his character s mouth or the character himself It was a bit of a shock to read such blatant prejudice by the main character in print from something as current as 1985 but I guess maybe I am a bit na ve in that respect given the troubles in such places as Ferguson and Balti today Be warned as I am sure it will turn off some readers The second book in the Hoke Moseley series has a very different feel from Miami Blues There s no euivalent of the malevolent character of Freddy Frenger who drove much of the plot in the first novel In this one Hoke investigates the death of a junkie and a promotion hungry senior officer also tasks him with investigating some cold cases The story actually has about Hoke s personal ife than any police procedural work He gets dragged into some personal issues affecting his new partner Detective Sanchez and he also suddenly finds himself More scary stories for sleep-overs looking after his two teenage daughters aged 16 and 14 neither of whom he has seen for 4 years His ex wife is remarrying and the girls say they don t want toive with their mother s new partner although it s also implied that their mother is happy enough to see them go Hoke also spends much of the book ooking for a new place to ive The author works in a fair bit of humour and there s one bizarre scene where Hoke goes to Heads of the Colored People look at a house and encounters a dog that s not particularly well trainedI uite enjoyed this I thought it tailed off aittle towards the end but over the piece it was entertaining enough You get the impression that Charles Willeford was re setting the clock with Hoke Moseley with an eye to the next book After Miami Blues which was about the bad guy as much as Hoke Mosely the good guy comes a meandering tale of Hoke s ife Dark and gritty in spots gentle and ikable overall Almost nothing happens in this book but I d rather hang out with Hoke Mosley than almost anyone on Eart. Stepmother of the dead junkie might be a compromised solution to all of his problemsPacked 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 acuainted with one of the greatest detective characters of all tim. Illeford took writing very seriously and applied himself to it wholeheartedly for some 40 years He started out as a poet his first book Proletarian Laughter was a collection of poems He began publishing paperback fiction while serving his second hitch in the military and kept at it With the Hoke Moseley novels he got a taste of the commercial success that had eluded himThe Hoke Moseley book series by Charles Willeford includes books Miami BluesNew Hope for the DeadSideswipeThe Way We Die Now New Hope for the Dead is Charles Willeford s follow up to Miami Blues the debut "APPEARANCE OF SERIES DETECTIVE MOSELEY EXCEPT "of series detective Moseley Except s an entirely different beast of a novel Willeford clearly didn t anticipate Moseley becoming a repeat performer in that first outing making him secondary to the crazy Freddie Frenger Jr and so this second novel gave him an opportunity to "really flesh out the character establish his world "flesh out the character establish his world really outline where this series of books is headedThis time out Moseley is far ess of a buffoon for example instead of actively wallowing in how far he has fallen as a man Hoke is proactive he knows things are bed and he wants to be a better man for his partner his daughters himself It s an interesting flip but written in such a way with such skill and heart that it feels ess ike artifice on the part of the author and closer to a natural progression of the characterInstead of focussing on a particular crime or series of crimes for his detective to solve Willeford uses the novel to critiue the politics and social development of Miami in the 80s and this combined with the fascinating character study that is the portrait of Sergeant Hoke Moseley marks the series as uniue and worthy of a place in any crime aficionados collection I might not read any other authors apart from Charles Willeford for awhile This guy ManI enjoyed this just as much as Miami Blues even though I only gave it 4 stars versus the 5 I gave to MB The crime solvey bit that frames the middle parts is a ittle meh compared to that of MB but man oh man the middle parts of this book Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit I burst out aughing at east three times and if Hoke Moseley s sex talk with his daughters could be turned into a 2 minute play I would see the damn thing every single night There are only 2 Hoke Moseley books remaining so I m going to read a stand alone Willeford next so I can make Hoke ast just a The Interior Landscape: Love Poems from a Classical Tamil Anthology littleonger Lacking the great antagonist of Willeford s first novel Miami Blues played in the film of the same name by a young Alec Baldwin in full anarchic scene chewing glee New Hope for the Dead seems to suffer from a sense of direction and purpose as the first novel in the series Indeed it was bit of a plod until Hoke Moseley and crew undertook the burden of 50 cold case files thrown at them by their ambitious boss while his two teenage daughters show up unannounced on his doorstep The novel gathers some teeth as Moseley simultane. 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