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New Hope for the Dead

By Charles Willeford
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Publisher Description

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.

3 Reviews

3.5
“Enjoyable, standard rather plodding crime story. Kind of like watching Law and Order.. not great, but riveting enough. In this one, Hoke has his daughters come to stay with him and then his pregnant partner Alita also comes in to her house as a platonic partner. Eventually Hoke is able to blackmail a killer to leave town to take over her house for 4 years (at the price of him keeping quiet). For plot twists like that and the sometime lowlife characters, I enjoy Willeford, though this book did have an element of ... a chapter in a saga ... w/o drama w/o climax .. just another few months of Hoke.”

About Charles Willeford

Charles Willeford was a highly decorated (Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Luxembourg Croix de Guerre) tank commander with the Third Army in World War II. He was also a professional horse trainer, boxer, radio announcer, and painter. Willeford, the author of twenty novels, created the Miami detective series featuring Hoke Moseley, which includes Miami Blues, Sideswipe, The Way We Die Now, and New Hope for the Dead. He died in 1988.

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