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Grimhaven has 60 ratings and 7 reviews. Still said: From Wikipedia: Grimhaven is the manuscript for an unpublished book by hard-boiled crime writer Char. Willeford’s first attempt at a Moseley sequel was called Grimhaven. With suitably black-hearted aplomb, Willeford had his hero strangle his two. File:Charles Willeford – Grimhaven – Quite the same Wikipedia. Just better.

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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Samuel rated it did not like it Nov 11, Betsy Willeford is a fine reviewer of mysteries and other fiction for the Miami Herald.

Ask the librarian to retrieve Box 1 from the Willeford collection. Highway to Seal Beachwhere wilkeford checks into a motel to spends his final few days before being apprehended by the police.

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I’d guess I read this at least 10 years ago and it really blew me away. May not be copied in the library by patrons who’ll wholesale it on the Internet. January 2, Little RockArkansas. The novel begins with Hoke Moseley’s having retired from the Miami police force to work at his father Frank Moseley’s hardware store in Riviera Beach, Florida in exchange for a free apartment at the beach on Singer Island and a small paycheck.

He makes himself a sandwich from the leftover stew meat and heads to the hardware store at 6: Following the death of his father from tuberculosis inWilleford and his mother moved to the Los Angeles area.

Several years before John D. He enrolled in the Universitarias de Belles Artes in Lima, Perustudying art and art history in the graduate program. He began publishing paperback fiction while serving his second hitch in the military, and kept at it, and worked hard at it.

Charles Willeford was a remarkably fine, talented and prolific writer who wrote everything from poetry to crime fiction to literary criticism throughout the course of his impressively long and diverse career. Hoke immediately begins adjusting his plans.


Willeford created a world in which the predatory cannibalism of American capitalism provides the model for all human relations, in which the American success ethic mercilessly casts aside all who are unable or unwilling to compete, and in which the innate human appreciation of artistic beauty is cruelly distorted by the exigencies of mass culture.

The day after the murder is spent visiting the Riviera Beach police chief to inform him that Hoke will not be taking the job since his daughters have decided to return to their mother in California. Hoke’s idyllic and simple life is brought to a sudden halt by the unexpected arrival of his daughters Sue Ellen and Aileen at his apartment. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Regardless of the good offer, Hoke is determined not to do police work any more.

I wonder what he meant.

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The first weekend with the girls begins with Hoke manning the hardware store by himself while the girls unpack their things and adjust to their new surroundings. Hoke explains that he had to kill someone in the line of duty and he enjoyed it so much that is scared him.

Tom rated it really liked it Jul 02, The Key West event was just about the last thing I did in Florida before taking leave of the state.

Portrait, lives this strange beast. Dick ‘s best science fiction novels. Willeford married his third wife, Betsy Poller, in May 12, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: But it was shocking all the same; when one meets with so clear and distinctive a voice, one expects it to be around forever. Copyright was not renewed and expired They want more money and success, or a quiet life, they want to be loved, or they want the voices in their head to stop.

The publisher, not too surprisingly, wanted Willeford to write a sequel, and indeed to make Hoke a series character. May not be copied in the library by patrons who’ll wholesale it on the Internet.

Grimhaven by Charles Willeford 14 40 Mar 21, In Mayhe and his wife, Lara, divorced. Willeford enlisted again in for a term of three years. But then this story takes a new, disturbing turn. The Willeford rumor persisted, and it turned out to be willefkrd true. In fact the writing is superior to that found in Miami Blues.


The publisher had his way, and Grimhaven went back on shelf, and soon enough Charles had produced an eminently successful sequel to Miami Blueswith the magnificent title of New Hope for the Dead. Because Sue Grimgaven is sixteen, willefrod says that she is “finished with high school” and should immediately get a job to help out with the finances. Except where specifically cited, the primary source for biographical information is Herron His first book of poetry, Proletarian Laughterwas published in Jack the Ripper—Case Solved, It never grinhaven to have occurred to Willeford to be embarrassed about anything, or about sharing anything with the reader, all in the most matter-of-fact manner.

So Charles knocked out a book designed to nip the series in the bud. Something dry and clinical? Within a month, Lynne and I had closed our house and took off for two years without a fixed address.

Charles Willeford

He spent two years stationed in the Philippines serving as a fire truck driver, a gas truck driver, and briefly as a cook. And can a self-diagnosed sociopath be at the same time an intensely moral person? Retrieved from ” https: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Yes, grimhsven would be published!

After retiring from the Air Force inWilleford held jobs as a professional boxer, actor, horse trainer, and radio announcer. I think it will illuminate the work, and thus shed a little more light on the man himself.