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Willeford, Charles Ray 1919-1988

Overview
Works: 119 works in 554 publications in 16 languages and 7,901 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Biography  Drama  Comedy films  Film adaptations  Police films  Psychological fiction  Noir fiction  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist, Creator, Translator, Author of screenplay, Writer of accompanying material
Classifications: PS3545.I464, 813.54
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Most widely held works by Charles Ray Willeford
Sideswipe : a novel by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
47 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 980 libraries worldwide
Hoke Moseley has had enough. Tired of struggling against alimony payments, two teenage daughters, a very pregnant, very single partner, and a low paying job as a Miami homicide detective, Hoke moves to Singer Island and vows never step foot on the mainland again. But on the street, career criminal Troy Louden is hatching plans of his own with a gang including a disfigured hooker, a talentless artist, and a clueless retiree. But when his simple robbery results in ruthless and indiscriminate bloodshed, Hoke quickly remembers why he is a cop and hurls himself back into the world he meant to leave behind forever. A masterly tale of both mid-life crisis and murder, Sideswipe is a page-turning thriller packed with laughs, loaded with suspense, and featuring one of the truly original detectives of all time. From the Trade Paperback edition
The way we die now : a novel by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
48 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 862 libraries worldwide
When Miami Homicide Detective Hoke Moseley receives an unexplained order to let his beard grow, he doesn't think much about it. He has too much going on at home, especially with a man he helped convict ten years before moving in across the street. Hoke immediately assumes the worst, and considering he has his former partner, who happens to be nursing a newborn, and his two teenage daughters living with him, he doesn't like the situation on bit. It doesn't help matters when he is suddenly assigned to work undercover, miles away, outside of his jurisdiction and without his badge, his gun, or his teeth. Soon, he is impersonating a drifter and tring to infiltrate a farm operation suspected of murdering migrant workers. But when he gets there for his job interview, the last thing he is offered is work. In this final installment of the highly acclaimed Hoke Moseley novels, Charles Willeford's brilliance and expertise show on every page. Equally funny, thrilling, and disturbing, The Way We Die Now is a triumphant finish to one of the most original detective series of all time. From the Trade Paperback edition
Miami blues by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
62 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in 14 languages and held by 739 libraries worldwide
Kriminalroman. Hoke Moseley, skrap opdager i Miami-politiets drabsafdeling, må tage højst utraditionelle metoder i brug for at opspore en psykopatisk forbryder, der spreder død og ødelæggelse omkring sig
New hope for the dead by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
42 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 690 libraries worldwide
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. From the Trade Paperback edition
The shark-infested custard by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
15 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 343 libraries worldwide
Four Miami bachelors try to get out of trouble when one of their dates turns up dead
Cockfighter; a novel by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
26 editions published between 1962 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 300 libraries worldwide
Cockfighter is a fiction of the American south loosely modeled, according to the author, on Homer's Odyssey. Frank Mansfield is the titular cockfighter--a silent and fiercely contrary man whose personal code and obsession with winning allows him no mercy on himself or those around him. Mansfield haunts the cockpits, bars, and roads of the rural South in the early 1960s, offering reflections on honor and gaming, as well as a stark look at manhood, class, and sex
The burnt orange heresy; a novel by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
21 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 288 libraries worldwide
"Fast-talking, backstabbing, womanizing art critic Jacques Figueras will do anything--blackmail, burglary, fencing, assassination--to further his career. Crossing the art world with the underworld, Willeford expands his noir palette to include hues of sunny Florida and weird tints of Surrealism when Figueras takes a job for an art collector who doesn't care how his art is collected, even if it involves murder"--Amazon.com
Pick-up by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
19 editions published between 1955 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 172 libraries worldwide
First published as an unheralded paperback original, Pick-Up is an authentic underground classic, an explosive bulletin from the urban underbelly of mid-1950s America. It was Charles Willeford's second novel, after a rough and wandering earlier life that had taken him from Depression-era hobo camps and soup kitchens to wartime battlefields. The unblinking story of two lost and self-destructive drifters-a failed painter working as a counterman in a cheap diner and a woman in flight from domestic violence-trying to find a place for themselves in the back streets of San Francisco, Pick-Up is hardboiled writing at its nihilistic best: Willeford's preferred title for the book was Until I Am Dead. Its bleak vision of life beyond the edge is haunted by rape, racism, alcoholism, suicide, and inescapable poverty, yet shot through with a tenderness and compassion sustained against all odds in a society offering few breaks to its outcasts and misfits. Pick-Up's many twists and violent turns culminate in an ending that continues to surprise, confirming it as what critic Woody Haut has called "a razor-sharp narrative that rips open the genre."
The woman chaser by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
14 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 107 libraries worldwide
Richard Hudson, woman chaser and used car salesman, possesses a pimp's understanding of the ways in which women and men are most vulnerable. By day, he works his crooked car lot; by night he returns to a family of misfits. One day Richard decides to make an ambitious film, which turns into a fiasco. Enraged, he exacts revenge on all who have crossed him
Wild wives : a novel by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
12 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 92 libraries worldwide
Jake Blake is a private detective short on cash when he meets a rich and beautiful young woman looking to escape her father's smothering influence. Unfortunately for Jake, the smothering influence includes two thugs hired to protect her'and the woman is in fact not the daughter of the man she wants to escape, but his wife. Now Jake has two angry thugs and one jealous husband on his case. As Jake becomes more deeply involved with this glamorous and possibly crazy woman, he becomes entangled in a web of deceit, intrigue'and multiple murders. Brilliant, sardonic, and full of surprises, Wild Wives is one wild ride. From the Trade Paperback edition
The machine in ward eleven by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
9 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 78 libraries worldwide
High priest of California ; Wild wives by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
4 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in English and held by 77 libraries worldwide
Kiss your ass good-bye by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
8 editions published between 1987 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 75 libraries worldwide
Kriminalroman
Miami blues by George Armitage( visu )
9 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in English and German and held by 72 libraries worldwide
Serio-comic film about an ex-con who kills a man, then robs a cop of his badge and gun and goes around Miami posing as a cop, making arrests and assaulting people. The cop he robbed is determined to catch the ex-con, and the end result is a cops-and-robbers thriller unlike any other!
Proletarian laughter, poems by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
7 editions published in 1948 in English and held by 64 libraries worldwide
New hope for the dead by Charles Ray Willeford( file )
12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 57 libraries worldwide
Homicide detective Hoke Moseley is called to a posh Miami neighborhood to investigate a 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 he leaves his beloved, if squalid, suite at the Eldorado 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 reinvestigate 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. Charles Willeford's tour de force is an irresistible invitation to become acquainted with one of the greatest detective characters of all time
The difference by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
4 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and French and held by 51 libraries worldwide
Johnny Shaw, 19 ans, a tué son ancien ami d'enfance, Oxyd Reardon, dans un combat dont il dit qu'il était régulier. Mais le père et les deux frères de la victime ne l'entendent pas ainsi. Ils le déclarent hors-la-loi et se lancent à ses trousses. Seul contre tous, Johnny reçoit l'aide et les conseils d'un étrange maréchal-ferrant, ancien tueur à gages
Sideswipe : a Hoke Moseley novel by Charles Ray Willeford( file )
10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 49 libraries worldwide
Hoke Moseley has had enough. Tired of struggling against alimony payments, two teenage daughters, a very pregnant and very single partner, and a low-paying job as a Miami homicide detective, Hoke moves to Singer Island and vows never to set foot on the mainland again. But on the street, career criminal Troy Louden is hatching plans of his own with a gang that includes a disfigured hooker, a talentless artist, and a clueless retiree. But when Louden's simple robbery results in ruthless and indiscriminate bloodshed, Hoke quickly remembers why he is a cop and hurls himself back into the world he meant to leave behind forever
The second half of the double feature by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 49 libraries worldwide
A posthumous collection of short stories and autobiographical sketches, seven of them never before published, by the author of the Hoke Moseley crime series
I was looking for a street by Charles Ray Willeford( Book )
7 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 15 libraries worldwide
I Was Looking For a Street tells the story of Charles Willeford's childhood and adolescence as, orphaned, he moved from railroad yard to hobo tent city to soup kitchen and desert around Los Angeles, and across the United States. The tale is at once a picaresque adventure through Depression-era America and a portrait of the writer as a young man of apparently little promise but great spirit. Written late in Willeford's career, this memoir is the work of a writer at the height of his powers, looking back without nostalgia or regret, and preserving in his clear and forceful prose the great American adventure of his youth
 
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Alternative Names

controlled identity Charles, Will, 1919-1988

Charles, Will.
Charles Willeford Amerikaans schrijver (1919-1988)
Charles Willeford amerikansk poet och författare
Charles Willeford amerikansk poet og skribent
Charles Willeford écrivain américain
Charles Willeford scrittore, poeta e critico d'arte statunitense
Charles Willeford US-amerikanischer Krimi-Schriftsteller
Willeford, Charles.
Willeford, Charles, 1919-
Willeford, Charles 1919-1988
Willeford, Charles 1919-1998
Willeford, Charles R. 1919-1988
Willeford, Charles R. 1919-1998
Чарльз Уиллфорд
윌리포드, 찰스 1919-1988
윌리포드, 찰스 레이 1919-1988
ウィルフォード, チャールズ
チャールズ・ウィルフォード
Languages
English (255)
German (47)
French (36)
Italian (16)
Japanese (11)
Finnish (8)
Danish (8)
Swedish (5)
Dutch (5)
Spanish (4)
Polish (3)
Russian (2)
Greek, Modern [1453- ] (1)
Portuguese (1)
Turkish (1)
Czech (1)
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