Re: RARA-AVIS: what's a good first willeford?

Date: 04 Jan 2001

On Tue, 02 January 2001, Chris Bahn wrote:

> Intrigued by all the discussion about Charles Willeford - what would be a
> good place to begin reading him?
> --

The first Willeford I found and read was Re:Search's double edition of High Priest of California and Wild Wives. These two books, High Priest being the novel Willeford wrote on a bet, are a good starter for people attracted to Rara Avis. There's even a PI in one of them, Willeford's only dick, but written about in a special way.

Someone wrote that it would be easy to find Pick-Up in a used bookstore. What city are you in? It took almost two years scouring used book stores in Toronto and cities I visited, until I found any non-Hoke Willeford. His novels that were reprinted by Black Lizard and then Vintage are scarce.

Although I see it all the time now in used bookstores, The Shark-Infested Custard was another Willeford I had trouble finding for awhile. Come to think of it, this would be a good first read for the curious.

__________________________________________________________ Get your FREE personalized e-mail at

# To unsubscribe from the regular list, say "unsubscribe rara-avis" to
#  This will not work for the digest version.
# The web pages for the list are at .

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 04 Jan 2001 EST