RARA-AVIS: Willeford and his novels

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 23 Aug 2007

Mark wrote:

Out of curiosity, have you read Miami Blues, his cop novel?

************** Yes I have, and I really liked it. But The Burnt Orange Heresy was major. It transcended the genre. Hahaha! I've read several of his but I'm drawing a blank on some of them. Cockfighter, of course, which I thought good but not as good as everybody else. Difference is the one that I really didn't much care for. Near as I can tell it was written as a criticism on the noble cowboy character. I really didn't need a whole novel to tell me that the image might be a little on the bogus side. I can't name the one I just read recently about a bunch of "ordinary" guys who cover up a questionable death. Somebody said that Willeford thought it was his best, but I think Hammett's favorite was The Thin Man (or was it Glass Key?), so I don't put much stock in that.


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