Re: RARA-AVIS: Florida mystery writers [was Re:Suggestions for monthly topics requested]

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 06 Oct 2007


Although I'm not quite as enthusiastic as others on the list are about Willeford, I must say that I've enjoyed everything I've read by him, especially The Black Mass of Brother Springer, The Woman Chaser, The High Priest of California and Deliver Me from Dallas. I also recommend the movie, The Woman Chaser, starring Patrick Warburton (Puddy).

>I would like to request please that someone start by
> talking about Charles Willeford. I am just now getting
> into him--I've read WILD WIVES, COCKFIGHTER, PICK-UP,
> and I have a copy of SIDESWIPE that I haven't started
> yet. He seems much better than average to me. I
> really liked a quote in the Wikipedia entry on
> Willeford where someone named Steve Erickson says that
> Willeford's novels are "the genre's equivalent to the
> best of the science fiction novels of Philip K. Dick."
> Being a huge PKD fan and having read all the novels,
> that quote caught my eye.
> thanks,
> Don

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