Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Willeford as god of noir

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 07 Oct 2007

Right Guy wrote:

I'll second Burnt Orange being his best with Springer maybe a close second, however, his memoirs, specifically, Something About A Soldier and I Was Looking For A Street are crucial in terms of giving insight to the man in his formative years...

********** I agree that his two memiors (that's how it's spelled on the cover of my copy) provide good background on the Willeford. It's been a while since I read them, but I recall them roughly being divided between his youth riding the rails during the depression and his time in the Army stationed in the Philippines (sp?). There's a lot that is way into politically incorrect, so prepare to be offended if you come from that side of the street. My impression of him from these two books is that he was genuinely hardboiled.


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