Re: RARA-AVIS: Willeford as god of noir

From: Dave Zeltserman (
Date: 08 Oct 2007

> So as not to waste a whole post on self-chastisement, I'll add that
> GRIMHAVEN is possibly the best thing he wrote. I've never read
> anything so harrowing and yet so casually told. Don't take this the
> wrong way, but it reminded me a lot of AMERICAN PSYCHO. Think about
> it.
> (Don't ask me how I read it, though. I think I read it in a dream
> something.)
> Charlie.

Let's assume you read it at the Broward County Library where it can be checked out for reading within the library. And you're right, it is a great book--probably Willeford's best. Unbelievably grim, and harrowing as you said. And it fits with the theme of the self- destructiveness of an artist who refuses to compromise--in this case the routine Hoke Mosely had chosen to live out his life.


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