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After a brutal day investigating a quadruple homicide, Detective Hoke Moseley settles into his room at the un-illustrious Eldorado Hotel and nurses a glass of brandy. With his guard down, he doesn't think twice when he hears a knock on the door. The next day, he finds himself in the hospital, badly bruised and with his jaw wired shut. He thinks back over 10 years of cases, wondering who would want to beat him into unconsciousness, steal his gun and badge, and most importantly, make off with his prized dentures. But the pieces never quite add up to revenge, and the few clues he has keep connecting to a dimwitted hooker, her ex-con boyfriend, and the bizarre murder of a Hare Krishna pimp.

Chronically depressed, constantly strapped for money, always willing to bend the rules a bit, Hoke Moseley is hardly what you'd think of as the perfect cop, but he is one of the greatest detective creations of all time.

©1984 Charles Willeford (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Tongue Planted Firmly In Cheek

When asked about the incongruous dark humor evident in 'Pulp Fiction', Quentin Tarantino compared the film to a Charles Willeford novel.

That comparison is apt.

This first in the 'Hoke Mosely' series drips with sardonic wit while dealing with strangely engrossing violent criminal scenarios. The hard-bitten detective investigates the murder of a Hare-Krishna impostor (robbing tourists by taking advantage of Florida Law that allows legalized begging) who dies after a simple mugging. Willeford further explores a strange domestic relationship between an oddly matter-of-fact prostitute (who turns out to be the victim's sister) and the violent ex-con who did the killing. The end result is a fairly straightforward crime drama that is unchallenging.. but loaded with intriguing coincidence, amusing, and all about the fascinating characters/dismal setting, anyway.

The performance from Stephen Bowlby of this unusual novel is solidly professional. Yes, he reads too slowly (setting playback at 1.15X is necessary for the optimal experience), but his diction, timbre, cadence, and tone are creditable.
When factoring in reasonably good voice-acting (including cartoonish accents but a most enjoyable portrayal of a character with a broken jaw), the narration is "above-average".

Altogether, this is a notably "noir" Crime novel with truly "quirky" elements. The resultant book is quite unique - and merits 9 stars out of 10. I am grateful for the inclusion of the recording with my Audible subscription.. and if you can likewise get it as a 'Plus' option, it's definitely worth a download (the weirdly upbeat "all about the atmosphere" approach might grab you). Passing is reasonable if they ask for a Credit, but it grabbed me enough to go on to Book Two in the series.

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  • ZUrlocker
  • 2018-11-14

First in the Hoke Moseley series

Author Charles Willeford is highly regarded for his Miami-based Hoke Moseley noir-ish police procedural series. This was my first introduction to Willeford and I was underwhelmed. Yes he has a district style but it’s not much of a plot, it’s not really about the characters, so what is it about? If you like a flat deadpan style, then go right ahead. It’s good but i doubt it’s gonna blow anyone’s socks off. I think this pales in comparison with the great noir writers like Lawrence Block, Raymond Chandler , Dashiel Hammett, Ross MacDonald etc

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  • LadySpeaker
  • 2015-10-07

Proof it can be done!

Where does Miami Blues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my first book by this author and it won't be my last. Based on my last few books, I didn't think it was possible for an author to write an engaging and often humorous detective story with out being beat up by crude language. Mr. Willeford uses a few choice words here and there but they are appropriate for the character and the setting; however, it isn't over kill.

What did you like best about this story?

It was enjoyable listen and kept my attention. It was a bit drawn out at the end but not so bothersome I would take away a star.

Stephen Bowlby was brilliant as always. In fact, I found this book because I searched for other books he has narrated.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I don't listen or read any book in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I choose all my books based on reviewers comments so I really appreciated the comments about this book.

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  • Hans I Daubenberger
  • 2021-12-27

A little to Racist

The performances was good but the book was a little to racist and sexist for me.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 2021-07-10

Slice of Detective Life

Several odd coincidences put a naive young girl together with a terrible, conscience-less criminal man. The only thing going for her is a dogged detective who makes mistakes, has his own personal problems, and has lost the support of his superiors. It drags on a bit, with the bad guy getting worse, and the detective's situation also getting worse, but then it all works out. And then they are on to another case. It doesn't end. A little depressing thinking that this is really the way people are, but there you go. The Blues sing the blues. It's an interesting, engaging listen, but yes, it is blue.

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  • JM
  • 2021-02-02

Great First Hoke Moseley

Miami Blues is a fine story by Charles Willeford. This is the first in the Hoke Moseley series. The main characters in this story are a career criminal, a hooker and a cop. If you like cops & robbers type books with snappy dialogue and great characters this should be right up your alley.... Stephen Bowlby does a good job of narrating. I had seen the movie with the same name in the 90's starring Alec Baldwin as Junior Frenger and Fred Ward as Hoke Moseley

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  • Mariah31
  • 2020-12-10

miami is not that seedy

characters were excellent and well thought out. miami is not that seedy. love Sanchez. the hotel. unique. narrator excellent.

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