Charles Willeford was a highly decorated (Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Luxembourg Croix de Guerre) tank commander with the Third Army in World War II. He was also a professional horse trainer, boxer, radio announcer, and painter. Willeford, the author of twenty novels, created the Miami detective series featuring Hoke Moseley, which includes Miami Blues, Sideswipe, and New Hope for the Dead. He died in 1988.
"No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford." --Elmore Leonard
"If you are looking for a master's insight into the humid decadence of South Florida and its polyglot tribes, nobody does that as well as Mr. Willeford." --The New York Times Book Review "Willeford builds up enormous tension--you are compelled to keep reading." --The Philadelphia Inquirer "Pure pleasure . . . Mr. Willeford never puts a foot wrong." --The New Yorker