Florida homicide detective Hoke Moseley's life suddenly went to bell one morning. His ex-wife had married a big-time pro ballplayer. His two teenage daughters moved in. And his lieutenant had dumped ever? unsolved murder in Miami on him. So Hoke decided to bail out stretch out on Singer Island, give up police work, and watch the ocean roll.
But trouble wasn't going to let Hoke get away. Not a stone's throw from his laid-back new life, a slick, handsome psychopath was planning his next armed robbery. The heist would suck a curmudgeon retiree into a life of crime, blast a half-dozen people, off the planet, and leave nary a clue behind.
It was a case right up Hoke's alley: weird enough to catch his attention, personal enough to make him mad, and twisted enough to make Hoke forget he didn't want to be a cop...a good guy in a world gone very, very bad.
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"...better than Hall and Hiaasen and as good as Elmore Leonard at his best." -- Time Out
"A blend of gripping action and wry off-beat humour." -- The Washington Post
"Hoke Moseley is a magnificently battered hero. Willeford brings him to us lean and hard." -- Donald E. Westlake
"No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford." -- Elmore Leonard
Having a nervous breakdown, two daughters who want to quit high school, and a very pregnant, unmarried partner tells Hoke Moseley that it's time to simplify his crazy life. Moving away from Miami to manage a small hotel seems like the perfect solution, until a psychopathic career criminal like Troy Louden comes along. He brings with him a ragtag, makeshift gang that includes a little old man, a no-talent artist, and a terribly disfigured stripper - all of whom get Hoke caught up in a crime of carnage that pulls him back to the job he thought he'd left behind forever.
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Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Good. Bookseller Inventory # 1707187
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