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From Wikipedia: Grimhaven is the manuscript for an unpublished book by hard-boiled crime writer Charles Willeford. Originally intended as Willeford's sequel to Miami Blues, the novel was deemed too dark for publication, and his agent refused to send it on to the publisher. The novel New Hope for the Dead was later written and published as the second book in the Hoke Moseley series.A photocopy of the hand-typed manuscript is maintained in the Charles Willeford Archive at the Bienes Museum of the
I started to read this and i thought-Oh, it's a bit like Hoke Mosely #2, with a few minor differences. Well, it was Willefords' proposed sequel to Miami Blues #1, so that's understandable. But then this story takes a new, disturbing turn. No wonder his publisher didn't want to see it's release. For one thing, there would not have been a Hoke Moseley #3 or #4. It's a pity Wlleford didn't release this as the sequel to MB's though, because it's a damn fine sequel and Hoke Moseley/Charles Willeford
One of the greatest things I've ever read... I completely understand why his agent saw it as commercial suicide and refused to send it to the publisher but even so, this is a fucking masterpiece and should've been released, even under a pseudonym.
Yikes. Chapter 9. Yikes. This is a hell of a crime novel, and an insane sequel to a book like Miami Blues. It makes me wish there were a book in between which followed the event which led Hoke to his position at the hardware store. I almost wish this had been the sequel. That would have been the ballsiest move of all time. But if that we’re the case, we wouldn’t have gotten Sideswipe. I don’t know why CW supposedly didn’t want this released. If I were him I would have used it as a manuscript and...
Probably the darkest turn in any crime series following a detective. A fuck you to those who pressured him into writing it after the succsess of Miami Blues, I assume. No wonder it was never published. I didn't even hear about it until yesterday of writing this, and with that comes a warning. I got the whole book spoiled for me in page 1 of a google search result page on the prowl for a PDF. And even though that almost made me throw my laptop out the window, I still enjoyed the novel. It really
Somewhere between Cockfighter and Shark-Infested Custard and Henry: Portrait, lives this strange beast.
Having learned that Willeford wrote an unpublished sequel to Miami Blues his agent refused to so much as show his publisher, and that eventually leaked onto the web in readable form, I certainly had to check it out.Well. Damn. I wouldn't have let him publish it either. I guess Willeford really bristled at the idea of writing a sequel. Never have I read a bigger fuck you to readers than this. The balls it took to write something like this. Holy hell. No spoilers here, but it begins with lovable l...
The intended sequel to Miami Blues. Extremely dark, this was never published and somehow found its way onto the web. Fans of Willeford, I am sure, will find this dark as well. Hoke Mosely is a different and bleak man living an austere life when he is saddled with his kids by his selfish ex wife. Whatever will happen? Definitely not your usual Daddy Dearest story.
I'd guess I read this at least 10 years ago and it really blew me away. The balls it took to write this is (are?) amazing, although it's not a surprise it wasn't published. I'm glad that hotter heads prevailed and it got released in manuscript form. it belongs next to The Burnt Orange Heresy on my own personal shelf of truly hilarious weirdness.
Unpublished sequel to Miami Blues. Hoke Moseley the way he should have been! Pascal quote on title page says it all! Wish I didn't have to read a .PDF however.