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New Hope for the Dead

(Hoke Moseley #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  946 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Miami homicide detective Hoke Moseley is called to a posh Miami neighborhood to investigate a lethal overdose. There he meets the alluring stepmother of the decedant, and begins to wonder about dating a witness. Meanwile, he has been threatened with suspension by his ambitious new chief unless he leaves his beloved, if squalid, suite at the El Dorado Hotel, and moves downt ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published August 10th 2004 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published 1985)
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James Thane
New Hope for the Dead is the second novel in Charles Willeford’s Hoke Moseley series, following Miami Blues. Hoke is a middle-aged Miami P.D. homicide detective who’s been gutted financially by a divorce and has been reduced to living in a tiny room in a run-down residential hotel that is inconveniently located just outside the Miami city limits. Inconveniently, because Hoke’s boss has just laid down the law and announced that the department will begin rigorously enforcing the requirement that a ...more
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night
New Hope for the Dead is Charles Willeford's follow up to Miami Blues, the debut appearance of series detective Moseley. Except it's an entirely different beast of a novel. Willeford clearly didn't anticipate Moseley becoming a repeat performer in that first outing, making him secondary to the crazy Freddie Frenger Jr. and so this second novel gave him an opportunity to really flesh out the character, establish his world and really outline where this series of books is headed.

This time out Mosel
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Lacking the great antagonist of Willeford's first novel, Miami Blues (played in the film of the same name by a young Alec Baldwin in full anarchic, scene-chewing glee), New Hope for the Dead seems to suffer from a sense of direction and purpose as the first novel in the series. Indeed, it was bit of a plod until Hoke Moseley and crew undertook the burden of 50 cold case files thrown at them by their ambitious boss while his two teenage daughters show up unannounced on his doorstep. The novel gat ...more
Aug 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Almost nothing happens in this book but I'd rather hang out with Hoke Mosley than almost anyone on Earth
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I might not read any other authors apart from Charles Willeford for awhile. This guy. Man.

I enjoyed this just as much as Miami Blues even though I only gave it 4 stars versus the 5 I gave to MB. The crime-solvey bit that frames the middle parts is a little meh compared to that of MB, but man oh man the middle parts of this book. Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. I burst out laughing at least three times, and if Hoke Moseley's sex talk with his daughters could be turned into a 2 minute play, I would see the da
Carla Remy
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
After Miami Blues, which was about the bad guy as much as Hoke Mosely, the good guy, comes a meandering tale of Hoke's life. Dark and gritty in spots, gentle and likable overall.
Printable Tire
There's an OD that might be a homicide, but the real question is, will Mosely take the house sitting job where he has to jerk off a dog? I loved the psychopath narrative in Miami Blues so much that whenever Mosely showed up I got a little impatient. But here he's a great character, and this thing reads like a tightly plotted Bukowski novel. Hard for me not to picture Richard Jenkins or Ben Gazzara as Mosely.
What a weird novel. Willeford was to crime fiction what Philip.K.Dick was to sci-fi. Hoke Moseley is unlike any other police detective in the crime fiction genre. He is almost like an average middle class guy in some ways - he has to deal with rent and alimony, he has not had sex in a long time and in this book, he has to take care of his teenage daughters while he deals with gluttonous cravings and obesity. Despite being a policeman, he faces housing problems caused by mass immigration and whit ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I like Hoke Moseley and all ... but this follow up to Miami Blues was dull. It was a like a very odd episode of Father Knows Best. Hardly anything happens except for conversations with Hoke's coworkers, Hoke searching for a place to live, and a weak-ass mystery.

There were some funny quotes and conversations that saved this from a one star review. The biggest difference between this installment and Miami Blues was the back and forth plots of Hoke and the main criminal character. I must say I pref
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Hoke Moseley novel is to literature as comfort food is to cuisine. You have to like the guy because he's just like you or at least some of your friends. He struggles with his finances, his relationships, his job, just like a real person. He's not above taking advantage of a situation for his own benefit but he's nowhere near a bad person, just an average joe and that is what makes him so appealing.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This second installment in the Hoke Moseley series is an improvement over the first "Miami Blues."

Hoke Moseley has a heap of problems, but maintains a sense of humor and street smarts. The scene in which he figures out how a young addict was killed is wonderful. The other characters in the book, including his new partner and his daughters, are well written.

Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: calibre, crime
I loved the other two Charles Willeford books I've read, but I could not finish this one. I gave up with less than 80 pages to go.

There simply isn't a plot. That might be ok for a Murakami novel, but for the follow-up to Miami Blues? It's Hoke trying to find an apartment; Hoke thinking about minorities; Hoke awkwardly hanging out with his daughters; Hoke helping his partner move.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I discovered Charles Willeford’s work last year and he’s become one of my favorite crime writers. Cockfighter was the best crime book I read in 2017 and his first Hank Moseley story Miami Blues will be chalked up to one of the best I’ve read this year. A raucous tale of the worst cat-and-mouse game ever played between cop and criminal.

Willeford has a skill for three-dimensional characters, good-but-not-flashy dialogue, wry humor, and measured cynicism. All of those are on display for New Hope fo
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
NEW HOPE FOR THE DEAD. (1985). Charles Willeford. ***.
This was an entry in Willeford’s Hoke Mosely detective series. There were a total of four works in this series, and they put Willeford on the best seller map, until he passed away in 1988. As I re-read these works, I realized that the author did not write these books for the pleasure of his readers – instead, he wrote them for the delectation of his writing compatriots. It was only after Willeford’s works that the key detective presence becam
Luca Trovati
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secondo giro nella vita da girone infernale del detective Moseley, qui non più comprimario ma vero protagonista del romanzo. Unico e inimitabile, divertente e allo stesso tempo malinconico, con un sacco di donne che gli vorticano intorno: colleghe gravide che diventano coinquiline, figlie mai viste letteralmente catapultate tra le sue braccia, amanti focose con segreti proibiti.
In una Miami afosa ma costantemente colpita dalle piogge pomeridiane la vita di Moseley si alterna tra casi irrisolti,
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One way to understand the history of detective fiction is to weigh out the changing balance between character-building and the central plot.

The Victorian ancestors of "detective fiction" proper were much richer in character than in plot. Consider The Moonstone, whose pleasure derives not so much from a stolen diamond as the round robin narrative eccentricity. The novel shows us not crime in a bare form, as golden age crime novels do (though always dressed with an inconsequential motive as thoug
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This would have been a five-star novel if there hadn't been so many serious flaws in the plot, such as drug dealers not be very angry about losing $25,000 in cash to a junkie bagman. It is, however, laugh-out-loud funny at least once a chapter.
Daniel Polansky
A cop and his people in 80’s Miami. There was some good slice of life stuff here, and I didn’t find the narrative (such that it was) entirely unengaging, but two weeks after I read it I can’t remember anything that really happened, which usually isn’t a great sign.
New Hope for the Dead, uscito nel 1985 (in Italia l’ha pubblicato Marcos y Marcos col titolo Tempi d’oro per i morti), di Charles Willeford, è la seconda puntata, dopo Miami Blues , delle avventure di Hoke Moseley, sergente della polizia di Miami con un’aura ben poco da “maledetto”, tutt’altro: i suoi guai sono molto meschini, prosaici, ma affrontati con uno spirito pratico che lascia poco spazio all’autocommiserazione o, appunto, al “fascino” dell’antieroe perdente e in lotta con la società.

Mar 07, 2015 rated it liked it
This is my kinda crime book. While I love various genre fiction, I don't read a lot of mysteries because, at this mnemonically-challenged point in my life, the puzzle aspect just doesn't appeal all that much. Who cares who killed Roger Ackroyd, indeed, but, more importantly, who can remember? So, New Hope for the Dead, full to bursting with the atmosphere (the mini-malls and apartment blocks of fungible, lower-middle class Miami exurbs that perfectly embody the disappointment and alienation of a ...more
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
"New Hope for the Dead" is the second Hoke Moseley story by Charles Willeford. Moseley is a middle-aged cop in early 1980's Miami, but Willeford passes over the "Miami Vice" coke don gloss usually associated with that area in that era, and tells stories of humid day-to-day life. Hard boiled with a heart.

In this story, Moseley has a new partner, who is pregnant, and he needs to find a home for himself and the two daughters that his ex wife just dumped on him. These problems slowly but surely inte
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Very snappily written, with sharp, sardonic descriptions, realistic dialogue and a story that's less about the mysteries that are solved along the way as they are about Hoke Moseley's quotidian dilemmas - finding housing,looking after two teenage daughters and generally making ends meet. The way he solves his housing problem is startlingly amoral by my standards. My first Willeford novel and it seems like I'd enjoy more.
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Hoke Moseley works to solve 50 cold cases and one apparent OD while desperately searching for a Miami based apartment. His teenage daughters arrive to live with Hoke while he tries to make sense of his current situation. Things were a little different in 1978 but Hoke manages to bridge the gap with today's world of crime fiction.
Mattia Pallavicini
Secondo libro della quadrilogia di quel personaggio di cui mi sono innamorato dopo aver letto il primo e che adesso, dopo il secondo, si è preso ufficialmente un posto tra i miei preferiti.

Hoke è un personaggio dall'aspetto fatiscente, che abita posti fatiscenti e intrattiene fatiscenti relazioni personali mentre, da dietro le quinte, tira le redini del dipartimento Omicidi di Miami, anch'esso fatiscente, oltre che quelle della vita delle persone legate a lui: tante pecorelle smarrite che si tr
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This time around Hoke Moseley has no antagonist to go up against, but rather is facing a slew of domestic problems. He needs a new place to live, deal with his new partner's family issues, handle his boss' somewhat unrealistic workload, find romance, and deal with his two teenage daughters dropped on him out of nowhere by his ex-wife. This is unlike any detective novel I have ever read before and seems very mild for a Willeford book, but however the character detail given to Hoke is so endearing ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Enjoyable, standard rather plodding crime story. Kind of like watching Law and Order.. not great, but riveting enough. In this one, Hoke has his daughters come to stay with him and then his pregnant partner Alita also comes in to her house as a platonic partner. Eventually Hoke is able to blackmail a killer to leave town to take over her house for 4 years (at the price of him keeping quiet). For plot twists like that and the sometime lowlife characters, I enjoy Willeford, though this book did ha ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A well-done sequel of sorts to Miami Blues, this one like its predecessor in its dark humor and deadpan style but unlike it in terms of the plot: there’s no equivalent to Junior here and the book is more leisurely paced. There are some crimes and Hoke solves them, but these are secondary to the portrait of a middle-aged detective trying to reclaim some of the dignity he lost so long ago that he can’t remember where he put it. There are also a few truly shocking moments where I covered my mouth w ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyably rambly story of something like an investigation, but maybe more of a character study set in the seedier areas of Miami. Willeford has a sly humor he gets in there often, and his lead character, police sergeant Moseley, is amusingly realistic, shall we say, in how he goes about solving crimes and thinking about the world.
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Willeford's carefully drawn hero, Hoke Moseley, just gets better. His even-handed approach to policing and crime ends up solving his and his partner's housing problem in a rather unexpected manner. Again, little policing goes on, but the story unfolds at just the right place. Willeford writes sparely and beautifully.
St Fu
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
If I'd read this before Miami Blues, I'd probably have given it 5 stars and Miami Blues would have gotten the 4. It's just that what was so original when you first encounter it becomes more recognizable when you see it again. E.g. we had a Hare Krishna guy show up here as well. This is still a fun book to read.
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Charles Willeford was a remarkably fine, talented and prolific writer who wrote everything from poetry to crime fiction to literary criticism throughout the course of his impressively long and diverse career. His crime novels are distinguished by a mean'n'lean sense of narrative economy and an admirable dearth of sentimentality. He was born as Charles Ray Willeford III on January 2, 1919 in Little ...more

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