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Whip Hand by Charles Willeford
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Aug 13, 2012

really liked it
Recommended to Ed by: longtime fan of the author
Recommended for: Charles Willeford fans, definitely
Read from August 13 to 15, 2012

I've read a fair number of Charles Willeford's novels, and I've never been disappointed in one. His Florida cop detective Hoke Moseley series (Miami Blues, New Hope for the Dead, Sideswipe, and The Way We Die Now) is his best known works. Those books came later in his writing career. WHIP HAND was a Gold Medal entry published by a W. Franklin Saunders in 1961, who was much later identifed to be Charles Willeford. At any rate, WHIP HAND takes place in Dallas and involves an L.A. cop on the lam, three Okie kidnappers, and the wealthy, proud Texan family of the kidnapped child. The prose isn't the most polished, but the story is deftly told through alternating character's viewpoints. There are moments of wicked black humor, several of which got a laugh out of me. The plot veers in unexpected twists, so the entertainment value is rated high. All in all, WHIP HAND is quite readable, and even worthy of a second reading if I ever get the time to revisit it.
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message 1: by Stas (new)

Stas wow, how did you even find it!? And how curious that there are two other crime novels that take that title, both later than Willeford's.


message 2: by Ed (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ed This is the tweet I got yesterday on WHIP HAND: "Nice review. If anyone's interested in reading the novel, http://Munseys.com has the free ebook (now in public domain)." So, you might try there. I'm not familiar with the other books taking the same title.


message 3: by Daniel (new)

Daniel I'm lucky enough to own the Gold Medal copy of this. I think I read somewhere once that Willeford himself didn't even know the book had been published. Don't know if that's true or not...


message 4: by Ed (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ed Daniel wrote: "I'm lucky enough to own the Gold Medal copy of this. I think I read somewhere once that Willeford himself didn't even know the book had been published. Don't know if that's true or not..."

Well then, I sure hoped he got paid for it at some point. Thanks for the comment.


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