January 21, 2010

Favorite Unknown


This week's question is about a favorite author people are not reading. There's the old adage that a classic is a book that's still in print. These are all still in print, and have been reprinted many times, so somebody is reading them (his current bestselling book rank at Amazon is 654, 578). But Charles Willeford is one of those novelists that never made it huge and is worth checking out.

Start with Miami Blues, the first in his Hoke Mosely series (also an underrated film). No one does hard boiled and humor in quite the same way. He's in the same league as Elmore Leonard and Donald Westlake/Richard Stark. Carl Hiaasan owes his career to Charles Willeford and another great, but now often overlooked crime/social issue novelist: John D. MacDonald.

5 comments:

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

I'm finding out about some great reads today!!

Here is mine

Alayne said...

Nice pick. My favorite unknown is at The Crowded Leaf.

doug0077 said...

Funny you should mention John D McDonald. I've just been re-reading some Travis McGees - still about the best going. Travis may need some feminism training, but his women could at least talk in full paragraphs!

All the best,

Doug

Jim said...

Brooke & Alayne, Thanks!

Doug,

He's from one of my home towns, so I've always enjoyed his work. I knew you'd like him--manly man and all!

Thanks,
Jim

Kris said...

These don't really seem to interest me, but I may pick one up. Who knows, I may just fall in love with it!

Happy reading!