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Author: Charles Willeford Narrator: Stephen Bowlby Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Hoke Moseley Novels Release Date: July 2014 ISBN: 9781483002354
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Hoke Moseley has had enough. Tired of struggling against alimony payments, two teenage daughters, a very pregnant and very single partner, and a low-paying job as a Miami homicide detective, Hoke moves to Singer Island and vows never to set foot on the mainland again. But on the street, career criminal Troy Louden is hatching plans of his own with a gang that includes a disfigured hooker, a talentless artist, and a clueless retiree. But when Louden’s simple robbery results in ruthless and indiscriminate bloodshed, Hoke quickly remembers why he is a cop and hurls himself back into the world he meant to leave behind forever.

A masterly tale of midlife crisis and murder, Sideswipe is a page-turning thriller packed with laughs, loaded with suspense, and featuring one of the most truly original detectives of all time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford.”

    Elmore Leonard

  • “Hoke Moseley is a magnificently battered hero. Willeford brings him to us lean and hard and brand-new.”

    Donald E. Westlake, Edgar Award–winning author

  • “[The author has] a master’s insight into the humid decadence of South Florida and its polyglot tribes. Nobody does that as well as Mr. Willeford.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Extraordinarily winning…Pure pleasure…Mr. Willeford never puts a foot wrong.”

    New Yorker

  • “A blend of gripping action and wry, off-beat humor.”

    Washington Post

  • “Willeford has a marvelously deadpan way with losers on both sides of the law.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “The chapter-by-chapter entertainment is rich, distinctive, disturbing—with a grimly fanciful view of human nature reminiscent of Thomas Berger.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Another unrelenting entry in the Hoke Moseley series. Distinguished by cleverly sustained tension, drolly observant vignettes of Miami life, and a narrative that moves with unsettling ease from the routine to the terrifying, Sideswipe develops two tales of loneliness and frustration that lead to a bloody confrontation between the two principal characters…Willeford writes with offhand grace, supporting his saga of sad lives with well-detailed, multilayered characterizations.”


  • “Nobody writes like Charles Willeford…He is an original—funny, weird, and wonderful.”

    James Crumley, award-winning crime fiction author

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About the Author

Charles Willeford (1919–1988) was a highly decorated tank commander with the Third Army in World War II. He was also a professional horse trainer, boxer, radio announcer, and painter. Willeford, the author of twenty novels, created the series featuring Miami detective Hoke Moseley, which includes Miami Blues, New Hope for the DeadSideswipe, and The Way We Die Now.

About the Narrator

Stephen Bowlby has worked as a professional voice actor for more than forty years. His experience spans animation, character work, commercials, and narration. He has read numerous audiobooks throughout his career, including titles by Harold Robbins, Stuart M. Kaminsky, John Sculley, William P. McGivern, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.