Wow! I loved this book. I also loved Pickup but it's hard to believe it's the same author, even if many years separate the two novels. Pickup could have been written by William Kennedy. It barely feels like a crime novel-it's about down on their heels drunks, stumbling through life. It's heartbreaking, tragic.
Miami Blues could have been written yesterday by any of a bunch of current writers, except Willeford is better, making it impossible to put down. It's funny, scary and quick. Hoke Moseley is an original
After reading this in 2007, I went on to read New Hope for the Dead, Sideswipe and The Way We Die Now and enjoyed them equally. Certainly one of the more humorous crime fiction writers.