This is the first of three books featuring Hoke Moseley, a Miami police detective. Good stuff, if a bit formulaic: Rough-around-the-edges-cop, straight laced partner, bureaucrat boss, naive-but-plucky females, sociopath bad guy and all the other stock urban crime characters mix it up on the way to a satisfying resolution. The other two are similar. Formulas exist for a reason, though. When followed well, they work. These books do. The writing is crisp. The there’s no manufactured suspense. The location is richly described. These are great books.
Miami Blues by Charles Willeford