Saturday, February 16, 2008

Made in Miami -- Charles Willeford

Made in Miami
is the Point Blank reprint of Lust is a Woman, a Beacon Book from the '50s. According to the blurb, this is the first time the novel has been reprinted (not counting the Softcover Library edition, I guess). It's a pretty sleazy story about an art student named Ralph Tone, who takes a summer job in a hotel in Miami, where he meets Maria Dugan, a beautiful young woman who goes a long way downhill in the course of a few pages.

Ralph introduces Maria to a wealthy man named Donald McKay, who turns out to be a pimp and pornographer. With a little guile and money, McKay easily adds Maria to his stable. Ralph decides he has to get revenge, but not before a good bit of sordid sex, none of it graphic but some of it brutal. Obviously this was aimed right at the Beacon Books market. It's just fine as a historical document, and the quirky characters, the downward spiral, and the wry Willeford observations make this one worth reprinting and reading. Check it out.


pattinase (abbott) said...

They really like the closeup nowadays, don't they. Sometimes stepping back is nice.
Have to put this on my Willeford list even if it's not top-notch Willeford.

Lee Goldberg said...


You made my day with this news. I immediately ordered the book.


Bill Crider said...

Hey, if the review sold a book to you and one to Patti, Point Blank will be happy, too.

Duane Swierczynski said...

Me, too. Just ordered a copy.