The Shark-Infested Custard

The Shark Infested Custard From the master of Miami noir comes this tale of four regular guys living in a singles apartment building who experience firsthand that there s than one type of heat in Miami Larry Dolman is a rather

  • Title: The Shark-Infested Custard
  • Author: Charles Willeford
  • ISBN: 9781400032518
  • Page: 112
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  • From the master of Miami noir comes this tale of four regular guys living in a singles apartment building who experience firsthand that there s than one type of heat in Miami.Larry Dolman is a rather literal minded ex cop who now works private security Eddie Miller is an airline pilot who s studying to get his real estate license Don Luchessi is a silver salesman whFrom the master of Miami noir comes this tale of four regular guys living in a singles apartment building who experience firsthand that there s than one type of heat in Miami.Larry Dolman is a rather literal minded ex cop who now works private security Eddie Miller is an airline pilot who s studying to get his real estate license Don Luchessi is a silver salesman who s separated from his wife but too Catholic to get a divorce Hank Norton is a drug company rep who gets four times as many dames as any of the other guys They are all regular guys who like to drink, play cards, meet broads, and shoot a little pool But when a friendly bet goes horribly awry, they find themselves with two dead bodies on their hands and a homicidal husband in the wings and acting like hardened criminals than upstanding citizens.

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    1. Charles Willeford

      Charles Willeford was a remarkably fine, talented and prolific writer who wrote everything from poetry to crime fiction to literary criticism throughout the course of his impressively long and diverse career His crime novels are distinguished by a mean n lean sense of narrative economy and an admirable dearth of sentimentality He was born as Charles Ray Willeford III on January 2, 1919 in Little Rock, Arkansas Willeford s parents both died of tuberculosis when he was a little boy and he subsequently lived either with his grandmother or at boarding schools Charles became a hobo in his early teens He enlisted in the Army Air Corps at age sixteen and was stationed in the Philippines Willeford served as a tank commander with the 10th Ard Division in Europe during World War II He won several medals for his military service the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, and the Luxembourg Croix de Guerre Charles retired from the army as a Master Sergeant Willeford s first novel High Priest of California was published in 1953 This solid debut was followed by such equally excellent novels as Pick Up this book won a Beacon Fiction Award , Wild Wives, The Woman Chaser, Cockfighter this particular book won the Mark Twain Award , and The Burnt Orange Heresy Charles achieved his greatest commercial and critical success with four outstanding novels about hapless Florida homicide detective Hoke Moseley Miami Blues, New Hope for the Dead, Sideswipe, and The Way We Die Now Outside of his novels, he also wrote the short story anthology The Machine in Ward Eleven, the poetry collections The Outcast Poets and Proletarian Laughter, and the nonfiction book Something About A Soldier Willeford attended both Palm Beach Junior College and the University of Miami He taught a course in humanities at the University of Miami and was an associate professor who taught classes in both philosophy and English at Miami Dade Junior College Charles was married three times and was an associate editor for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Three of Willeford s novels have been adapted into movies Monte Hellman delivered a bleakly fascinating character study with Cockfighter Charles wrote the script and has a sizable supporting role as the referee of a cockfighting tournament which climaxes the picture , George Armitage hit one out of the ballpark with the wonderfully quirky Miami Blues, and Robinson Devor scored a bull s eye with the offbeat The Woman Chaser Charles popped up in a small part as a bartender in the fun redneck car chase romp Thunder and Lightning Charles Willeford died of a heart attack at age 69 on March 27, 1988.

    847 thoughts on “The Shark-Infested Custard”

    1. Okay, so I loved this, but I can't decide whether to give it three or four stars. It lost some steam towards the end, and also I felt like a book that's told from the perspective of four different people needs to make a stronger and more successful effort to differentiate their voices. BUT, this ruled and I really did enjoy reading it. For some reason it reminded me of Jacqueline Susann, but for/about men instead of women, and set in the seventies.I recently got into a really embarrassing fight [...]


    2. Well this was kind of all over the place as a novel, it's really just a series of incidents in the lives of these four single Miami playas, the kind of guys in the 70's who wore pantsuits, hit on stewardesses, drank chivas in their shagpads, and voted Nixon. So, because this is told from their persp, it is quite douchey, but it is fairly charming with it, and willeford is clearly twisting our kahunas with these guys, and enjoying himself. Still though, not cool, probably.


    3. Written in the 1970s and published posthumously in 1993, this ambitious Florida novel was Mr. Willeford's longest book (per the rear cover's copy). The loose plot follows the fates of four male friends as they cover up a murder, chase skirts, and get each others backs. Cast in a noirish tone, Custard offers a great deal more. It's social gaze at surviving in hot, nasty Florida, entertaining us with the story's wicked, satirical, and humorous turns. I've read a few of Mr. Willeford's books and st [...]


    4. Charles Willeford felt that The Shark-Infested Custard was his masterpiece. The novel centers around four men who become friends because they all live in a Miami apartment building that caters to singles. Beyond this, the main things they have in common are a creepy crassness and an interest in the finer points of getting laid. Willeford described The Shark-Infested Custard as "a fairly nasty picture of so-called ordinary young men who are making it down here." Thus, the challenge facing Willefo [...]


    5. The subtitle "A Novel" isn't quite a goddamn lie, but it's close. It's more like a set of four semiconnected short stories / novellas centered on a group of four guys making the most of the singles lifestyle in 1970s Miami. A pharmaceutical salesman, a private security operative, an airline pilot and the henpecked middleman for a luxury silverware firm, they run the gamut from cocksure shitheels to hopelessly deluded fuck-ups. Abandoning wives and lovers, committing grand theft, covering up the [...]


    6. The four stories about four Miami, Florida, friends could have been 400. I would have followed them anywhere. Where they took me was immoral, unethical, but never unpleasant. They're such good company for a group of psychopaths. Not that they seemed like madmen: all were hardworking professionals (though they weren't really), all were decent members of society (though they weren't really) and were fun-loving loyal friends (those they weren't really). The writing is rich in detail, those details [...]


    7. Four self-absorbed, womanizing, borderline sociopathic bachelors inhabit this novel. There's raunchy sexual content, burst of violence and sprinkles of racism. Set in the Miami of the 1970's which makes some details seem dated. Best enjoyed by middle-aged men and I get the sense that women will not find this novel cute, endearing or funny.An oddly structured novel, with lots of descriptive filler as though the author just wanted to hit a word count; then again lots of authors seem to do that--wh [...]


    8. Completely chilling, more in the contrast between its banality and the casual violence, though the violence is real enough in this humid Miami of the lower white-collar worker with aspirations and rampant masculinity. Interchangeable stewardesses abound, nubile sex-starved Cubans too, the man certainly has one use for women. But it's a hard book to put down; the characters may be unlikeable but they are certainly unforgettable. And the neighborhood grocery store owner with 27 hits under his belt [...]


    9. It's a very well-woven story that rewards patience because it doesn't really start to come together until about 2/3 of the way through. It's also quite cutting and clever at times, which is appealing. That said, none of the four central characters is remotely appealing (by intent, one assumes), and the casual racism and rampaging misogyny are pretty hard to take, even if they are somewhat accurate representations of mid-1970s attitudes.


    10. Charles Willeford wrote “The Shark-Infested Custard” in 1975 but couldn’t get it published because it was considered too depressing; in fact, it’s pretty close to perfect.Willeford is best known for his Hoke Moseley novels which were published in the 1980s. The Moseley novels are more police procedural than noir (but, nevertheless very good), but “The Shark-Infested Custard” is pure noir. There are four protagonists. The novel is divided into four interlocking stories, each with one [...]


    11. Willeford has long been considered the master of the Miami noir tale. He has a knack for creating some rather twisted characters with human foibles. The "Shark-Infested Custard" is a dip into the swinging singles scene of Miami in the early 1970's. The scene, at least to start, is a giant singles apartment complex - no families allowed. "They won't let two men share an apartment." But, the "rules are relaxed for women, and two women are allowed to share one apartment."It's the perfect place for [...]





    12. this will be the 2nd willeford for medeswipe the 1std that recentlyit started out as a kind of joke, and then it wasn't funny any more because money became involved. deep down, nothing about money is funny. opening sentence+onward and upwardokay so i'm at the 25% mark, reading this kindle. before i forget:narrationthe first part is narrated by an eye-narrator, larry dolman, who is a police science graduate of the university of florida (go gators, give em hell charlie pell)ex-cop working for nati [...]


    13. The Shark Infested Custard is told in four parts, each part told in the first person from the perspective of one of the four lead characters. Willeford manages to produce four different voices and to provide a nice depth of characterization. The dialogue is spot-on, and the scenes are well penned, some of them very well so. There are some very nice observational touches throughout, especially Hank’s amateur psychology readings of other people, although this is tempered by some fairly explicit [...]


    14. This is the first Willeford I really haven't liked. The Burnt Orange Heresy was a little iffy, but this one--no. It’s about four ordinary guys living in Miami Beach. One day, they find themselves (relatively innocently enough) with a dead fourteen-year-old girl on their hands. Inexplicably, the former cop of the bunch (Larry) decides that rather than report the incident to the police, they should get rid of the body, binding them in this terrible secret.There are four parts to the book, told f [...]


    15. Caper Stories with the Willeford Existential SlantThis is a set of novelettes linked together about 4 friends who, at the start of the book, live in the same Miami apartment building. Each of the characters goes through a bizarre life changing experience that involves the others. It's hard to do a plot summary that doesn't involve spoilers because plot twists figure prominently. Each story, in one way or another, involves the consequences of an inability to relate to others. dThere are deaths an [...]


    16. The Shark Infested-Custard (1996) by Charles Willeford is supposedly one of his own personal favorites. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't rank it among my favorites though. There's plenty to like with his divergences into subjects like psychology, singles apartments, luxury flatware, pharmaceuticals among other subjects. it si a set of four interlocking stories involving four men who have become friends living in a singles' apartment complex in Miami in the 70s. Each story is told in a distinctive vo [...]


    17. Willeford’s books have been analyzed exhaustively by knowledgeable reviewers who have written masses of astute text about Shark Infested Custard—there isn’t much I can add.The story’s narrative, though grounded, exhibits tinges of dark-comedy and theater-of-the-absurd. Its dramatis personae inhabit a milieu fraught with anomie, not unlike citizens in Jim Thompson’s small towns. The bad guys are pretty ordinary until something catalyses their inner killers: then they rationalize and com [...]


    18. It is great to read a noir novel written in the '70's. I guess I haven't read many books like this that were written in that era for some reason. This is about a group of guys living in a singles apartment building in Miami. One night the most upsetting thing you can imagine happens to them, and the book just gets stranger after that. Willeford writes in a way that makes everything that happens to these guys seem plausible. Here is one of my favorite passages from this book, where one of the cha [...]


    19. I couldn't get through this, although I love Williford's Hoke Mosely novels. As others have said, it's not a novel at all but a series of four stories about four guys who live in a singles complex in Florida. There's an interesting perspective on dating and sex, a little crime, and so on. The only really interesting thing about this is that there are precursors to some of the details in the Mosely novels. For instance, there's a woman with dark patches of underarm hair who excites a "detail" man [...]


    20. Absolutely tremendous. What I think makes Willeford a genuine great American author is his ability to make create a situation that makes me howl with laughter then,seconds later,shudder with despair. His take on bachelor life in 70s Miami is a shag carpeted hellscape,where the sexual liberation of the late 60s has mutated into a machismo drenched game of ones up man-ship where the four bachelors gloat over recent bed room conquests like a fantasy football league. Titillation followed by a morali [...]


    21. The darkest of the dark, the meanest of the mean. Willeford's nastiest work (and if you haven't read him yet, believe me, that's saying something) offers up four searing indictments of good old boys so breezily entitled they drift into lanes traveled only by psychotic monsters--then wander out again, untroubled and unfazed. It's a testimony to Willeford's thoroughness as an artist (or his commitment to pulp mechanics; six of one in this field) that he doesn't abandon his typical humor. This is a [...]


    22. A grim portrait of the single male, with all the absurdity on display. It's hard not to like this novel, while at the same time being shocked at how easily these so-called normal men turn to violence and crime. It might be easy to dismiss this as simply a portrait of place and time (Miami, the 70s/early 80s), but I really doubt the nature of the beast has changed that much since then. A bit rough around the edges, not only in subject matter but style, I suspect this possibly started as a series [...]


    23. I fucking adore Willeford (avatar = hint) it's his encyclopedic knowledge of the minutiae of life in the US (under capitalism?) coupled with such a keen eye for human detail and always this otherness, an openness in his books that makes all his characters no matter how unbelievable and unpredictable their actions appear entirely convincing. He can for example spend three pages discussing how a tax-deductible PR report altered the sales plan of a trans-atlantic silverware company before seamlessl [...]


    24. This book follows four friends living in Miami. The book is broken up into four parts. The POV changes along with the part, and the plot of each section. Section two, the longest part was published separately as Kiss Your Ass Goodbye. The first two sections are classic Willeford. The action, the language, the almost but not quite absurd nature and direction of the story, all that is here and more. The second half, sections three and four seem to peter out. The book is worth reading for either th [...]


    25. Quite a shift from his tighter genre-observant Hoke Moseley novels, SHARK reads like some of Willeford's other writing (e.g BURNT-ORANGE HERESY) that exploreS the lives of outcasts and sociopaths. This novel,a sort of seedy neon Miami extreme of that type, is neither a traditional noir nor a play on the conventions of noir, but it's a compelling read anyway. The novel feels fragmentary--or a bit unfinished--and I have wondered about the circumstances of its publication. I found it a good, if idi [...]


    26. I liked this book but I didn't love it. A bunch of uber-macho single guys all kick back with BBQ and brewskis at the same swinging singles apartment building in Florida. One's an airline pilot, one sells real estate, another's a surgeon, etc. whatever. We get to experience their trials and tribulations with evil hippie White Trash drug dealers who don't know how to treat a dame the way they only know how, with their polyester jumpsuits, feathered hair, and vinyl cowboy boots. Half the time I wan [...]


    27. Willeford is one of the most unique writers I've ever read. I am not Willeford completist (barely read anything else by him), and so I'm not putting Shark-Infested C into any kind of ranking within his catalogue, but within my own: it's one of the best books ever! It's so weird. His rhythm and his penchant for truly psychotic humor. This book is about a group of crazy friends having wacky adventures in the world of Miami noir. But it's like they are the stooges of noir. The ending leaves you as [...]


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