January 2, 1919. "Nobody writes a better crime novel," is what Elmore Leonard said about Charles Willeford, who was born this day in Arkansas. He started writing in the 1950s after years in and out of the military. Many consider The Burnt Orange Heresy (1971) his best book but Miami Blues (published in his sixties), which introduced his character Hoke Moseley, is considered the start of modern Florida crime fiction. It was made into a movie, as were Cockfighter, and The Woman Chaser.