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Hard-Boiled

Hard-Boiled

   Murder taken out of the drawing room and into the streets. Realism. Chandler wrote about authors who "gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reason, not just to provide a corpse." Generally, but not always, featuring a private detective; usually, but not always, pervaded by pessimism. The humor, if any, will be dark. Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder novels are excellent examples. This style has been made into movies for decades (The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, Out of the Past) and can also be characterized by the same term, noir. Like crime novels, hardboiled stories tend to be urban.

Here are some examples:

Book List

A Drink Before the War (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780380726233
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: HarperTorch, 4/2003

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780394758251
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage, 8/1988

The Sins of the Fathers (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780380763634
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Avon, 9/1991

Red Harvest (Paperback)

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780679722618
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage, 7/1989

City of Whispers (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780446573337
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Grand Central Publishing, 10/2011

The Weight (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780307741318
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage, 11/2011

Blue City (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780307740731
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage, 1/2011