Mystery > Hardboiled

Started in the 1920s and perfected in the 1930s, the hard boiled detective was one of the most popular forms to arise from the pulp fiction magazines.

The hard boiled detective was a character who had to live on the mean streets of the city where fighting, drinking, swearing, poverty and death were all part of life. This new type of detective had to balance the day to day needs of survival against the desire to uphold the law and assist justice. Living in the toughest of environments, and required to be tougher than the evil surrounding him, our new heroes had to become "hard boiled".

In this new world, the hard boiled detective began to administer a new form of justice where if need be, he himself would cross the line and break the law, to insure that justice was done. Our hero was thrust into a world where he had to choose between different levels of evil and no one was truely on the side of good. His survival often depended upon a shoot first, ask questions later approach where the ability to reason out a murder is less important than the ability to fight one's way out of a jam.

This ushered in a new era of action packed detective stories where the murder no longer took place off stage and instead took place all around our hero on an ongoing basis. In some respects, the hard boiled detective was in response to the rising crime and gangster activety caused by Prohibition and then the Great Depression. But once Carroll John Daly introduced us to Race Williams, and Dashiell Hammett introduced us to Sam Spade, the world of detective fiction changed forever.

 

Featured Titles:

    The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler's first novel, published in 1939, introduces us to Philip Marlowe, a thirty-eight-old private detective moving through the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s. The case involves a paralyzed California millionaire, two psychotic daughters, blackmail, and murder.

Year: 1939
Genre: ExtortionHardboiledMysteryPrivate Eye

    The Deep Blue Good-By by John D. MacDonald

McGee isn't particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet backwoods girl who's been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allen? What Travis isn't anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake. Enter Junior's latest victim, Lois Atkinson.

Year: 1964
Genre: Hardboiled

 

Selected Titles:

TitleAuthorSeriesTags

A Deadly Shade of Gold John D. MacDonald TRAVIS MCGEE
A is for Alibi Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
A Purple Place for Dying John D. MacDonald TRAVIS MCGEE
A Tan and Sandy Silence John D. MacDonald TRAVIS MCGEE
Altered Carbon Richard K. Morgan TAKESHI KOVACS
B is for Burglar Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
Back Spin Harlan Coben MYRON BOLITARGOLF
Blue City Ross Macdonald
Bright Orange for the Shroud John D. MacDonald TRAVIS MCGEE
C is for Corpse Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
Chasing Darkness Robert Crais ELVIS COLE & JOE PIKE
D is for Deadbeat Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
Darker Than Amber John D. MacDonald TRAVIS MCGEE
Doan and Carstairs: Their Complete Cases Norbert Davis
E is for Evidence Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
F is for Fugitive Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
Fade Away Harlan Coben MYRON BOLITAR
Find a Victim Ross Macdonald LEW ARCHER
Free Fall Robert Crais ELVIS COLE & JOE PIKE
G is for Gumshoe Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
God Save the Child Robert B. Parker SPENSER
H is for Homicide Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
I is for Innocent Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
Indigo Slam Robert Crais ELVIS COLE & JOE PIKE
J is for Judgement Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
Joyland Stephen King
K is for Killer Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
L is for Lawless Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
Lullaby Town Robert Crais ELVIS COLE & JOE PIKEHOLLYWOOD
M is for Money Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
N is for Noose Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
Nightmare in Pink John D. MacDonald TRAVIS MCGEE
O is for Outlaw Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
One Fearful Yellow Eye John D. MacDonald TRAVIS MCGEE
P is for Peril Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
Pale Gray for Guilt John D. MacDonald TRAVIS MCGEE
Q is for Quarry Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
R is for Ricochet Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
Red Harvest Dashiell Hammett CONTINENTAL OP
S is for Silence Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
Shoot the Piano Player David Goodis
Snatch Gregory McDonald
Stalking the Angel Robert Crais ELVIS COLE & JOE PIKE
T is for Trespass Sue Grafton KINSEY MILLHONE
Taken Robert Crais ELVIS COLE & JOE PIKEHUMAN TRAFFICKING
The Barbarous Coast Ross Macdonald LEW ARCHERHOLLYWOOD
The Big Book of the Continental Op Dashiell Hammett CONTINENTAL OP
The Big Knockover Dashiell Hammett CONTINENTAL OP
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler PHILIP MARLOWE
The Colorado Kid Stephen King
The Complete Cases of Bail-Bond Dodd Volume 1 Norbert Davis
The Complete Cases of the Reckoner Carroll John Daly
The Complete Cases of Vee Brown, Volume 1 Carroll John Daly
The Continental Op Dashiell Hammett CONTINENTAL OP
The Deep Blue Good-By John D. MacDonald TRAVIS MCGEE
The Doomsters Ross Macdonald LEW ARCHER
The Drowning Pool Ross Macdonald LEW ARCHER
The First Rule Robert Crais ELVIS COLE & JOE PIKE
The Forgotten Man Robert Crais ELVIS COLE & JOE PIKE
The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper John D. MacDonald TRAVIS MCGEE
The Ivory Grin Ross Macdonald LEW ARCHER
The Lady in the Lake Raymond Chandler PHILIP MARLOWE
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler PHILIP MARLOWE
The Long Lavender Look John D. MacDonald TRAVIS MCGEE
The Monkey's Raincoat Robert Crais ELVIS COLE & JOE PIKEHOLLYWOOD
The Moving Target Ross Macdonald LEW ARCHER
The Promise Robert Crais ELVIS COLE & JOE PIKE
The Quick Red Fox John D. MacDonald TRAVIS MCGEEHOLLYWOOD
The Scarlet Ruse John D. MacDonald TRAVIS MCGEE
The Sentry Robert Crais ELVIS COLE & JOE PIKE
The Turquoise Lament John D. MacDonald TRAVIS MCGEEHAWAII
The Wanted Robert Crais ELVIS COLE & JOE PIKE
The Watchman Robert Crais ELVIS COLE & JOE PIKE
The Way Some People Die Ross Macdonald LEW ARCHER
Trouble Is My Business Raymond Chandler PHILIP MARLOWE
Turn on the Heat Erle Stanley Gardner COOL & LAM
Voodoo River Robert Crais ELVIS COLE & JOE PIKE