On the Con

Scam Artists: A Suggested Reading List Perhaps it's my own particular aversion to the "amateur" sleuth thing, but my appreciation for private eyes and other "professionals" may just have to do with competence. I mean, in the right mood, I can take unlikely amateurs rising to the occasion and grabbing the gold, saving the girl … Continue reading On the Con

The Hardboiled Era (1929-58)

A Checklist from Hardboiled America [This is the appendix to Hardboiled America, by Geoffrey O'Brien (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1981). It's a very good book on the topic, although much information on writers is now available that wasn't when it was written.] The following list is designed to show the hardboiled novel not as … Continue reading The Hardboiled Era (1929-58)

The Rara-Avis Blown Away List of Hard-Boiled Writers

As compiled by Mark Blumenthal In December 1999, as the millennium drew to a close, Mark Blumenthal posed this question to the members of Rara-Avis,¬†at the time the world's premier hard-boiled crime fiction discussion list: "What established hard boiled authors have ever you read whose work so blew you away on first exposure that you … Continue reading The Rara-Avis Blown Away List of Hard-Boiled Writers

The Rara-Avis Top 100 Hard-Boiled Characters of the Twentieth Century (2002)

As Chosen by the Members of Rara-Avis Compliled by Joe Dante and Mark Blumenthal In March and April of 2002, the members of Rara-Avis, the web's premier disscussion group for all things hard-boiled, decided to poll its members on the The Top 100 Hard-Boiled Characters of the Twentieth Century. Readers were invited to submit their … Continue reading The Rara-Avis Top 100 Hard-Boiled Characters of the Twentieth Century (2002)