Hard Boiled

Hard-boiled crime fiction is a literary style, most commonly associated with detective stories, distinguished by the unsentimental portrayal of violence and sex. Derived from the romantic tradition which emphasized the emotions of apprehension, awe, horror and terror, hardboiled fiction deviates from that tradition in the detective's cynical attitude towards those emotions. The attitude is conveyed through the detectives inner monologue describing to the audience what he is doing and feeling.

The genre's typical protagonist is a detective, who witnesses daily the violence of organized crime tha

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The Fade Out, Vol. 2: Act Two
Phantom (Harry Hole, #9)
The Getaway God (Sandman Slim, #6)
Killing Pretty (Sandman Slim, #7)
A Drop of the Hard Stuff (Matthew Scudder, #17)
Kill City Blues (Sandman Slim, #5)
The Black-Eyed Blonde
The Informant (Butcher's Boy, #3)
Frank Sinatra in a Blender
Dark Jenny (Eddie LaCrosse, #3)
When the Thrill Is Gone (Leonid McGill, #3)
Return of the Thin Man
Fun & Games (Charlie Hardie, #1)
Cold Shot to the Heart (Crissa Stone, #1)
The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe #1)
The Maltese Falcon
The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe, #6)
Farewell, My Lovely (Philip Marlowe #2)
Red Harvest
The High Window (Philip Marlowe #3)
The Lady in the Lake (Philip Marlowe #4)
L.A. Confidential (L.A. Quartet, #3)
The Thin Man
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)
The Little Sister (Philip Marlowe, #5)
The Big Nowhere (L.A. Quartet, #2)
Die Trying (Jack Reacher, #2)
The Colorado Kid
Tripwire  (Jack Reacher, #3)

Gianrico Carofiglio
Melissa arrived punctually a few minutes after eight. She was on foot and her attire was an incitement to crime.
Gianrico Carofiglio, Testimone inconsapevole

Haruki Murakami
Kindness and a caring mind are two separate qualities. Kindness is manners. It is superficial custom, an acquired practice. Not so the mind. The mind is deeper, stronger, and, I believe, it is far more inconstant.
Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

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