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IN DEFENSE OF CARROLL JOHN DALY




"It is a recorded fact that Daly, in the pages of Black Mask in 1923,
produced the first hardboiled private eye story, predating Hammett's first Continental
Op tale by a number of months. It is also a fact that Daly was no flash-ln-the-pan.
His main character, New York shamus Race Williams, was a star attraction in the pulps
as late as 1955. These are facts which the critics and scholars cannot argue. Yet upon
admitting them, they-from Ron Goulart to David Madden to William Nolan to Steinbrunner/Penzler
and back again-all declare Daly as "unreadable" by today's standards, suggest
that his only real contribution to the genre was being the first at bat, and express
relief that development of the form was left to more competent hands like Hammett and
Chandler."


I'll have to make up my own mind about whether or not CJD is "unreadable" - which will obviously involve getting my hands on some of his books..






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This is the official website for Donna Leon in the UK.




www.brookmyre.co.uk


I can only hope that the fact that Brookmyre's official website hasn't been updated for some time means that he is hard at work on his next book.





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This is the official site for the Rebus novels and their author.




It's a shame that Rankin - and therefore REbus - kind of tailed off towards the end.







Sam Spade



Dashiell Hammett




All about Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade, bio, pictures, links to books








Dashiell Hammett

Also wrote as Peter Collinson, Daghull
Hammett, Samuel Dashiell, Mary Jane Hammett


(1894-1961)





"Hammett gave murder back to the kind of people
that commit it for reasons."


--Raymond Chandler




"I've been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of."

-- Dashiell Hammett





Hammett, Dashiell - Complete Novels


"In a few years of extraordinary creative energy, Dashiell Hammett invented the modern American crime novel.










Raymond Chandler

(1888-1959)



Raymond Chandler was one of the foremost authors (not merely one of the foremost mystery authors) of the 20th century.


"Without him, what we know today as the hard-boiled crime tale might be quite
different--probably less literary in aim, if not always in execution.
Chandler took the raw, realistic intrigue style that Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain,
and others had begun cooking up in post-World War I America, and gave
it an artistic bent, filling his fiction with evocative metaphors and
sentences that refuse to shed their cleverness with age (“It was
a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass
window”; “She sat in front of her princess dresser trying
to paint the suitcases out from under her eyes.”). Like Ernest Hemingway,
Chandler had an idiosyncratic prose “voice” that is often
imitated but rarely duplicated. “He wrote like a slumming angel
and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a wonderful
gusto and imaginative flair,” opined Ross Macdonald, who was among those influenced by Chandler's work, and who would go on--in novels such as The Chill (1964) and The Underground Man (1971)--to further elevate crime fiction's reputation."




Thanks to Xtine 66 for more fuel for my hardboiled fire.










Robert B. Parker



"Robert B. Parker has long been
acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction. His novel featuring
the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser have earned
him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by
R.W.B. Lewis’ comment, “We are witnessing one of the great
series in the history of the American detective story” (The New York Times Book Review)."




Not just Spenser, but also Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone..... details of all three series can be found on this site. I devour all of Parker's books.


I take it that the German shorthair in the photo below is Pearl the Wonderdog .....




Robert B. Parker















Holy shit! Mr Parker has his very own blog. Now that I've discovered it, he'd better not die.








Hardboiled Heaven

For the hardcore fan of hardboiled crime, mystery, and detective fiction.



Hardcore fan of hardboiled crime? That would be me, then.





Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction




This is a pretty exhaustive HardBoiled list - arranged A - Z, for the alphabetists amongst us.






MICKEY SPILLANE








Hard-boiled's most extreme stylist or
cynical exploiter of Machismo?




"He's been slated for his use of sex and
violence, condemned for his right-wing politics...  What is it
about
this guy that critics so loath and Joe Q. Citizen loves?  You, the
jury,
preside over the case of the most vilified author ever to sell 200
million copies of his books ....."





I'm a Mike Hammerist.















I hate it when authors I like die - especially when I've read all of their books. I hate knowing that there won't be any more.



















Further to the above post re. Evan Hunter - I am particularly pissed off that there will be no more 187th Precinct novels. Gggggggrrrrr.







All the latest news on what Mr Easton Ellis is writing/doing.


Informative, but the music is dead irritating.