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...."Classic Crime Fiction, a
resource for collectors & readers alike.
This site is constantly updated....."

Thank you Wiggy.

This is the official website for Donna Leon in the 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.

Various authors - Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s

...."a rich vein of modern American writing, works now being recognized for
the powerful literary qualities and their unique, sometimes subversive
role in shaping modern American language and culture.

Various authors - Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 40s

"Evolving out of the terse and violent style of the pulp magazines, noir
fiction expanded over the decades into a varied, innovative and
profoundly influential body of writing."

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.

Dashiell Hammet Hard Boiled Writer

Hardboiled Detective

"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".

Blame Mr. Hammet for kicking off my HardBoiled addiction.

The Hard Boiled School of Detective Fiction

A Brief History

Hard Boiled Slang Dictionary

Glossary of Slang Terms - Translate

Crime - Mystery & Detective Fiction

If you are ever stymied by a word or phrase in a hard-boiled mystery ......

A HardBoiled Slang Dictionary - it might come in handy for the verbally challenged amongst us.

Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction

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

Sam Spade

Mystery Time Line

Hard-Boiled Mysteries

HHard-boiled, or Black Mask, fiction was born in America during the
1920s, a time when magazines known as pulps were flourishing. Since the
turn of the century, these cheap publications had grown increasingly

I'm addicted to HardBoiled.


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
this guy that critics so loath and Joe Q. Citizen loves?  You, the
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.


Kenneth Millar, circa 1973.

"When Ross Macdonald died on July 11, 1983, America lost
not only a master of mystery fiction, but also one of its
finest writers. The Moving Target, The
Galton Case
, and The Goodbye Look became
bestsellers because they transcended the genre of
who-dunit to become why-dunits. Their hero, private
detective Lew Archer, does much more than track down the
killer; he also penetrates the mystery of human lives, in
which riddles are buried in victim and murderer alike. It
was for this extra dimension that Ross Macdonald
ultimately won the critical acclaim that now ranks him
with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler as a major
figure in twentieth century American letters."

I ws fortunate enough to have a boyfriend, years ago, who had all of Ross MacDonald's books. That was in another time and another country and when I got back to the UK for a brief spell, I couldn't get my Lew Archer fix. No RM books to be found.

Thank fuck for Amazon.

Chester Himes and Early African-

American Detective Novelists

"Chester Himes'
(1909-1984) role in hard-boiled fiction has its roots far outside the
typical pulp and dime novel origins. His early life and works were
similar to those of African-Americans Richard Wright and James Baldwin,
and like them he exiled himself to Paris. It was there, in desperate
need, that he began writing his "Harlem Domestic" series about
Detectives "Coffin" Ed Jones and "Grave Digger" Johnson, the first
black detectives to reach a wide audience. Many critics feel that these
ten novels, devoid of the didactic preaching in his earlier, serious
works, achieve Himes' aim more effectively. They are certainly his best
known novels."

The only Chester HImes novel I didn't like very much was the last one in the "Harlem Domestic" series. Not just because I didn't think it was as good as the others, but I hate it when good things come to an end.