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Carroll John Daly: Hard Boiled Detective Writer

I believe I have Wiggy to thank for this one.


"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

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..

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


"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.

Twists, Slugs and Roscoes: A Glossary of Hardboiled Slang

This is a useful glossary - sent to me by Xtine66 - for anyone who has a little trouble in understanding the following:

"The flim-flammer jumped in the flivver and faded."

"You dumb mug, get your mitts off the marbles before I stuff
that mud-pipe down your mush--and tell your moll to hand over
the mazuma."

"The sucker with the schnozzle poured a slug but before he
could scram out two shamuses showed him the shiv and said
they could send him over."

Raymond Chandler


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.

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.