Category Archives: Hardboiled

Raymond Chandler: The Lady in the Lake

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Derace Kingsley marched briskly behind about eight hundred dollars’ worth of executive desk and planted his backside in a tall leather chair. He reached himself a panatela out of a copper and mahogany box and trimmed it and lit it … Continue reading

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Harry Stephen Keeler: The Shark-skin Book

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They’ve got Ogden Farlow dead to rights! Under the third degree he admitted that the body, with a bullet from his gun in its skull, is lying buried in his basement. It’s the most open-and-shut case the DA has ever … Continue reading

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Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye

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Crime isn’t a disease, it’s a symptom. Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumour, except that the cop would rather cure it with a blackjack. We’re a big, rough, rich, wild people and crime … Continue reading

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John D. MacDonald: The Deep Blue Good-by

I am wary of a lot of other things, such as plastic credit cards, payroll deductions, insurance programmes, retirement benefits, savings accounts, Green Stamps, time clocks, newspapers, mortgages, sermons, miracle fabrics, deodorants, check lists, time payments, political parties, lending libraries, … Continue reading

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Dashiell Hammett: Red Harvest

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‘Your fat chief of police tried to assassinate me last night. I don’t like that. I’m just mean enough to want to ruin him for it. Now I’m going to have my fun. I’ve got ten thousand dollars of your money to … Continue reading

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Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon

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The tappity-tap-tap and the thin bell and muffled whir of Effie Perine’s typewriting came through the closed door. Somewhere in a neighboring office a power-driven machine vibrated dully. On Spade’s desk a limp cigarette smoldered in a brass tray filled … Continue reading

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Raymond Chandler: Farewell, My Lovely

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Farewell, My Lovely Raymond Chandler First published in the US,  Alfred A. Knopf, 1945 This edition, Penguin, 2010 ISBN: 9780241954355 320 pages Farewell opens in style. Wisecracking PI Philip Marlowe is dragged into a situation that gets out of control very … Continue reading

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Kiss Me, Brickly

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A while ago I posted about LEGO Sherlock Holmes, and now the Danish brick designers have gone a bit Black Mask with their new hard-boiled Detective Office. The set is incredibly detailed, with a mind-boggling 2,262 pieces including a flush toilet and … Continue reading

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Hillary Waugh: Last Seen Wearing…

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Last Seen Wearing… Hillary Waugh First published in the US by Doubleday Crime Club, 1952 This edition: 1960, Pan Books 186 pages Source: Greenmetropolis Marilyn Lowell Mitchell, an 18-year-old student at a fictional college in Bristol, Massachusetts, goes missing from her dorm. … Continue reading

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Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep

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The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler First published in the US 1939 by Alfred A. Knopf This edition Penguin Books, 2011 ISBN: 9780241956281 251 pages Source: Wymondham Library It’s probably impossible for a lowly blogger to find a fresh angle on The Big Sleep. It … Continue reading

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