Posts Categorized: Hard-Boiled

Hard-Boiled Dialogue: From Philip Marlowe to Jake Lassiter

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Hard-boiled dialogue…the literary equivalent of a quick punch to the gut. “It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window.” “Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.” Those hard-boiled lines come from the mind of tough-guy P.I. Philip Marlowe, which is to say from author Raymond…

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Crime Fiction: Brash New Kid on the Block

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By Paul Levine Crime Fiction authors Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman remind me of Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks. And no, neither Lee nor Joel has a mustache. Ninety-five years ago, Chaplin and Fairbanks (along with Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith) opened their own studio: United Artists. They’d been working for the big-name studios and thought they…

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Mystery Books Hard-Boiled: From Spade to Lassiter

By Paul Levine This question recently appeared on Facebook: “Who’s your favorite character in hard-boiled fiction?” The answers were smart and reflected knowledge of both classic and post-modern noir crime fiction. Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer were among the answers. So, too, of course was Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade. How could he not…

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