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Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (1995) [Anthology]
by David Alexander Benjamin Appel Lawrence Block Leigh Brackett Gil Brewer W.R. Burnett James M. Cain Paul Cain Raymond Chandler William Cole Jonathan Craig Norbert Davis H.A. DeRosso James Ellroy David Goodis Ed Gorman Brett Halliday Dashiell Hammett James Hannah Chester Himes Evan Hunter Faye Kellerman Michael Kerr Elmore Leonard John D. MacDonald Ross MacDonald Daniel Mainwaring Margaret Maron Frederick Nebel Helen Nielsen James M. Reasoner Robert Sampson Mickey Spillane Jim Thompson Andrew Vachss Raoul Whitfield Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Edited by Bill Pronzini and Jack Adrian.

Compellingly and compulsively readable, Hardboiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories is a page-turner no mystery lover will want to be without. Included are thirty-six superbly suspenseful stories that chronicle the evolution of this quintessentially American art form, from its earliest beginnings during the Golden Age of the legendary pulp magazine Black Mask in the 1920s, to the arrival of the tough digest Manhunt in the 1950s, and finally leading up to present-day hard-boiled stories by such writers as James Ellroy. Here are eight decades worth of the best writing about betrayal, murder, and mayhem: from Hammett's 1925 tour de force "The Scorched Face" to Ed Gorman's 1992 "The Long Silence After." Other contributors include Evan Hunter (better known as Ed McBain), Paul Cain, Norbert Davis, Jim Thompson, Helen Nielsen, Margaret Maron, Andrew Vachss, Faye Kellerman, and Lawrence Block.

Containing many notable rarities, Hardboiled celebrates a genre that has profoundly shaped not only American literature and film, but how we see our heroes and ourselves.


  • The Scorched Face by Dashiell Hammett
  • Round Trip by W.R. Burnett
  • Mistral by Raoul Whitfield
  • Backwash by Frederick Nebel
  • Trouble-Chaser by Paul Cain
  • Fruit Tramp by Daniel Mainwaring
  • Brush Fire by James M. Cain
  • Human Interest Stuff by Brett Halliday
  • Waiting for Rusty by William Cole
  • I'll Be Waiting by Raymond Chandler
  • Marijuana and a Pistol by Chester Himes
  • Who Said I Was Dead? by Norbert Davis
  • Nor Iron Bars by John D. MacDonald
  • Dock Walloper by Benjamin Appel
  • Three-Ten to Yuma by Elmore Leonard
  • The Bobby-Soxer by Jonathan Craig
  • Black Pudding by David Goodis
  • Guilt-Edged Blonde by Ross Macdonald
  • Mama's Boy by David Alexander
  • The Screen Test of Mike Hammer by Mickey Spillane
  • Home by Gil Brewer
  • So Pale, So Cold, So Fair by Leigh Brackett
  • A Piece of Ground by Helen Nielsen
  • The Merry, Merry Christmas by Evan Hunter
  • Forever After by Jim Thompson
  • The Old Pro by H.A. DeRosso
  • The Saturday Night Deaths by Michael Kerr
  • Graveyard Shift by James M. Reasoner
  • Deadhead Coming Down by Margaret Maron
  • To Florida by Robert Sampson
  • It's a Hard World by Andrew Vachss
  • Junior Jackson's Parable by James Hannah
  • Bonding by Faye Kellerman
  • Gravy Train by James Ellroy
  • Batman's Helpers by Lawrence Block
  • The Long Silence After by Ed Gorman

Original title: Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesNoir

The following works are contained within this one:
     Batman's Helpers (1990) [Short Story]
      Author: Lawrence Block
     Long Silence After, the (1992) [Short Story]
      Author: Ed Gorman

Edition #1: Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories

Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (1995)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "A superb anthology of gritty crime fiction." Publishers Weekly
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ISBN: 0195084993

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