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Hardboiled Dicks, the (1965) [Anthology]
by John K. Butler Norbert Davis Lester Dent Erle Stanley Gardner Frank Gruber Frederick Nebel Richard Sale Raoul Whitfield Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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SOCK! is what they had, those hardboiled dicks of yesteryear.

They form a segment of American crime and mystery fiction that refuses to die. Still very much with us in nearly every style of contemporary writing, the tough detective school is a mixture of cynicism, violence, native American pragmatism and heroic poetry.

The early pulp magazine had untrimmed edges and a lurid, four-color cover. It was a training ground for writers who went on to dominate the fields of Western, suspense, and action writing and particularly the mystery-detective field.

In many senses, the characters who emerged from the pulp mystery pages represented the last stronghold of individuality in a country that was plunged into the Depression.

Here, then, is an anthology of representative stories taken from the great, driving forces in pulp detective fiction: Black Mask, Dime Detective, and Detective Fiction Weekly. They represent the work being done in the 20s's and 30's and are offered here as more than a nostalgic look at the past. They are offered as prototypes of one of the most popular fiction genres ever developed.

Edited by Ron Goulart.


  • Introduction by Ron Goulart
  • Don't Give Your Right Name by Norbert Davis
  • The Saint in Silver by John K. Butler
  • Winter Kill by Frederick Nebel
  • China Man by Raoul Whitfield
  • Death on Eagle's Crag by Frank Gruber
  • A Nose for News by Richard Sale
  • Angelfish by Lester Dent
  • Bird in the Hand by Erle Stanley Gardner
  • An Informal Reading List

Original title: The Hardboiled Dicks
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesHardboiled

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Edition #1: Hardboiled Dicks, the

Hardboiled Dicks, the (1965)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Ron Goulart
Introduction by: Ron Goulart
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Manifested in:

Hardboiled Dicks, the (October 1967)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Pocket Books
Dimensions: 4.2 x 7.0 x 0.5
Pages: 268

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