Hardboiled Crime Fiction

What is hardboiled crime? Hard-boiled crime fiction was born in the 1920s. One of its great early voices was Dashiell Hammett, who spent his early twenties working as a Pinkerton detective. In 1921, he moved to San Francisco and tried his hand at writing, inspired by the tough characters he’d encountered while sleuthing and strike-breaking, as well as the earlier stories published in the pulp magazine, Black Mask, by the largely forgotten writer, Carroll John Daly. Today, hardboiled crime includes voices such as James Ellroy, Dennis Lynds, Jerome Charyn, Joseph Wambaugh and more.