“[F] rom the start it projects you into the involved and unhealthy atmosphere of the 'hardboiled' detective thriller (Hammett-Chandler: Bogart-Alan Ladd), in which violence and intrigue have acquired a new, sadistic dimension.”
“And while all of us read back and forth across the decades, there's definitely a new style, a new voice, a new take on the kind of hardboiled crime fiction Bill and I grew up reading.”
“And Fredric Brown's The Fabulous Clipjoint which creates a kind of hardboiled lyricism for the desperate world it shows us.”
“In college, during Detective Fiction class, I remember hearing about "hardboiled" detectives, and that was certainly a descriptive phrase, but if those stories were all about how some woman or another could reduce the hero to a quivering mass of gelatin, perhaps these heroes needed another minute or two in the boiling water.”
“This is my kind of hardboiled, a beleivable low life in a beleivably low life situation with none of the feigned neo-noir posturing or the tough guy crapola of so much Fifties hardboiled.”
“Bruce Grossman usually devotes his Bullets, Broads, Blackmail & Bombs column to the kind of hardboiled, pulpy, spy-thriller and aggressor-ish stuff that suggests, but to celebrate the 66th installment, he's covering some groovy horror paperbacks!”
“For instance, for his first novel, much of the inspiration came from seeing Neuromancer called "hardboiled SF" and feeling that it wasn't, that "hardboiled" is a term for a very specific form of writing.”
“Besides, count me as one who actually prefers the earlier "hardboiled" approach to the later funnier episodes.”
“Let me put it this way: I'm current re-reading Michael Chabon's 'The Yiddish Policemen's Union' which is alternate world SF and a wonderful homage to "hardboiled" pulp fiction and a moving exploration of familial and marital relationships that wouldn't be out of place in a”
“She’s every bar floozie you ever met and yet she transcends the stereotype by having a kind of hardboiled street intelligence.”
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