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  • adj. Alternative spelling of hard-boiled.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of hardboil.


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  • [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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • Besides, count me as one who actually prefers the earlier "hardboiled" approach to the later funnier episodes.

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  • 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

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  • She’s every bar floozie you ever met and yet she transcends the stereotype by having a kind of hardboiled street intelligence.

    Archive 2008-03-01


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