hard-boiled

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Don't Look for Me

Loren D. Estleman
3
Rated by
Don M.
Friday, Sep 9, 2016

In Don't Look for Me, private investigator Amos Walker is hired to track down a missing wife. He has no solid leads, so he starts at the herbal remedies store that she frequented. All of a sudden, people are tailing him and people are dying! Raymond Chandler once said that when he didn’t know what to do, he would send a man through the door with a gun in his hand.

a man and a woman, with arms extended, shooting handguns

Killers

Howie Carr
4
Rated by
Don M.
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016

I really enjoyed this book! This is Howie Carr’s second novel and I am as impressed with this one as I was with the first.

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Green Hell

Ken Bruen
3
Rated by
Don M.
Thursday, Jan 21, 2016

It’s not often that you open a book to find the main character quoting author James Crumley. But Ken Bruen is clearly a student of the genre; references to the history of hard-boiled fiction keep dropping, which is a very nice treat for the reader.

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The Sundown Speech

Loren D. Estleman
4
Rated by
Don M.
Thursday, Dec 24, 2015

The Sundown Speech is the twenty-fifth Amos Walker novel by Loren D. Estleman, and he still has it. He has set the story in Ann Arbor, a useful change of scenery for our private detective, who is usually based in Detroit.

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Dark Times in the City

Gene Kerrigan
3
Rated by
Don M.
Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015

Hardboiled has been transported to Ireland and the result is thoroughly enjoyable!

The Glass Key

Dashiell Hammett
4
Rated by
Don M.
Thursday, Mar 19, 2015

Ned Beaumont is right hand man to Paul Madvig, who runs this anonymous city. Beaumont is the fixer and the general election is coming up will be a close one. Madvig is a political cohort to Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry and is in love with Henry's daughter, who does not return the feeling. When a senator’s son is killed, the pressure is on city officials to solve the murder and Beaumont is right in the thick of it.

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012

There is a new player in town! Hardboiled has a great new addition in P.G. Sturges. This is the debut novel of the son of the director, Preston Sturges. The Shortcut Man is an entertaining ride into the sleazy side of L.A.

Hard Knocks by Howie Carr

0
Rated by
Don M.
Thursday, Mar 15, 2012

I am always on the lookout to find new hard-boiled mysteries/thrillers so I happened onto this book while browsing and decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did. What a fun read! Jack Reilly is a retired cop just trying to make it through the day. His “brudda” is in prison and complicates his life no end. So he ends up doing a favor for his brudda’s friend and the next thing you know, the guy gets popped right after talking to Reilly. See where I am goin wit dis? Did I