Tag Archives: Hardboiled Mystery

Raymond Chandler / Hardboiled / Writer [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

November 09, 2016 And now, after two weeks of talking with you about the hardboiled revolution, we come to talking about my favourite writer of detective stories. It is a sin for a reviewer to call out a favourite (and … Continue reading

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Dashiell Hammett / Hardboiled / Writer [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

Hammett gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse; and with the means at hand, not with hand-wrought duelling pistols, curare, and tropical fish. He put these people down on paper as they are, and he made them talk and think in the language they customarily used for these purposes. He had style, but his audience didn’t know it, because it was in a language not supposed to be capable of such refinements… Continue reading

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Black Mask Magazine / Hardboiled / History [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

Detective fiction started as a genre in the mid-1800s, with Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’ and other adventures of the detective C. August Dupin. Some exceptional novels and short stories followed, most notably those of Wilkie Collins and Émile Gaboriau. The last years of the 1800s saw the arrival of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, of Sherlock Holmes and the Golden Age of detective fiction. Mostly, these mysteries eschewed too much of blood-and-gore, and were neither committed, nor solved by the common man. All that would change with the advent of the hardboiled detective and the Black mask magazine. Continue reading

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The Continental Op / Red Harvest [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

So you know that I have been writing a column on Detective Fiction with The New Indian Express. I really like the name of the column – It’s a Crime! 23 December 2015 Here was my first piece, on Dashiell … Continue reading

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