Long-time lurker, first-time poster. Defining parameters of
hardboiled novel has always interested me. I lean more toward Bill
Denton's point that "there's more to hardboiled" than attitude and local
I think the term "hardboiled" has to permeate an entire novel. It
is a bleak, cynical outlook shared by all characters, not just the
hero. The man fit to survive in such a world (the hero) is one whose
courage and optimism are enough to counter predominant pessimism.
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