Re: RARA-AVIS: Black Mask Boys

William Denton (
Sun, 9 May 1999 23:30:58 -0400 (EDT) On 9 May 1999, Joe Hoffman wrote:

: In my pursuit of learning more about hardboiled mysteries, I think I
: have identified eight major writers of this venue: Dashiell Hammett,
: Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner, Carroll John Daly, Horace
: McCoy, Paul Cain, Frederick Nebel and Raoul Whitfield. I know there
: are more, but who would they be?

You've certainly got eight of the top early hardboiled writers. There are
others from that era, like Norbert Davis and Frank Gruber, but they're not
as well known as the ones you mention. To be honest, though, all but the
first three are mostly forgotten.

There are a couple of bibliographies up at

under "Fiction Lists" that will list some other writers. They may suggest
some names you want to investigate.

: And was Whitfield's protagonist Greer someone?

You're probably thinking of Jo Gar.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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